Experts Debate: Is Diet as Important as Exercise For Weight Loss?

Cassie Shortsleeve
by Cassie Shortsleeve
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Experts Debate: Is Diet as Important as Exercise For Weight Loss?

In the world of health and fitness, one question seems constant: What matters more when it comes to weight loss and maintaining a healthy body — diet or exercise? Moreover, the research is divided: One review and meta-analysis in Obesity Reviews shows diet, not exercise, results in significant fat loss. Yet, another study found people who are able to keep their weight down rely on regular exercisenot restricting what they eat.

While a healthy diet and physical activity have a role to play, some professionals claim one is more important than the other. Here, experts take sides:

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Cassie Shortsleeve
Cassie Shortsleeve

Cassie Shortsleeve is a Boston-based freelance writer and editor. She has worked on staff at both Shape and Men’s Health and contributes regularly to a slew of national print and digital publications such as Women’s Health, Condé Nast Traveler, and Furthermore for Equinox. With a degree in English and creative writing from the College of the Holy Cross, she has a passion for reporting on all things health, lifestyle, and travel.


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