Is it Better to Lose Weight or Get Fit?

The latest scientific findings suggest that an intense workout in the gym is not as effective as gentle exercise when it comes to weight loss. A new review concluded that you don't need to lose weight to be healthy, but being fit helps reduce the risk of diabetes. The study used body mass index (BMI) to determine normal weight levels. If your BMI is 25 to 29, you are considered overweight, and if it is 30 or more, you are considered obese.

Doing some type of resistance training is a crucial addition to an effective long-term weight loss plan. It makes it easier to maintain weight, which is actually much harder than losing it in the first place. Exercise is important for overall health, and different types of exercise can offer different advantages when it comes to weight loss. People who have or are at high risk for type 2 diabetes need to maintain their weight as close to normal as possible.

Combining dietary changes and regular exercise can help you achieve more significant and sustainable weight loss in the long term. By burning extra calories and increasing your metabolic rate, regular physical activity allows you to have more flexibility with your diet, making losing weight more pleasant and less restrictive. An easy way to control calorie intake and promote weight loss without counting calories is to focus on eating whole, minimally processed foods that are high in fiber, protein, and healthy fats. Make an effort to gain weight for a week or two, and do more repetitions with each workout, and then go back to doing push-ups with only body weight.

Research has confirmed that it is more difficult for women to lose weight than men because women's bodies are simply more efficient at storing fat. Overeating just 100 calories a day can lead to a 10 lb weight gain over the course of a year. Therefore, both diet and exercise are important for weight loss, and the combination of both will optimize results.

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