In a recent study, more people are interested in dieting than taking up an exercise program. From fad diets and detoxes to more information that says that dieting is the primary source for weight loss, people are abandoning exercise altogether. However, exercise and dieting are a powerful one-two punch in your journey to weight loss.
Doctors suggest that people should exercise, in the very least, 30 minutes a day three days a week. This can be cardio, weights, or a combination of both. For people looking to lose weight or gain strength, it is suggested that you work out 3 to 5 days a week for an hour or more.
If you exercise a lot, it doesn’t mean you can eat whatever you want. On the other hand, just because you’re dieting doesn’t mean you don’t need to exercise. The truth is that these two activities go hand in hand. You will lose weight best by dieting and exercising together. Eating the right foods will help you feel energized. Exercise will improve your metabolism, help you sleep better, and keep your body fit.
What about those who don’t diet OR exercise? Well, the simple answer is increased risk for disease, injury, and premature death. Sounds pretty extreme, but think of your health like a house. With neglect, it eventually falls into disrepair. So, don’t just go on a diet. Don’t just get a gym pass. Find ways to do both. Keeping a journal of eating and activity has been shown to help you stay on track for the long term!