Have you ever found yourself on the thoughts of “ exercising so that you could eat anything” or “ eating healthy so that you may not exercise?” this train of ideas can lead to unexpected weight gain and other unhealthy habits. For instance, one can think that it only takes mutes to consume many calories, which can be burnt off within an hour, or it only takes 20 minutes of walking to burn off calories from a sugary snack. However, a debate arises on which one is better between diet and exercise. For many years, exercising and physical exertion have always been championed to be the most effective vehicle to drive for a notable weight loss. Even though the exercise regime is essential with the ability to boost productivity and to ease of stress, mots credit to weight loss is driven by someone’s diet. Hence diet is better than exercise due to different factors.
Diet is better than exercise because one has more control over the number of calories that they take in daily as compared to the number of calories that one’s body can burn within a day because the only source of calories consumes through foods and drinks. Hence, it is straightforward for a person to focus on the reduction of the calories they consume in a day as compared to focusing more on burning calories each day. For instance, 60 percent of the caloric intake by Americans is from ultra-processed foods that have high levels of sugar (Romero-Gómez et al., 430). Through the elimination of such foods, it becomes easier for one to create a calorie deficit, which leads to weight loss.
For a fact, there is a very strong connection between the limitation of sugar consumption and weight loss, as revealed by studies done in the British Medical Journal. It concluded that in the taking of free sugars or sugar-flavored beverages play a crucial role in determining someone’s body weight (Romero-Gómez et al., 436). Of course, exercise plays a vital role in physical and mental health, which include lowering the risks of one suffering from type 2 diabetes, stroke, or even heart diseases and dementia. However, if one desires to see the needle on the scale shift, then they have to focus more on the quality of the nutrition to lose significant weight.
Additionally, dieting is better than nutrition because increasing physical activities does not counter the rise of obesity levels. For instance, between 2001 and 2009, the number of people that joined physical exercise risen significantly in the United States (Chang et al., 84). However, it did not help in reducing the risk of obesity suffered by US adults. This is a confirmation that exercising is not enough for preventing weight gain and on the setting of chronic dietary conditions. Although such a claim is challenging to circumvent, it could only be solved through diet but not exercise.
If one reviewed the nutritional value of all the meals and snacks that they take in every time, then they would be fit. This would assist in the regulation of the number of saturated fats and sugars that one takes in every day. The result would be improved health and optimization of the impact of exercise that one undertakes. Further, food acts as the driving fuel source for exercise. Also, if one needs to have a short term weight loss, then it can only be driven by diet and not exercise. Hence, dieting remains to be better than exercising.
Romero-Gómez, Manuel, Shira Zelber-Sagi, and Michael Trenell. “Treatment of NAFLD with diet, physical activity, and exercise.” Journal of Hepatology 67.4 (2017): 829-846.
Chang, Chen-Kang, Katarina Borer, and Po-Ju Lin. “Low-carbohydrate-high-fat diet: can it help exercise performance?.” Journal of human kinetics 56.1 (2017): 81-92.