It’s the age old question many people ask when trying to lose weight.
Is diet or exercise more important to weight loss? The simple answer:
you can’t outrun a bad diet. The choice to do just one or the other
shouldn’t exist; you need both to optimize results. However, while
both nutrition and exercise are important, nutrition has a much greater
impact for weight loss than exercise alone. You can’t scarf down
a tray of cupcakes and think you can run it off – that’s not
how our bodies operate. We know that exercise is beneficial and effective,
but it can be pretty easy to sabotage your efforts with poor nutrition
habits. It’s much easier to cut calories than to burn them off.
We’re going to nerd out a bit on just how diet and exercise relate
to your weight loss journey. A weight loss study in the International
Journal of Obesity showed that dieting and exercise together was 3.8 times
more effective than exercise alone in terms of pounds lost. Exercising
alone yielded only 6.4 lbs. lost, dieting yielded 23.6 lbs. lost, and
the combination of the two outperformed both with 24.3 lbs. lost.
This study proves to us that we can’t outrun a bad diet. Combining
cardio and strength training along with a healthy, well-balanced diet
will help you reach and maintain your weight-loss goals. This is a well-known
recipe, but is usually missing the proper support.
Get Nutrition Support
Going at it alone can be difficult and may feel like an uphill battle.
Although support can come in many ways, a unique skill set is required
to help you see the path ahead, the potential barriers to achieving your
goal and the skills needed to overcome those barriers. A health coach
possesses the support you need in balancing good nutrition and a physically
While professional athletes have coaches and trainers to help them achieve
their fitness and performance goals, health coaches can help us to properly
fuel our bodies and achieve our weight loss goals by instilling healthy
eating habits and removing old ones. The best part about it is you don’t
have to be a professional athlete to start changing your lifestyle with
the guidance from a coach. You can after all teach a dog new tricks! A
health coach can create a personalized approach offering accountability,
motivation and guidance in achieving a healthy diet alongside –
not in place of – your exercise program.
Maintaining Your Success
Once you’ve reached your goals, maintaining your results is as equally,
if not more important, than achieving them. Your health coach can educate
and prepare you for the lifestyle changes that best fit you by creating
realistic goals and strategies that are measurable and achievable. By
practicing good habits to achieve your results, you are more likely to
continue making positive choices and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
How Profile Can Help You
Profile is a comprehensive approach to weight management centered around
nutrition, activity, and lifestyle. Created by one of the largest health
systems in the country, our members reach their weight loss goals through
personalized meal plans, 1-on-1 coaching, and meal replacement products.
A Profile Coach can help take the guess work out of the foods you should
eat and ones you should avoid and create a customized meal plan just for
you while combining with a physical activity regimen that will lead you
down the path to a happy, healthy and active life!
Become a member today!