When it comes to slimming down, which one matters more—exercise or diet? Two experts weigh in. Hit the Gym. Without it, only a portion of your weight loss is from fat — you’re also stripping away muscle and bone density. Since working out stimulates growth of those metabolic tissues, losing weight through exercise means you’re burning mostly fat. The number on the scale may not sound as impressive, but because muscle takes up less space than fat does, you look smaller and your clothes fit better. Data show that to lose weight with exercise and keep it off, you don’t need to run marathons.
But is dieting itself a good way to lose weight? The science behind weight loss is fairly simple when you get down to it. To gain weight, you take in more calories than you use up; so to lose weight, you must have a calorie deficit, by taking in less calories than you use up.
Do you have trouble losing weight? Or would you like to lose faster? Get ready for weight loss without hunger. Our conventional ideas about weight loss — eat less, move more — require a lot of willpower. Counting calories, exercising for hours every day and trying to ignore your hunger? Eventually people often give up. An excessive focus on counting calories has certainly not done much to reverse our current obesity epidemic. The bottom line? Calories are not the only things that count in weight loss. Your weight is also hormonally regulated. Are you ready? Here we go.
The vast majority of people, and women in particular, are always trying, or at the very least wishing, to lose some weight, no matter how much, for health or aesthetic reasons. If it were as easy as it appears on paper — that is, take in less energy than you’re burning — the multibillion-dollar diet industry wouldn’t exist. Whether it’s a reality-TV star peddling a bikini blitz workout DVD, an influencer plugging laxative teas, or a tabloid claiming to have come up with a diet plan that will see you losing 10 pounds in a week, supposed quick fixes are everywhere, because we all love the idea of putting in minimal effort and getting results fast. But the truth is, none of these things work. There is no shortcut, and anything that results in rapid weight loss won’t be healthy or sustainable. You didn’t gain 10 pounds in a week, so how could you possibly lose it that quickly? January to June