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Not Matter How You Approach it a Calorie is a Calorie

There is a constant discussion going on in the medical and fitness community over what is better (in terms of shedding pounds): Diet or exercise?

Turns out, that a calorie is just a calorie, and researchers have found that dieting is just as effective for losing weight as exercise. They also found there is no way to selectively lose fat in certain spots (spot reducing) and that adding muscle mass does not somehow boost metabolism and help dieters take off even more weight.

Here's a novel idea: If diet and exercise are equally effective in losing weight, imagine how effective they can be when done in conjunction with each other. I'm just saying...

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almostloli almostloli 9 years
let's combine both! :D everyday i eat lots and lots of fruits as much as i want, but i go easy on other food
darkoblivion darkoblivion 10 years
Wow...more muscle means you burn more calories at rest, that is a fact. Anyhow, if you educate yourself on proper diet and nutrients and eat that way, you will not only lose weight, you will be healthy. That is a fact also.
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
i agree! all i did was cut out all the crap i was consuming, do some exercise and try to eat healthy but regularly. and it works! :D
Pinkgirl88 Pinkgirl88 10 years
I'm sorry but whoever says that building muscle isn't effective in weight loss is just plain wrong. If you add a pound of muscle you lose 60 more calories without getting out of bed. I think to be perfectly honest though- Diet is about 65 percent of the battle exercise is about 45. I prefer exercising to dieting. The problem is that people see dieting as restricting nutrients that you need. its not you should give your body everything it needs- but it doesn't need junk. There are plenty of processed foods that can be cut out of ones diet. TINA!
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
Oh boy! All of a sudden we're told something different? That won't change my routine either. BTW, your body burns calories just to keep your body temperature to 98.6 degrees. ;) You also burn more calories by incorporating intervals in your workouts.
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
HMM. i agree vanyvgs, after all researchers have been saying for yrs tt exercise builds up matabolism and burns fat etc, so how can one research just nullify yrs of study+research? i'm gonna continue with my healthy living and exercising regularly. its working fine for me! :D
vanyvrgs vanyvrgs 10 years
hi, but Butrfly this guy actually says that building muscle does not help burn fat at all. That is the first time I hear that... I also just read another research that said that if doing just one of them cutting calories is better for losing weight than just exersizing. I am very confused so unless this is confirmed by someone else, I will continue to think that building muscle boots your metabolism.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
I try to give all my food a number and stay around a certain number a day - but since I can't seem to find time to exercise, I try harder to limit my calories..which has been working, but not as well as working out! Working out also creates muscle, which helps burn fat, and gives you more energy, which taking nutrients away surely does not.
J_Stone J_Stone 10 years
I chose both diet and excercise but I tend to focus more efforts on my exercise. I'm not a calorie counter or a carb watcher, I simply try and eat whats seems right at the time. Except when I'm at the airport (like this weekend) I ate McDonalds twice!!!!
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