Gym Vs Diet

Slimming down, losing weight, crash diets…. the battle is on between the Gym and Diet plans; What Wins and Why!

Hit the Gym

Diets Vs Exercise

Expert: Michele Olson, PhD, professor of physical education and exercise science at Auburn University at Montgomery, Alabama

“Yes, you can lose weight with diet alone, but exercise is an important component. Without it, only a portion of your weight loss is from fat — you’re also stripping away muscle and bone density. Since working out stimulates growth of those metabolic tissues, losing weight through exercise means you’re burning mostly fat. The number on the scale may not sound as impressive, but because muscle takes up less space than fat does, you look smaller and your clothes fit better. Data show that to lose weight with exercise and keep it off, you don’t need to run marathons. You just need to build up to five to seven workouts a week, 50 minutes each, at a moderate intensity, like brisk walking or Zumba. Resistance training helps, too. But don’t just do isolated weight-lifting exercises like biceps curls — you’ll get leaner faster by using your body weight against gravity, as with movements like squats, lunges, push-ups and planks. And, of course, beyond burning fat, people shouldn’t forget that exercise can have other impressive health perks, like improving the quality of your sleep, lowering your cholesterol and reducing your stress level.”

Exercising over Diets is important, however looking at the Diet and eating healthier or small portions is better to ease you into healthy eating. Many members find its hard to suddenly change their diet completely and over night. Dieting and cutting carbs while exercising can be very dangerous and really make your body sore, minimize the affects of the workout as you will not have energy to burn off so you will not be able to push yourself as hard.

Eat Smart

Expert: Shawn M. Talbott, PhD, nutritional biochemist and former director of the University of Utah Nutrition Clinic

“As a rule of thumb, weight loss is generally 75 percent diet and 25 percent exercise. An analysis of more than 700 weight loss studies found that people see the biggest short-term results when they eat smart. 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. For example, if you eat a fast-food steak quesadilla, which can pack 500-plus calories, you need to run more than four miles to ‘undo’ it!

“So, what should you eat? It’s true that low-carb diets tend to be the most popular because they offer the fastest results, but they can be difficult to sustain. I recommend striving for a more balanced plan that focuses on fruits and veggies, lean proteins and whole grain carbs. And never cut calories too low (this causes your metabolism to slow, and you can start losing muscle mass). For a healthy daily calorie count, allow 10 calories per pound of body weight — so a 150-pound woman should shoot for a 1,500-calorie target. That way, you should be able to lose weight no matter how much you exercise.”


Exercise and Diet or a better term is Nutrition are both important to give you the energy you need to burn while in the gym or everyday life. You do not want to go everyday feeling hungry, a replacement or change to keep you eating and snacking is important but healthy options are better than bad ones for quick energy. Feeding your body regularly is important to help the metabolism realize it doesn’t need to store as much fat between meals. If you need help then we have personal trainers within the gym that can help you, but we urge you not to crash “Diet” but just look at your intake to the calories burnt for a healthy life style.

I think we all agree a healthy life is a balance between weight bearing exercise, cardio with a decent stretch to improve your flexibility and movement.