You have set a health goal—to increase your energy levels or to lose weight. Are you trying to figure out between exercise and diet what works for long-term results? What does science say? Read on to find out.
Diet Vs Exercise
Several studies have shown that to lose weight and increase your energy levels, the kind of food you consume may be more important than the amount of exercise you carry out on a daily basis. However, Dr. Jay Kenney who works at the Pritikin Longevity Center as a Nutrition Research Specialist says that it is not a matter of either/or. He reveals that both diet and fitness exercises are important for one to stay slim and maintain good health.
If You Want Lose Weight
If you want to lose weight, most fitness trainers, and medical researchers will advise you to focus more on your diet. Dr. Timothy Church who is the director of the Preventive Medicine Research Laboratory at Louisiana State University says that you need to minimize the number of calories in your diet to lose weight and carry out regular exercises to keep it off. He also adds that most people who carry out regular exercises to lose weight but don’t minimize the number of calories in their diets lose only two to three percent of their total weight over a period of six to twelve months.
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Timothy supports his findings by saying that it is much easier to deny your body 400 calories per day than to burn that much through fitness exercises. For instance, for a 150-pound woman to burn 400 calories, she needs to cycle intensively for at least three hours a day. Compare that with swapping a peanut butter and dark chocolate (around 200 calories) for an everyday coffee (around five calories). You will find diet more effective than exercises.
If You Want to Increase Energy
You also need to focus on the diet if you want to increase your energy levels. It is true that regular workouts can give you instant energy, but eating smart throughout the day will leave you with a steady supply of energy.
Dr. Shawn Talbott, a nutritional biochemist in Salt Lake City, says that proper nutrition and scheduled meals keep the blood sugar balanced. He reveals that this is important since the decrease of blood sugar is the leading cause of energy fluctuations. Proper nutrition and scheduled meals will also keep your brain’s neurotransmitters balanced. These are essential chemical substances in the brain that improve your mood and therefore keep your energy from fluctuating.
Between diet and exercises, we will advise you to keep both, but you put more emphasis on food. If it is obesity that you are fighting, you should not ignore physical activities. Physical exercises should be promoted, but more emphasis needs to be placed on making better food choices. You should choose foods that give you the most satiety per calorie. These include fresh vegetables (learn from here) and fruits; water-rich whole grains like brown rice; legumes like pinto beans; starchy vegetables like yams; nonfat dairy and lean animal foods like white poultry.