Whether you want to trim off extra pounds so you’ll feel better, look better, or be better prepared to tackle whatever demands come your way, you want to find the quickest (and easiest) way to do it.
But what should you be focussing on to get the results you want? Diet. Or exercise?
Lets take a look at both.
First of all, what does dieting mean exactly?
It means taking very careful note of every bite you put in your mouth. But you can’t stop there. Because just paying attention to what you eat isn’t going to make you lose an ounce of weight. You’ve got to take note of it and then reduce the number of calories you consume.
To be honest, we aren’t the biggest fan of calorie counting! You can reduce your calories simply but cutting on portions and making sure your calories are good calories. In other words, you can’t eat just Dairy Milk and Big Macs every day. You’ll want to go with fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein sources, and lots and lots of water.
The best technique for weight loss is to burn more calories than you take in, and exercise is your golden ticket for shredding calories. It’s the best way to ensure the weight you drop is fat and not muscle.
When you exercise, your muscles tone up and grow stronger. With more muscle, your body’s ability to torch calories increases, making it easier to burn calories even when you’re doing nothing at all. Diet can’t do that!
More than likely, you read this hoping that exercise alone would help you lose weight because you hate the idea of watching what you eat. Or maybe you’re just the opposite, and you prefer to watch your diet but absolutely loathe exercise.
Well, there’s bad news for you either way.
This battle that has been waging on for decades (okay, make that centuries) is ultimately a draw. Just one of these ingredients alone is not enough to help you lose weight, keep it off, and have an overall healthy lifestyle.
The most effective way to lose weight is to do both! Take note of what you eat, reduce your portion sizes, stick to ‘good’ calories. And get that body moving! Doesn’t have to be hours of exercise a day, just 20 minutes a day, 5 days a week is plenty.
You know, once you really commit to losing weight, you will naturally be more careful about what you eat because you don’t want to put all that exercise to waste. At the same time, you’ll push yourself harder in your workouts because you realise you could burn even more calories and get closer to your bridal body goal.