Dieting. Exercise. Well-being. These are the three areas that should be included in a healthy lifestyle. It’s so easy to focus on one over the other, but doing so can sabotage your goals.
Some people find it easier to diet than exercise. But be warned. Exercise is key to weight management. Muscle is active tissue that burns calories and keeps your metabolism revved up. If you cut your calories too low when dieting you can lose muscle mass. Muscle is just stored protein and this protein will be used for energy if the body doesn’t get enough from food intake.
A recent study from Journal of Applied Physiology demonstrates that overweight seniors are more successful with diet and exercise.
A group of sedentary and overweight older people placed on a four month exercise program became more fit and burned off more fat, compared to older sedentary people who dieted but did not exercise.
The new study also showed that when older people diet without exercising, they lose more lean muscle compared to those who exercise.