Which is More Important? Diet or Exercise? - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Published on August 01, 2016

Which is More Important? Diet or Exercise?

Which is more important? Diet or exercise?

Like exercise, eating a healthy diet can
help you lose weight or maintain weight.

Whether your goal is to lose weight, build muscle or simply live a healthier life, you’ve likely pondered this age old question: diet or exercise?

On one side of the debate is exercise. In the short term, exercise can help boost your energy level, improve your mood, and control your weight. Whether you’re trying to lose weight or maintain weight loss, you’re burning calories when you’re exercising, which is a key ingredient for a healthy weight.

Physical activity has also been credited with helping you get more and better quality sleep, which provides you with a litany of health benefits.

Exercise has long-term benefits too – it can help prevent serious health conditions and diseases. Physical activity boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL) or “good” cholesterol to help stave off heart disease. It can also help you prevent high blood pressure. Additionally, exercise can help you prevent or manage health issues such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome, depression, arthritis, and certain types of cancer.

And then there’s diet. We’re not talking about crazy fad diets, but simply eating a healthy well-balanced diet. Eating a healthy diet ensures your body gets the right balance of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients it needs.

Filling your diet with fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and low-fat dairy while cutting back on processed foods high in fat, sodium and sugar helps you feel your best and have plenty of energy – it can even help you handle stress better.

Like exercise, eating a healthy diet can help you lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.

Healthy eating is also one of the best things you can do to prevent and control many health issues, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and some forms of cancer.

So which is more important when it comes to being a healthy individual? Both…you need both.

Wrapping up workouts with a cheeseburger and fries isn’t good for you – you simply can’t out-train a bad diet. And only eating healthy isn’t ideal if you’re sitting sedentary day in and day out.

Exercise and a healthy diet work together harmoniously to help you control your weight, manage existing health conditions, and fuel and strengthen your body while helping you prevent chronic health conditions.

Many people can lose excess weight with diet alone, but studies have shown that combining diet and exercise makes you more successful (and healthier) in the long run.

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