Diet vs. Exercise: Why Weight Loss Starts in the Kitchen

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Whether you’ve just started your weight loss journey or you’re preparing for weight loss surgery, you might think the first step is to join the gym. After all, a crowded gym is the first image that comes to mind when you think of weight loss resolutions.

But don’t spend hours trying to burn off those extra pounds when your time could be better spent in the kitchen, not the gym. For people who are overweight or are considering surgery to lose weight, focusing on a healthy diet is the key to weight loss success.

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Why Diet Matters Most for Weight Loss

Our modern lifestyle leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to both the quality of our diet and our daily activity levels. But if you are overweight or obese and exploring different types of weight loss surgery, you’ll see the best results by focusing on your diet.

It all comes down to calories in versus calories out. With large portion sizes and calorie-dense foods, it’s easy for one meal to undo the caloric burn of an entire workout. And to make matters worse, exercising often increases your appetite, meaning that you might end up eating more calories in the hours after you’ve hit the gym.1

At the end of the day, prioritizing diet over exercise for weight loss is simply more efficient. It would take hours in the gym (not counting your commute time) to match the calorie reduction of even modest dietary changes.2

Why Exercise Is Still Important

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Just because exercise isn’t the fastest way to lose weight, doesn’t mean it’s not good for your health. Be sure to include some daily activity if you want to experience the many benefits of exercise beyond weight loss3:

● Reduce risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes
● Improve mood
● Sleep better
● Strengthen bones and muscles

With both diet and exercise, commit to moderate improvements that you can stick to long term. These lifestyle changes will set you up for success both before and after your bariatric weight loss surgery.

If you have questions about what it takes to see lasting weight loss results and improve your health, contact us to discuss different types of weight loss surgery. Our weight loss programs include support for sticking to a healthy diet and increasing physical activity. Call 1st Choice Weight Loss at (281) 888-7767 to learn about the program that’s right for you.

Disclaimer: This is only for general information. All patients should consult their doctors prior to following any of the recommendations in any articles, post, or video. Every patient has individual needs and limitations that only their treating physicians can be aware of.

Sources

  1. https://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/16/upshot/to-lose-weight-eating-less-is-far-more-important-than-exercising-more.html
  2. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/diet-or-exercise-for-weight-loss_us_56b39481e4b08069c7a660d0
  3. https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/pa-health/index.htm

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