The Importance of Diet and Exercise for Weight Loss

If you are trying to lose excess weight, the combination of healthy diet and exercise is the key to success. When you exercise regularly, you may experience an increased appetite. Knowing how to fuel your body with healthy options can help keep you satisfied and promote weight loss.

Diet helps bridge the gap as your body stabilizes itself in response to regular exercise. Over time, workouts may become less effective. Changing your routine and increasing your weight or intensity is important if you notice your progress begins to plateau.

Diet and exercise go hand-in-hand for healthy living

Putting exercise and diet together will improve your health from the inside out. Physical activity reduces your risk of heart disease, cancer, obesity and diabetes. Good nutrition improves your heart health, brain health and energy levels, and helps control your weight. Both can also improve your immune system, boost your mood and help you sleep better.

In truth, neither diet nor exercise alone will help you achieve your weight loss goals. If you want to become your healthiest you, maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise routine must be done concurrently.

Diet plus exercise is more effective for weight loss than either method alone

In addition to promoting weight loss and preventing weight gain over time, regular exercise helps improve strength, overall physical fitness and balance. Typically, those who lose the most weight and body fat keep a food journal to track what and how much they are eating, and prepare meals at home rather than eating out. Preparing your own meals gives you more control over the amount of oils, fats and carbohydrates you consume while also giving you the flexibility to add a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables.

Everyone has unique needs throughout their weight loss journey. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution to nutrition or exercise. At The Hernried Center for Medical Weight Loss, we look at obesity — and being overweight — as a complex, chronic problem that requires individualized medical care. Our registered dietitians and exercise physiologists on staff are specially trained to help you through every step of your weight loss journey. We offer a highly effective, time-tested approach that can be personalized for your situation and needs. Contact us today for a free phone consultation.