I recently received a question from the reader--diet or exercise: what's the best way to lose weight? If you really want to see that number on the scale drop, what you put in your mouth matters most. People who simply cut calories to slim down lose about 2 pounds a week, says a study in the International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders. At the same time, people who exercise but don't restrict calories drop less than half a pound each week. Get a meal plan that fits your calorie needs to lose weight.
Why doesn't physical activity produce the same pound-dropping results as calorie restriction? One thought is that though exercise burns calories, it doesn't rev your metabolism, says a study in Obesity Reviews. It also doesn't prevent your metabolism from slowing as you lose pounds. As you slim down--via any method--your metabolism slows incrementally with your weight loss and, despite what manyRead More »from Diet or Exercise: What's the Best Way to Lose Weight?