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Is It Possible to Lose Weight Without Exercise?

By Amy Silva

Have you ever found yourself at the gym sore, tired, gasping for breath and asking if exercise is worth the torture? Plenty of people have been there. Working out isn't always fun or comfortable for everyone. Add to that being overweight, obese, having breathing problems or bad joints and you're most likely not going to have a good time. Other people may be too busy to make time for exercise or they may just downright hate it and avoid it at all costs. So, is exercise truly necessary when trying to lose weight?

Is Exercise Necessary to Lose Weight?

The truth is, it is possible for many people to lose weight without ever stepping foot in the gym or doing any form of exercise. One reason is because it's easier to lose weight through diet than exercise. If one has an unhealthy diet and adds exercise but doesn't make any dietary changes, they'll most likely just maintain their weight even while exercising. This is usually the point where people get frustrated that they're working out but not seeing any changes. They may even end up giving up on working out.

Consider this: If 400 calories are burned in one hour through working out, but 1,200 or more calories are eaten for dinner, well, do the math; it would take at least three hours of exercise to burn off one dinner. This shows how much better it is to focus on diet than to spend all day attempting to work off all the extra calories consumed. How many times per month are you eating fast food? Add to that all the other excess calories you consume. Sugary treats, alcohol and fried foods should be avoided at best, but enjoyed in moderation at worst.

Why You Should Exercise

If you don't need to exercise to lose weight, why bother doing it at all if you can simply change your diet? One point to realize is dieting doesn't just make you lose fat, it makes you lose muscle. The goal should be to keep as much muscle as possible and focus on fat loss. Working out helps maintain muscle mass and has other benefits like boosting mood, improving sleep and reducing the risk of certain cancers and heart diseases, to name a few. Another point is that exercise helps maintain weight after weight loss, so shouldn't only be done while dieting.

A healthy lifestyle should involve a proper diet in combination with exercise to enjoy the health benefits of both. Exercise is just a tool when trying to lose fat; diet is the key, and both should be a part of the plan. Remember that without a healthy diet the results of working out will only be temporary.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Coppell, Tex.

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