Losing weight can be a difficult process and many women wish that there was a more simple process.

But the only way to lose weight is through a combination of diet and exercise – it is the only successful way to lose weight. The question is, what is more important diet or exercise?

To lead a healthy lifestyle, you must eat healthily and adopt an exercise regime. Weight loss is boosted when you combine a healthy diet with an exercise regime and simple and effective goals – but what is probably most important is the food that you eat.

Food is most responsible for your weight loss or gain, because food is what contributes the most as to how many calories you take in.

For example, eating 100g of chocolate means that you take in 520 calories. If you walk for 1 hour on that same day, you burn off around 300 of those calories, which still leaves you with a calorie intake of 200.

However, if you didn’t eat the chocolate in the first place, you’d have a calorie deficit of 300, which would lead to weight loss if you followed a healthy living plan for the rest of the week.

A healthy diet has a bigger impact on your weight loss than exercising does.

However, regular exercise will help to prevent weight gain and will help to maintain regular weight loss. Exercising can also boost your metabolism, which is another way to boost weight loss.

Your metabolism can be increased by increasing the amount of lean body mass you have – and you can easily increase the amount of lean body mass you have by doing muscle strengthening and building exercises, such as squats, lunges and weight training. Increasing your lean body mass will also boost your BMR – take a look on our website to calculate your BMR.

Weight loss is very simple – it depends on how much you put in, and how much you put out through burning the calories off. If you put too much in without burning enough of it off, you’ll gain weight. If you put less in and burn more of it off, you’ll lose weight.

Published 15th January 2013

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This article was written by Rhian Allen, Founder of Lose Baby Weight. For more motivation, advice, recipes and exercise plans visit http://www.losebabyweight.com.au and for daily motivation join the Lose Baby Weight Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/losebabyweight.com.au

  • You need to both, they go hand in hand if you want optimal health and weight loss. And it’s like they say, you need to balance what goes in with what goes out. Which is easier said then done


  • it is simple because if you want to lose weight then you have to burnoff more energy than you take in. this does get harder to do as you get older and that’s why we gain weight.


  • Great article. Good information and you are what you eat.


  • yep food is just fuel for the machine!


  • Sounds simple enough when you put it like that.


  • Good tips thank you for the info definitely trying


  • sometime it would be great tot have a fairy that follows you round to tell you what works and what does not


  • Good article. Yes, it’s always been accepted that exercise was key, thus diet wasn’t as important. I’m glad we’re becoming more aware in society that our diet needs to be the focus.


  • Great article – thank you for sharing


  • Great read. Thankyou, now bring on the good weather so u can do both


  • I have 14kg that Id like to lose but I seem stuck and its just not moving…im becoming very frustrated.


  • True. Input less output equals results, either positive or negative.

    I currently have been cutting back my portion sizes and watching what I eat. and have gradually lost 22 kilos.


  • Great read gave me a few things to think about thank you


  • Neither diet nor exercise is important. Diet is about restricting food intake; your body will fight that to its end. With exercise it is written; body training is of little profit. That’s the truth, take little time off; you will lose muscle mass much fast than gain it. Why? Your second brain, the stomach organs, only has one task; survival. It’s the first brain, in the head, that decides how well it survives. Enough being philosophical, now practical. Captain Common Sense says diet is this: “Eat More, Not Less!” Eat more varied food stuff that is closest to its original form FIRST! Then eat the rest after. Or another way to look, eat anything that breaks down to sugar, including bread and grain based foods LAST. Exercise, only to tone, strengthen and lengthen. Your body weight exercise is more than enough and the best part is, the better you get, the lighter the weight is. Try that at a gym.


  • I except your point of view and thank you for the article. BUT do feel that both are equally important.

    • I totally agree – I don;t think you can do one without the other.


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