I don’t know about your friends but when it comes to discussing dieting and losing weight, my friends (whose careers range from accounting to law) all of a sudden become in touch with their inner Meredith Grey’s, preaching medical advice like they too worked at Seattle Grace. “You don’t have to exercise if you don’t eat any carbs.” “Eat whatever you want, just make sure you work out every day.”
So let’s set the record straight. Which is the key to weight loss, diet or exercise?
I know you won’t be shocked to hear that eating a low-fat, low-calorie diet and getting regular exercise will help keep your weight down. But according to a new study led by researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, when it comes to shedding pounds and body fat, diet and exercise are most effective when done together as compared to either strategy alone. The study proves that combining a healthy weight-loss diet with regular, moderate-intensity aerobic exercise is in fact the most effective way to lose weight.
Additionally, the study found that the women who lost the most weight tracked what they ate and drank in a food journal. Other effective strategies included preparing meals at home and eating out at restaurants less.
Not groundbreaking findings by any means but at least my friends now have it in writing and don’t have to quit their day jobs.
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