When health care professionals talk with individuals about weight management, energy balance (‘energy in’ vs ‘energy out’) usually comes up. Over the decades, a truckload of research has examined the impact of diet and exercise on changes in weight and health. Through this work, it’s become increasingly clear that diet and exercise are not equal players in this equation.
As highlighted in a well-researched story on Vox, the impact of increasing physical activity and exercise pales in comparison to the influence that reducing dietary intake has on energy balance and body weight, and this is due to a range of physiological, behavioural, and psychological factors. There are a lot of excellent reasons why we should be active on a regular basis; however, weight loss doesn’t appear to be one of them.