What is more important when you’re trying to lose weight— working out or cutting calories?

To help keep our patients and visitors healthy for life, we’ve created a service where we answer the most popular questions people have about health and nutrition.

What is more important when you’re trying to lose weight—working out or cutting calories?

This is a very common question that people ask when they visit our nutrition counseling center. While exercise is fundamental to being healthy for life, working out alone will not lead to weight loss—though cutting calories can. However, we do stress that the most ideal scenario is to incorporate both into your lifestyle.

Dieting alone affects greater changes in your body’s caloric balance than just exercise, as caloric balance is ultimately what leads to weight loss. However, we strongly encourage our clients to exercise for a variety of reasons besides just improving health and fitness levels.

For starters, working out helps keep your eating under control. Most people who work out regularly limit their consumption because they don’t want to sabotage all the hard work they’re putting in at the gym or in exercise classes. No one wants to waste all the good they’re doing by eating unhealthy foods. Another obvious reason why we promote exercise as a part of weight loss management is obvious—it revs your metabolism and burns calories. However, working out does not burn as many as most people believe.

Often times, individuals trying to lose weight begin an exercise program under the assumption that working out will melt away the pound. The truth is, our bodies are highly efficient—when you exert yourself and limited your caloric intake, your body will react accordingly, an actually metabolize less fat.

While it’s true that workouts burn calories, what’s even more important to keep in mind is that it sensitizes our bodies to insulin, the hormone that helps regulate the sugar levels in our bodies. Working out helps to keep insulin levels low, which is essential to weight loss as it is somewhat responsible for the accumulation of fat in our bodies. So workouts are important to losing weight both directly and indirectly.

When you work with a nutrition counseling center like ours, we help you to tailor our weight loss management recommendations for your lifestyle, and use our up-to-date scientific and medical knowledge to find the best type of plans for you, so that you can maintain the results over the long-term and truly become healthy for life.

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3 comments

  1. Quora says:

    What’s the fastest and most healthy way to lose body fat?…

    Diet is really important. But so is exercise. It depends on the specific weight you want to lose, but you should keep track of the things you eat and drink. Anything you drink that used to have calories in it should be replaced with water. Milk is ok o…

  2. Quora says:

    What is the scientific consensus on the effectiveness of protein supplements on weight training?…

    Yes there is scientific evidence for this. Its under the definition for protein. It will definitely help increase your muscle repairing and will eventually cap out. Protein shakes that most weight lifters drink is specially design to release quickly to…

  3. Quora says:

    Is it possible to build muscle whilst in a caloric deficit?…

    It is still possible but you need to have a healthy well rounded diet. Yes you can be in a caloric deficit but you are going to need to make up for that with an increased protein intake as well as healthy foods to sustain you in your deficit. Nuts woul…

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Michelle Y.
2017-07-17 15:11:38
Great staff. Knowledge and pleasant. Getting healthy after some crazy long days working over the past few years! Time to get fit!
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Great program with very supportive personnel. Great work out class on Sunday.