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
"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
"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