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Which is More Effective for Weight Loss? Diet or Exercise?

from WISH-TV

If you're trying to lose weight, which one should you tackle first: diet or exercise? Research points to diet.

"If we're looking at which one is going to bring about the most weight loss in the shortest amount of time, then sure, nutrition and diet is going to play a bigger role," says Kara Mohr, Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology and a behavioral weight loss expert.

A yearlong study done in 2011 put diet against exercise among post-menopausal women. After 12 months, it found the group of women who only changed their diet lost an average of 8.5 percent of their body weight. The group of women who only exercised – without changing their diet – lost 2.4 percent of their body weight. The third group that mixed both diet and exercise lost an average of 10.8 percent of their total weight.

"We know that a lot of time the activity that you’re doing is just not going to outweigh [the calories] you’re bringing in," says Fred Hoffman, owner of Fitness Resources Consulting Services and an international fitness expert. more

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