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    Exercising vs. Dieting

    مُساهمة  HatemFarouk في الإثنين نوفمبر 09, 2009 11:21 am

    Exercising vs. Dieting
    By Shannon Clark

    In their quest for weight loss, men toss back and forth one common
    question: What’s more important -- exercising or dieting? Common sense
    tells you that both play important roles in helping you shed the
    pounds, but what does science say? Does one really trump the other when
    it comes to progress?

    There are a few important things you need to consider when deciding
    between exercising vs. dieting. While this article isn’t supposed to
    make you think that one is more essential than the other, its aim is to
    help you determine what the correct balance between exercising vs.
    dieting is for your own individual goals and lifestyle.

    So, to help you understand, let's discuss exercising vs. dieting.
    the law of weight loss
    The law of weight loss must be addressed. This law states that in order
    to lose body mass, one must have a net calorie deficit at the end of
    the day. If you end up with a net surplus at the end of the day, you
    will gain weight.

    Weight loss does really boil down to one simple equation, but how you get there is a little more complicated.
    the role of dieting
    We’ve determined that you must be in a net deficit, which can be
    defined as all the calories taken into your body (through food or
    beverage) minus all the calories you have burned throughout the day
    through not only scheduled exercise, but also through bodily processes
    that are required to keep you alive (also known as the basal metabolic
    rate). Diet, as you can see, is a major component of this equation.
    The benefits of relying on diet to do the work
    Many personal trainers or weight loss experts say that, ideally, you
    want your diet to be the thing that is causing the weight loss in and
    of itself, without relying on exercise to do any of the work.

    They may not shun exercise, but they believe exercise should be added
    to the equation for health, strength and aesthetic benefits rather than
    as a means of “burning calories,” thus tilting that important equation
    toward the net deficit side.
    The benefit of such an approach is that first, it forces you to diet.
    By strictly placing focus on the diet-end of things, there is a
    slightly better chance that you will also up your nutritional intake as
    well since, chances are, the foods you will be eating to lose weight
    will be lower in calories (fruits and vegetables, for example), which
    are coincidentally more nutrient-dense than typical high-calorie snack
    foods.

    The second benefit of this approach is that it reduces the likelihood
    of exercise obsession or overtraining. Some dieters, when really trying
    to speed up fat loss, will start spending hour upon hour in the gym,
    mostly on cardio equipment with weight-lifting sessions supplemented in.

    While workouts keep you feeling good, this is definitely a case where you can get too much of a good thing.

    By doing marathon-long workouts, you risk overtraining yourself,
    especially if you are eating hypo-calorically. Furthermore, you might
    find yourself needing exercise when you feel anxious for missing a
    session.

    Men are not immune to this type of thing, although many think it only
    affects women. Don’t kid yourself, though; there are more men than you
    think who are on the verge of developing this type of exercise disorder.

    The drawbacks of relying on diet to do the work
    Next, we come to the drawbacks of relying on only your diet to do the
    work for you. The biggest problem here is when an exercise program is
    completely aborted because all the focus is on the diet.

    Without exercise, there is a much greater chance you will lose muscle
    mass while dieting than if you were to include it. Since muscle is one
    of the most calorically expensive tissues in the body, this is
    something you really do want to avoid at all costs.

    Additionally, you obviously want the weight loss to look good, and this
    is possible if you are at the very least performing a moderate
    strength-training routine.

    The second drawback of strictly using your diet is that of hunger
    control and total caloric intake. For some individuals, you may need to
    bring calories down to very low levels without physical activity to get
    weight loss moving. This could put you at risk for nutrient
    deficiencies simply because you can’t take in enough nutrition and
    still be under that daily total.

    Furthermore, exercise tends to have appetite-suppressing effects, so this can make the process of dieting more comfortable.
    the role of exercise
    Next, let’s look at the role exercise will play in the weight-loss equation.
    The benefits of relying on exercise to do the work
    Exercise can be a very effective tool when it comes to weight loss,
    especially when you combine a good weight-lifting program with intense
    sprinting activity. Both of these fitness techniques tend to
    dramatically raise your metabolism for up to hours at a time, helping
    to stroke that metabolic furnace of yours.

    A big benefit you’ll get from using exercise as the main way of losing
    weight is that it will get you into very good habits as far as fitness
    is concerned. Studies have shown that those who use a fitness program
    and remain active after losing weight have been far more likely to keep
    the weight off in the long-term than those who did not.
    Furthermore, by staying active you help build strength, stamina and
    flexibility, all of which help to increase your quality of life and
    keep you mobile into older age.

    The second benefit of using exercise as a means of weight loss is that
    it will allow you a little more freedom on the diet side of the
    equation. If you really do enjoy your food and are active enough, you
    should be able to keep more of the foods you love in your plan since
    you’re burning more total calories per day.
    The drawbacks of relying on exercise to do the work
    Finally, the drawback of using exercise alone to do the work is that
    many individuals will start to “reward” themselves with their diet
    because of the workouts they’ve done. They put in a really terrific
    cardio session and figure they’ve earned a small treat -- after all,
    they worked so hard, they should still see weight loss, right?

    Unfortunately, it is exceptionally easy to consume all the calories
    you’ve just burned off in a matter of minutes. If you are not
    particularly careful with this, you might find yourself stalling with
    weight loss or potentially even gaining weight.

    Secondly, when a great deal of exercise is performed, it does tend to
    make people hungrier, so this is another concept that can also be taken
    to the extreme.
    exercising vs. dieting - the verdict
    The best solution for weight loss would be, as most often recommended,
    combining a good diet with a proper exercise plan. If you choose to
    rely solely on one, you’ve basically left out half of the equation.
    While it definitely is possible to have success with just one
    component, the chances are lower.

    Furthermore, while reaching your goal weight is important, you can’t
    neglect your general health. This is best accomplished with both
    exercise and diet, so incorporate both aspects into the plan.

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