What’s More Important for Weight Loss: Diet or Exercise?
When it comes to losing weight, everybody seems to have a strategy all their own. Some go on hunger strikes, while others start running ten or fifteen miles a day. For people who want to lose weight in the most efficient way possible, it’s very important to understand which is more important for weight loss: diet or exercise?
Turns out, the answer is a little more complicated to answer than a one word reply. There are many processes by which our bodies store and expend energy. It all depends on what you’re trying to do.
Trying Not to Gain Weight
A common conversation about employee health is trying not to gain weight in the first place. Because of sedentary office culture found in so many companies around America, it can be easy to gain weight. People who don’t burn much energy through exercise or other activity can find that even a normal diet can lead to packing on the pounds.
For people who are happy with their weight but just don’t want to gain much more, carefully controlling calories is the best way to maintain. It’s much easier (in terms of time and planning) to control portions using calorie counters and convenient apps than to burn excess weight through rigorous exercise.
The onsite clinic can be a great facility to pass on this knowledge. Your workplace may not have an exercise facility, but simply by communicating helpful information about the balance between daily activity and daily calories can do great work for employee health.
For Actively Losing Weight
If a person is trying to lose weight for whatever reason (maybe they used an onsite clinic POC test from Hanson Medical Systems and learned that they have high blood cholesterol), a managed diet is still the more important factor in losing weight. It’s possible to lose significant weight without setting foot in the gym. But perhaps this gives the wrong impression.
Exercise will turbo-charge your weight loss efforts, if you’ve previously only relied on portion control and calorie counting. Exercise boosts your immune system and can cause you to burn double your normal daily calories, especially if you work in the typical office environment.
Both Are Important
Weight loss isn’t the only benefit received from diet or exercise. Both contribute to heart health, physical strength, longevity and a whole host of other benefits. That’s why it’s important to use these methods only enough to achieve one isolated effect, like weight loss.
Together, diet and exercise can create a better life for individuals. Together individuals can create healthier environments for their workplaces. As an employer, you can help facilitate these behaviors. Hanson Medical Systems has a lot of experience implementing diet and exercise strategies in American businesses.
Contact Hanson Medical Systems for healthcare consultation services on this or related subjects, and enjoy the benefits for your workplace. The advantages are both personal and financial. You’ll save money on your company healthcare bills, and also find that your employees are happier and more productive.