In a perfect world, everyone would work out enough and eat right all the time. But in real life things are a bit more complex, and the constant question that everyone seeking the answer to is “how do I get those washboard abs”, and “are abs really made in the kitchen?
We all know that a balanced combination of diet and exercise play an important role when keeping your weight in check, but research has shown one may be more important than the other when it comes to the battle of losing the excess pounds.
According to publications in the journal Psychological Science, studies have shown that people who think diet is most important tend to have a lower Body Mass Index (BMI) than those who believe exercise is most important. The conclusion was surprising, and went against what many of us are taught every day.
Researchers asked more than 1,200 people throughout the United States, Canada, China, France and South Korea what they think the is main cause of being overweight. The researchers also took the participants’ height and weight measurements to calculate their BMI. The study showed that those who considered exercise more important in controlling weight had a higher BMI than those who considered diet more important. But what could be the cause and affect?
Well, it was shown that people’s weight control beliefs dictated their food choices. Meaning, people who believed diet was the root cause of their weight gain, and the most important factoring their weight loss process, have made better food choices over those who thought exercising is the ultimate solution to their weight loss obstacles. In one study participants were offered unlimited chocolate. Those who said exercise was more important ate more than those who believed the better choice was diet.
It appears that abs, in fact, are made in the kitchen, since people tend to overestimate the amount of calories they burn while working out and compensate for the extra activity by eating more, according to Brent McFerran, PhD, an assistant professor at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
Although diet has shown to be most effective in losing weight, exercise also has benefits such as boosting energy, preventing diabetes and improving mood, building muscle which ultimately burns more calories while the body is at rest; and those are only a few examples to the many reasons one should be encouraged to maintain an active lifestyle.