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Diet & Exercise for Weight-Loss: What's the Best Way to Lose Weight?

By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., February 5, 2014 - 1:10pm

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I think you also need to mention that exercise and strength training will build muscle which in turn will increase your metabolism. Also, exercise strengthens the heart, which dieting alone will not do.


02/19/2014 - 12:20pm

Both of these studies sounds fascinating (International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders and Obesity Reviews). I wonder could you provide exact references or a link to the papers or even the names of the respective authors? Thanks in advance, Conor.


02/20/2014 - 5:08am

You are not addressing muscle mass and fat percentage - body composition changes when you exercise. Very out of touch with body composition and fitness leading to health. You are just looking at numbers. Plenty of thin women who couldn't run to the end of the block or lift anything over 5 lbs.


02/24/2014 - 6:49pm

Very interesting studies. Definitely food for thought. The studies do seem to show what you put in your body will effect your overall weight. Incorporating activity into your weekly regime will contribute to your overall health. -Tammy-Lynn McNabb , Host


02/25/2014 - 1:35am

This is the stupidest article I have ever read. As the people before me mentioned, exercise is very important for building muscle, which in turn does burn more calories. In addition, severe calorie restriction and no exercise will lead to muscle loss. Of course, by your definition, that will translate into weight loss, but losing muscle is not by any means good!

Providing references in this case would be an excellent idea. And critically reading the entire science articles is a good idea as well.


03/16/2014 - 9:15pm

I disagree with only cutting calories to lose weight. What happens to a 1200 calorie diet ? You shouldn't go under 1200 calories , so how do you cut calories then?


04/21/2014 - 4:57pm

I agree...exercise to lose weight never made sense to me. Exercise for good health is a differed story.


04/29/2014 - 5:12pm

Exercising is the best way to lose weight.It is so because sometimes we follow a very strict plan of dieting an it harms our body and sometimes we don't even follow the diet plan.So exercising is good at least you will not harm your body.Follow easy weight loss exercises at home and you are saved from the cost of payments to the gym


05/17/2014 - 7:40am

This article caught my attention. I agree with the calorie intake must be less. The exercise is important for the maintenance and sustaining your weight loss


10/01/2014 - 12:41pm

ThIs absolutely has been the case for me. I've lost 75 pounds on Weight Watchers in less than one year., just about 2 pounds a week. When I started I could not walk around the block. I would never have lost the first pound had I not been encouraged to focus on my diet.

I bought a food scale, learned portion control, tracked my food intake and lost the first 40 pounds without leaving the couch. I then was encouraged to add exercise bit by bit, and started with ten minute walks, three times a day. Gentle activity that relieved stress.

I now walk five miles a day, and I don't worry if I don't do it all at once. I look forward to exercise instead of hating it . I see exercise as stress relief, not an excuse to eat more, and I count my dog walks, walks to the store instead of taking the car, and busy part time job in a deli as part of my activity.

The motto 'Lose weight in the kitchen, not in the gym' rings true to this 55- year old woman.


10/20/2014 - 7:42am

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