There’s no denying that exercise has many benefits. It can boost your happiness levels, help you sleep better, provide an energy boost, increase strength and flexibility and according to Mayo Clinic, it can even combat health conditions and diseases. In our opinion it should certainly be a part of your healthy lifestyle.
But what about weight loss? We commonly see exercise pushed as the solution to dropping pounds. This is especially the case on television shows such as The Biggest Loser. As the New York Times has noted, “exercise has many benefits, but there are problems with relying on it to control weight.” In fact, data shows that as the percentage of people who are sufficiently physically active has increased, so has the percentage of Americans that are obese. In a nutshell, the former doesn’t prevent the latter.
If weight loss is your goal, calories, portions and nutrition count most.
Developing good habits where these items are concerned will help maintain your ideal weight more than anything else. Introducing the right vitamins into your diet and finding a meal plan with the exact amount of nutritional values that you need, can help you rest assured that you’re on track to meet your healthy living resolutions. For example, our original body fuel features 40% carbohydrates with 30% protein and 30% fat, designed to leave you feeling energized and satisfied. Shopping for and preparing balanced and healthy meals daily is both time consuming, and for many of us not realistic. Eating out is also tough if you’re trying to stay on a strict diet. A meal replacement shake is one way you can ensure you’re ready with a meal that’s affordable, fast, healthy and tastes good.
It’s not about calories in vs. calories out.
As Time magazine noted this year, “Leading researchers finally agree, for instance, that exercise, while critical to good health, is not an especially reliable way to keep off body fat over the long term.” Separately, “the overly simplistic arithmetic of calories in vs. calories out has given way to the more nuanced understanding that it’s the composition of a person’s diet—rather than how much of it they can burn off working out—that sustains weight loss.”
So, what’s our take away from all this?
By all means, get out there and get moving. There is countless research that shows how physical activity improves all kinds of health outcomes. Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. When the focus comes to weight loss though, remember that diet plays an enormous role in getting to your happy number. That means creating a nutrition plan that fits your unique needs.
What do you think? We’d love to hear what has worked well (or hasn’t) for you in the comments!
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