Compare And Contrast Exercise Vs Diet

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Exercise & Diet Vs. Diet 3,500, that is the number of calories you would need to burn, compared to the amount you intake, in order to lose one pound of fat. So which is more beneficial, losing weight through diet and exercise or dieting alone? Ensuring a calorie deficit of 3,500 is quite difficult without exercise and while I personally believe both are required for weight loss, I feel as though exercise is still very vital. There are many health benefits for ensuring continuous exercise, but without exercise what could a simple diet possibly do for you? However, one could argue that it would take way too much exercise to burn a burrito off than it would if you were simply watching your weight through the caloric intake. “As a rule of thumb, …show more content…
So to those who think that dieting alone helps to lose weight more than adding exercise into their routine, I believe they are wrong, especially when I have personally experienced this. There are many health benefits for ensuring continuous exercise, but without exercise what could a simple diet possibly do for you? Eliminating the thought of forcing yourself on a diet, one could choose to exercise to lose weight. Whether you choose to diet and exercise or exercise alone, exercising is very beneficial to your health. Exercising helps to reduce vital bodily risks such as; stroke, diabetes, high blood sugar, depression, stress, heart attacks, and many other risks. It also includes benefiting your mood, appearance, longevity, mental sharpness, sense of well-being, and even reduces the possibility of bone fractures (Pritikin). So without all of these extra benefits that a healthy exercise regime would give you, how does simply dieting benefit someone? In one article, New Study Says Exercising Is Better Than Dieting for Cutting Calories, they did a study with 22 women and 10 men, monitoring their psychological, hormonal, and behavioral responses to eating. They found that those who …show more content…
This can lead many to argue that diet is more important and exercise is just a side note. Aaron Carroll and his article on The Upshot argues that dieting alone is more important than adding in any form of exercise. Many people cannot keep up a healthy exercise regime, especially one as strenuous as what it would take to burn off enough to lose a healthy amount of weight. The same amount of weight loss can be achieved through healthy eating by eliminating all the unhealthy drinks and foods they were consuming such as; cutting back on sodas. Aaron Carroll argues that even though there was an increase of exercise in American people in 01-09, the obesity rate did not decrease. Therefore, one did not help the other. He argues that “exercise increases one’s appetite. After all, when you burn off calories being active, your body will often signal you to replace them.” It is argued that both help loses weight, but after so long, exercising does no more good for weight loss than dieting alone. One could argue that watching what you eat is far more important than worrying about going to the gym, especially when most Americans already have a hectic lifestyle that keeps them physically active throughout the day. Many people these days do not have the time to exercise that is why it is essential to watch what you are eating more than worrying about going to the gym. Also, losing

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