Exercise or diet?

What do you think has more impact on physical appearance: a regular diet with tons of exercise (think half marathon), or a reduced calorie diet with some exercise (think salad and yoga)?
Posted on March 9, 2007 at 1:32 pm
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I think everyone's body is different, I HATE exercise, but I'm miserable when I have to give up the foods I love.... for me it's best when I combine some exercise with portion control

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 1:33 am
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Both, but nto to those extremes!  I will never run a half marathon (10km which is about a 1/4 marathon was enough for me) and just living on salad isn't healthy either.  I think diet plays a huge role in dropping pounds.  While exercise in general - running, yoga, situps, etc - give your muscle tone.  Losing body fat and gaining muscle mass both change the physical appearance of your body.


Due to a car accident injury I can't work out like I used to, therefore I won't be getting the cardio calorie burn or muscle tone I desire, so I'm relying more on my diet.  Challenging, but I'm doing the best I can (with still allowing some chocolate).

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 2:00 am
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both , lower calorie intake an exercise

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 2:22 am
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A combo of both would be perfect.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 2:23 am
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depends- what do you mean by 'regular diet'?

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 2:40 am
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both!!!!

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 2:40 am
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Both

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 2:41 am
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Both. The key is that your exercise needs to burn off (relative to how much you want loose) needs to exceede what you intake.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 2:50 am
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both!

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 3:03 am
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Regular diet with lots of exercise....... First of all, you'll get so used to all the exercise you'll find you have a ton of energy and overall love the way you feel (endorphins!!!!) after a good workout.... and second you don't have to feel like you're missing out on any good food, because you don't have to restrict yourself as much! OVERALL YOU"LL BE A MUCH HAPPIER PERSON!

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 3:12 am
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Personally I think diet has the most impact on weight loss, but working out increases metabolism to keep it off.  I lost about 15 pounds by just controlling portions though.  I was working out some but mostly just eating less.  

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 3:19 am
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You need both, but diet has more effect on you.  Now if you want to LOSE WEIGHT (like actually actively lose) - you need lots of cardio.  However, just for healthy lifestyle/maintingin weight, or losing slowly, diet has a bigger impact on you (health, apperance, etc) than exersise. (this is coming from some fitness gurus that we study)

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 3:28 am
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Diet/nutrition FOR SURE! Exercise is important for toning and cardiovascular health, but weight is impacted much more by diet.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 3:32 am
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both because one complements the other.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 3:37 am
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I say both that is what I am doing..

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 7:38 am
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I say a good combination of both:) I've done this and lost almost 25lbs since June:)


MY DH would say diet. He stopped eating chips and junkfood 2 months now and has lost 14lbs!!

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 7:45 am
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being healthy and looking good is 20% exercise and 80% what you eat. you can't really have one without the other


and when I saw what you eat I mean a well balanced diet. Not starving yourself.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 7:46 am
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Weight is always 80% diet!!! But always good to exercise :)
Posted on September 21, 2010 at 7:47 am
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The latter. A controlled diet with moderate exercise is the best way to lose weight and maintain weight loss. There's no point in putting unhealthy foods in your mouth and then running it off. Sure you might maintain your weight but what about the damage you are doing to your body by eating unhealthily (arteries, heart, liver etc.). 


On the other hand, if you eat hardly anything and don't exercise you're depriving your body of all the benefits of exercise; healthy heart and good respiratory workout, toned and healthy muscles, etc.


A mix of both is definitely the way to go. I can't sing pilates' praises enough. This is the activity to do if you can't be bothered getting on a treadmill, sweating like a pig and feeling like you're going to have an asthma attack, while all the same wanting a lean toned body with the disappearance of all the wobbly bits. Worked for me!! xxx

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 7:55 am
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For me, diet helps me lose weight much faster. but i am a generally active person without "exercising". and i'm sure after a few weeks of just dieting, i have to add in exercise to continue to lose weight.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 5:12 pm
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