The simple answer is NO....
It is a lot easier to consume calories then it is to burn them off. Think how long it takes you to burn 100 calories on the rower machine? Now think how long it takes you to consume 100 calories in biscuits?
Using exercise as a tool to try and compensate your poor diet is just a battle you are never going to win.
How many people do you know who regularly attend the gym or exercise classes but their weight never seems to change?
This isn't because they are not working hard enough or doing the exercise wrong, it is because they are consuming enough calories to maintain their current weight.
Exercising with a poor diet is like driving a car with four punctures. It is still just about drivable but it is going to take you a considerable amount of time to get anywhere, and eventually you will probably cause more damage to the car it's self.
What's the point in exercising then?
To lose weight we need to consume less energy (calories) then our body requires to maintain our current weight. Diet plays a very important role to achieve this because as I mentioned above it is a lot easier to eat calories then it is to burn them. However exercise can be used as an addition to help enhance your deficit. You will also reach a point in your diet where you are no longer loosing weight and you can't possible eat any less calories. Unless you want to eat dust and lettuce that is? Bit weird.... Following a regular exercise programme and keeping active will allow you to maintain a realistic calorie deficit, allowing you to still enjoy eating food.
Resistance training is also very important because this helps your body to increase your muscle mass which in turn helps increase the amount of calories your body requires to maintain your current weight.
Finally, exercise offers so much more than just a tool to help with weight loss.
It can reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer and lower your risk of early death by up to 30%.
The Bottom Line
To achieve the quickest, healthiest and best results don't just do half of the equation. Add exercise and a calorie controlled diet to your lifestyle to achieve your best body and health!
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