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.

About The Author

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

  1. Bela

    August 20, 2014 at 9:44 am,

    MoM Rewards: Bela has a sapphire MoM rewards level Bela said:

    The concept is simple but I find that putting it into practice can be a lot harder. For example, I have a headache today and I will probably opt for something easy to eat and might not end up getting any exercise. Therefore balancing my input and output when I don’t have the energy to make sound food decisions becomes a challenge.

  2. ginoula5

    August 12, 2014 at 1:58 pm,

    MoM Rewards: ginoula5 has a diamond MoM rewards level ginoula5 said:

    Both are very important, if you want to stay healthy and keep on the right track definitely both are important.

  3. neddie

    August 09, 2014 at 10:41 pm,

    MoM Rewards: neddie has a diamond MoM rewards level neddie said:

    They are both nearly equal in some areas however usually it is 80% nutrition 20% movement there is no point exercising your body to exhaustion if you don’t give it good fuel to keep it going.

  4. mom61924

    August 03, 2014 at 11:37 pm,

    MoM Rewards: mom61924 has a diamond MoM rewards level mom61924 said:

    Thank you for the tips, they’re great

  5. July 03, 2014 at 4:45 pm,

    MoM Rewards: mom64109 has a topaz MoM rewards level mom64109 said:

    Thanks =) good tips im starting my new clean eating next week =) and gym when kids go back to school

  6. nida saeed

    June 29, 2014 at 7:16 am,

    MoM Rewards: nida saeed has a diamond MoM rewards level nida saeed said:

    i think both are equally important..we are what we eat and Do..nice read…

  7. May 31, 2014 at 3:30 pm,

    MoM Rewards: christial has a diamond MoM rewards level christial said:

    I think they are equally as important as each other!

  8. missmel

    May 26, 2014 at 3:21 pm,

    MoM Rewards: flissa has a diamond MoM rewards level flissa said:

    I think they’re as important as each other, but I think it’s a bit more of a challenge to get the eating healthy right & just try to incorporate some exercise into each day. Or at least a couple days a week.

  9. catgrrl3

    May 22, 2014 at 7:21 pm,

    MoM Rewards: catgrrl3 has a diamond MoM rewards level catgrrl3 said:

    I always thought they were both as important as each other, one is to stop more, and one is to loose what is already gained

  10. kazh

    May 18, 2014 at 11:28 am,

    MoM Rewards: kazh has a diamond MoM rewards level kazh said:

    Definitely true, the mantra at my gym is ‘you can’t out train a bad diet.’

  11. mom57522

    May 13, 2014 at 5:26 pm,

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    Need to get the right balance of food and exercise.

  12. dearest mom

    May 13, 2014 at 6:43 am,

    MoM Rewards: sweetbell has a diamond MoM rewards level sweetbell said:

    Very interesting article but I believe both factors are very important in a daily lifestyle.

  13. mom56842

    May 12, 2014 at 10:55 am,

    MoM Rewards: Mrs Bucket (that's pronounced Bouquet) has a diamond MoM rewards level Mrs Bucket (that's pronounced Bouquet) said:

    I agree with your article but I can’t bring myself to count calories.

  14. Pielow

    May 08, 2014 at 5:44 pm,

    MoM Rewards: Gracelow has a diamond MoM rewards level Gracelow said:

    I think they are both important: balanced diet + healthy lifestyle = win!

  15. Happymum-2

    May 08, 2014 at 3:05 pm,

    MoM Rewards: Happymum has a diamond MoM rewards level Happymum said:

    I think they are both important and should be factored in equally

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