Diet Versus Exercise: Which Is More Effective For Losing Weight?

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Dieting for Weight Loss

The most important thing to do if you want to lose weight is to change your diet. The average person pays no attention to their diet at all and regularly feasts on processed foods, abominable unnatural fats (like trans fats) and takes in far more grams of sugar per day than the body is designed to handle. With the prevalence of such terrible and unhealthy foods everywhere we look and shop, it takes more effort to avoid them than to just give in and consume them without thinking. It’s no wonder that obesity and related conditions such as type 2 diabetes are so common.

Oftentimes, what you don’t eat has just as much effect on your health as what you do eat. Cut out artificial sugars (especially high fructose corn syrup) by doing away with candy, ultra-sugary juices, soft drinks and specialty coffees loaded with sugar. Eliminate vegetable oils like canola and soybean oil, as these are filled with awful fats.

Instead, eat plenty of lean proteins, green vegetables, fresh fruits and low-glycemic carbs, such as sweet potatoes and legumes. Healthy fats such as those found in olive oil, coconut oil and fish are also great for you. Eating healthy is a lifelong practice and you can spend all day reading articles about how to do it, but if you just follow the steps in these last two paragraphs, you’ll be doing better than the majority of the population.

 

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Even if you can’t exercise regularly, follow these dietary guidelines and don’t be surprised if you end up going down a belt size or two.

Reference:

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

www.cdc.gov

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