If you ever watched The Biggest Loser, you might have the impression that constant workouts are the key to losing weight and keeping it off; and you’d be wrong, according to Bob Harper, show co-host and celebrity trainer.
Harper said that since he started in the business, his ideas have changed quite a bit and he is now fully convinced that maintaining a healthy diet is more important than exercise in maintaining weight loss over the long haul. Exercise is critical, of course, but secondary to diet. “I used to think a long time ago that you can beat everything you eat out of you and it’s just absolutely not the case,” said Harper.
This news may not be what hard core exercisers want to hear but it would appear that it is the combination that works, not one versus the other. Logically, if you burn more calories than you consume, you will lose weight. But if you try and exercise away a bad diet, you will not lose weight. That’s why eating a 1200 calorie dessert at Chili’s and then adding an extra 30 minutes to your workout won’t help. Running for 30 minutes at a good clip only burns about 300 calories, so you still have an extra 900 calories to deal with.
Sometimes, the truth is pretty simple, even if we don’t want to hear it.
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