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diet or gym ,which is more applicable for weight loss

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Posted on Sat, 16 Feb 2019
Question: diet or gym ,which is more applicable for weight loss
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Answered by Dr. Aaron Branch (20 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Diet

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Hello, I'm Dr. Branch, thanks for using Ask a Doctor. Studies have shown that diet is a more significant factor in weight loss than exercise. While diet is key for weight loss, exercise is important in terms of maintaining weight loss and not gaining it back.

There are many diets being advertised, but any diet that leads to weight lose will have to have an energy intake less than energy expenditure. All adults have been shown to lose weight when they restrict their calorie intake to less than 1000 kcal/day. So I would recommend that you focus on the amount of food that you eat rather than what kinds of food you eat. Of course, motivation to stay consistent is a large part of whether a diet will succeed or not.

So I would recommend that both diet and exercise are used to lose weight, but diet is the more important of the two.

I hope that helps, please let me know if you have any questions about that and I would be glad to discuss it further with you.
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Brief Answer: Diet Detailed Answer: Hello, I'm Dr. Branch, thanks for using Ask a Doctor. Studies have shown that diet is a more significant factor in weight loss than exercise. While diet is key for weight loss, exercise is important in terms of maintaining weight loss and not gaining it back. There are many diets being advertised, but any diet that leads to weight lose will have to have an energy intake less than energy expenditure. All adults have been shown to lose weight when they restrict their calorie intake to less than 1000 kcal/day. So I would recommend that you focus on the amount of food that you eat rather than what kinds of food you eat. Of course, motivation to stay consistent is a large part of whether a diet will succeed or not. So I would recommend that both diet and exercise are used to lose weight, but diet is the more important of the two. I hope that helps, please let me know if you have any questions about that and I would be glad to discuss it further with you.