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dieting vs workout

It has been a never-ending debate on this topic. People these days find the least time to focus on their health, thanks to the speedy life we all are living these days and the fast food that we eat even faster. 

There's a reason why very few people are health conscious and the remaining people have escape plans & excuses for not working out. Almost everyone who doesn't work out regularly has this peculiar mentality that dieting is easier than working out, dieting burns the same amount of calories that working out would burn.

But that's absolutely false. It doesn't work that way. That's what experts believe as they've found the same in the studies they've done.

Most people consider gyms(or working out altogether) as an unwanted expense. This post is to clear some air around this topic and give you some clarity on the best thing you can do to keep up in good shape. 

With that said, let's begin.

One of the most basic things we all should understand is that diet can actually help you burn calories and you don't have to sweat to burn calories. So does this make working out useless? Technically speaking, dieting will burn only a portion of your fats without keeping your body healthy. 

As you age, your body and the internal organs start losing their strength of performing what they do the best. This makes organs vulnerable to diseases. The sole purpose of working out is to not only burn fats, but also keep the organs healthy enough to withstand any attacks in the near future.

The immune system in the human body is strong enough to tackle, pretty much anything but unless and until the organs aren't strong enough, the immune system is helpless. 

Here's what experts have to say about this. 

Dieting vs Exercise: What's better & fruitful? 

Michele Olson, Ph.D., Professor of Physical Education and exercise science at Auburn University at Montgomery, Alabama

“Yes, you can lose weight with diet alone, but exercise is an important component. 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 the 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. You just need to build up to five to seven workouts a week, 50 minutes each, at a moderate intensity, like brisk walking or Zumba. Resistance training helps, too. But don’t just do isolated weight-lifting exercises like biceps curls — you’ll get leaner faster by using your body weight against gravity, as with movements like squats, lunges, push-ups, and planks. And, of course, beyond burning fat, people shouldn’t forget that exercise can have other impressive health perks, like improving the quality of your sleep, lowering your cholesterol and reducing your stress level.”

Another thing people back themselves with is smart eating, i.e. knowing what they eat. The number of calories, proteins & other required nutrients needed for their body. So here's another expert quote on the same.

Shawn M. Talbott, Ph.D., Nutritional Biochemist and former director of the University of Utah Nutrition Clinic

“As a rule of thumb, weight loss is generally 75 percent diet and 25 percent exercise. An analysis of more than 700 weight loss studies found that people see the biggest short-term results when they eat smart. On average, people who dieted without exercising for 15 weeks lost 23 pounds; the exercisers lost only six over about 21 weeks. It’s much easier to cut calories than to burn them off. For example, if you eat a fast-food steak quesadilla, which can pack 500-plus calories, you need to run more than four miles to ‘undo’ it!

“So, what should you eat? It’s true that low-carb diets tend to be the most popular because they offer the fastest results, but they can be difficult to sustain. I recommend striving for a more balanced plan that focuses on fruits and veggies, lean proteins and whole-grain carbs. And never cut calories too low (this causes your metabolism to slow, and you can start losing muscle mass). For a healthy daily calorie count, allow 10 calories per pound of body weight — so a 150-pound woman should shoot for a 1,500-calorie target. That way, you should be able to lose weight no matter how much you exercise.”

Final Thoughts

Technically speaking, both dieting & exercise would result in almost similar way. Psychologically speaking, dieting is easier for almost anyone to lose weight but it takes a very strong mindset as you have to fight the craving for food. Especially when you're dieting, craving turns into a tsunami. It happens to everyone, so it's natural. 

If you opt for dieting, you'd need to work out mentally and if you lean on the other side, you'd need to work out physically to gain the same results. 

As an added benefit, you'd keep the organs oiled and healthy for a very long time, of course keeping your body in a good shape by burning those unwanted calories.

We highly recommend leaning on the physical workout than mental, you can cheat days to ease your cravings. The best part of working out is you can eat the thing you want, without worrying for the calories you'll gain. You can shed that even if you work out for 30-50 minutes a day. The best thing you can do it work out & keep the diet plan for best results.

That's how simple it is.