Better For Weight Loss: Exercise or Diet

Many people today dread the thought of spending 30 minutes a day biking, running, or using a few nautilus machines. Some people don’t even enjoy the activity as simple as walking. Which really is a shame and a loss for them. Living an active lifestyle provides so many benefits, of which one of them can be weight loss. Which is why I am asking; Better for weight loss: exercise or diet?

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Interesting Studies

Exercise may not be the most effective method to weight loss by itself. There must be a combination of different forms of exercise and diet intake choices. According to an article in, a study completed by researchers at Duke University learned that while performing cardio exercise, one of two study groups lost more weight versus the other group performing resistance training. As well, Chris Slientz, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine at Duke University suggests “it’s what and how much you eat has a far greater impact on how much weight you lose.”


My Struggle With Diets

Years ago, there was a product on the market consisting of a fitness plan and supplement intake called Cybergenics. At that time, I was obsessed with bodybuilding, fitness and desperate to try and shape my physique. So I discovered Cybergenics during my research. I felt comfortable that it was safe to try after educating myself on it.  The program is comprised of taking the supplement, as well as following a very strict diet plan. After a few short days, I realize that this diet plan is unsustainable. And probably anyone who followed it strictly, would have lost weight even without taking the supplement. This is what my nutritional intake consisted of during the first couple of days.

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  • Morning:   one slice of Peanut butter, ½ grapefruit, water
  • Lunch:     Can of tuna on crackers, carrots, water
  • Dinner:     Boiled chicken, broccoli, crackers, water

The Diet Scam

When the plan suggested boiled chicken and broccoli for breakfast, that was it, I discontinued it. My stomach couldn’t handle having such bland, boiled chicken for breakfast.  I recently did more research on that Cybergenics product, and it appears that it may have been a scam. According to, there were a few other supplement products that turned out to be scams from the 1980s and 1990s.   An interesting article, read complete article here:

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Lessons Learned

Well, now that I am older, I realize that there is no need to starve myself, that if you make time to exercise, and eat healthy, natural, sensible nutrition that you can maintain a healthy weight and life. Now, my fit life regime consists of a combination of natural eating, yoga, weight training, hiking, and walking.

When I feel I need to burn more body fat, I will do a few 10 minute fat burner moves and an exercise regime called Spartacus. If you need to burn some of that adipose fat away, then these exercise techniques will burn it off.  I’ve done it and it works. This might be regime classified in the Hiit arena (high intensity interval training). I hope to inspire as many people as possible to maximize their lives and include activity.

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So, you may not want to get so caught up in one method or the other of how to slim down. Keep it simple, eat healthy and smaller proportions, and do more activity.  You put less in and you add more output. There are endless ways, simple ways to stay healthy and fit! Do not put so much pressure on yourself and restrict yourself to new years resolutions, etc. Create a sustainable plan to implement more healthy foods, make time for activity, and allow yourself to enjoy a few goodies occasionally! So, which is better, exercise or diet? From my experience, I say both!


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