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Diet Versus Exercise: Why It Doesn’t Need To Be A Debate

Food Health | August 5, 2013 | By

Yearly, and depending on the number of celebrities to catch onto the trend, there is a new diet bandwagon for the body-conscious to jump into. These diets promise drastic weight loss over a short duration and other welcome side effects such as clearer and healthier skin or leaner muscles.

Exercise trends crop up in pretty much the same way. Frequent and generally newfangled, these ingenious fat burning methods have their own weight loss promises. They are usually structured into programs that, when followed religiously, are considered the most effective fitness bootcamps.

For health buffs, all these options are up in the air. They could combine any number of methods of dieting and exercising, but it’s a long shot to figure out which really delivers the best output. And the latter is usually defined in terms of which figure looks best.

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Determining fitness levels first

What adherents of the exercise and diet combo take for granted is their bodies’ preparation for drastic lifestyle changes. Cases of allergic reactions after following a strict diet are rampant, as are faint moments in the middle of vigorous exercising. Sometimes, the diet fails to supply energy levels for chosen exercise regimens. In the inverse scenario, exercise could not convert to fuel the main dietary sources of energy.

In reality, health buffs should consider a number of factors before taking on new diet and exercise regimens. The most salient of these considerations are physiological strength and individual reactions to certain food types. Then the analysis could move on to established routines of physical activity, and whether a specific diet could supplement additions to the exercise regimen.

People who have a history of allergies and other medical conditions should be cleared by their physicians for drastic lifestyle changes. Likewise, even those who deem themselves “strong enough” would fare better ensuring this is indeed the case.

Change-ups: The good, bad, and ridiculous

The simplest tips for staying fit and healthy stray from the radical recommendations of diet fads. These merely put primacy on balanced diets and moderate exercise. Regimes that are premised on rapid weight loss could actually be red flags for unhealthy and unsustainable lifestyles.

Despite the startling number of diet fads out there, people who feel great about the change-ups in their diet and the variations in their exercise regimen are merely following the basic economy of weight loss. Eating less than what one burns through exercise makes more regimens effective than any exotic ingredient recommended as a staple in any particular diet.

At least, the combination of diet and exercise puts to rest persistent loyalties to only one method of weight loss. As standalones, diet and exercise have short-term benefits. Weight loss may be one, but this could easily be off-set by sedentary lifestyles and would not benefit from exercise’s ability to banish toxins from the body.

With the correct caution, however, fitness buffs could be as fickle with their dietary and exercise choices as they want. That would certainly beat doing nothing at all to curb weight loss.