Making healthy lifestyle choices is critical to treating your body right, ultimately warding off disease and promoting longevity. Certain habits, such as eating well and exercising, can also help you look and feel you best. One is more crucial than the other, however, and acts as the ultimate foundation to overall wellness: following a healthy diet. As important as exercise is for losing weight, boosting your immune system and improving your energy by following a primarily raw, plant-based diet gives your body the fuel it needs to get through a workout, while also offering more weight-loss benefits than exercise.
Exercise vs. Healthy Eating
While running on the treadmill to burn those excess calories you devoured for dinner seems like the easy way out, starting with smarter eating habits and cutting calories initially ends in better results. An analysis of 700+ weight-loss studies found the best short-term results came when participants chose to eat well, according to Shawn M. Talbott, Ph.D, nutritional biochemist.
“On average, people who dieted without exercising for 15 weeks lost 23 pounds; the exercisers lost only six over about 21 weeks. It’s much easier to cut calories than to burn them off,” he told The Huffington Post.
Following a healthy diet builds the foundation for effective exercise.
Think about it this way: Have you ever considered how much energy you use per day while exercising? According to Dr. Mercola, working out only accounts for 10 to 30 percent of the energy your body uses in any given