Similar to the whole “which came first, the chicken or the egg?” debacle, there seems to be a lot of debate over whether diet or exercise comes first when trying to losing weight.
It can be difficult to find time to work out while also eating healthy so many people find themselves having to make a choice between the two. Weight loss is generally 75% diet and 25% exercise. So, on average, people who diet without exercise lose more weight than those who exercise while maintaining their same diet. Think of it this way; it’s much easier to cut calories out than to burn them off. Those who believe exercise is more important than diet in losing weight will say that they can just work off whatever food they eat. But try eating a 600+ calorie meal for dinner and finding time to burn it off before bed time. You simply can’t “out-exercise” a bad diet.
Although both exercise alone and diet alone are effective for weight loss, the only real answer to the exercise vs. diet debate is BOTH. You will always get better results from diet and exercise together than either one on its own.