Our expert says:
Don't be demotivated - I'd say that balance is not quite as extreme as that. It is true that EARLY ON, diet makes more of an impact than exercise. That is, the quickest way to lose weight is to cut down on energy in.
But there is now a lot of research that shows that people who just diet, and don't exercise, have a much lower chance of keeping that weight off in the longer term. I seem to recall a study that showed that 8 out of 10 people who dieted regained the weight (plus interest) within a year of starting, whereas 60% of exercisers kept it off.
So there is a benefit that people often don't think about.
And then added to this, if you exercise and diet, then you add the benefits exponentially. That is, it's about energy balance, and so if you are eating sensibly, and exercising, then you're taking in less and burning more, which means that balance is shifted far more than doing one only. So I honestly think exercise is crucial.
You just need to understand that they work together, and at different times, for different reasons. I would say exercise with the goal of getting fit and healthy, and allow weight to take care of itself!
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