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Is exercise the answer to maintaining a healthy weight?

We know the benefits of regular physical activity include reducing your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, but how effective is it in helping to keep your waistline in check?

 

It turns out that you just can't outrun a bad diet!

 

New research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found healthy eating may have the upper hand in maintaining a healthy weight and waist circumference. It is often reported that physical activity and healthy eating are both the keys to good health, however this research shows healthy eating might actually take the cake. (Excuse the pun!)

 

The type and amount of food you eat is a major contributing factor to your waistline and research shows unfortunately you can't outrun, walk or jump away a bad diet. This means no matter how much exercise you do, it won't counteract a poor diet. Turns out that you can't have your cake and eat it too!

 

Diabetes Queensland's newest physical activity expert, accredited exercise physiologist Kristen says it is a matter of numbers.

 

"A poor diet will contain a huge number of kilojoules and you would need to be exercising at a high intensity for extended periods to be able burn off those extra kilojoules," Kristen says.

 

"To put it into perspective, if you eat a chocolate bar and a sugary drink every day you need to run at a brisk pace for 45 minutes each day just to burn them off. Let's face it, very few of us are running that far on a daily basis."

 

Of course physical activity is essential for good health and provides many more benefits than simply burning kilojoules. To help you find your balance of an active lifestyle and a balanced diet, check out the Healthier. Happier. Health and Fitness Age challenge at healthier.qld.gov.au