Is exercise only one part of a weight loss program?

Yes, exercise is only one part of a weight loss program. Exercise is the part that helps us:
  • Increase our fitness level (we each have our own personal starting point)
  • Get more movement in our day
  • Feel good and mobile waking up muscles that maybe have been resting a while
  • In general, using up more energy (calories) 
The other very important part is nutrition. As we begin to take better care of our health, with weight loss being one of our goals, it's important to consciously take a look at our eating habits and implement ways to improve. We know that weight fluctuation, gain or loss, has to do with energy in vs. energy out. Exercise and general movement in your day is your output, and nutrition (what you consume) is your input. When we embrace this simple concept, suddenly we pay more attention to our food choices. Think: "How can I get the most nutrition (which your body will be needing even more as a result of your increased exercise), in the least amount of calories?" As we train our mindset to think this way, we begin to notice and eliminate processed foods, sodas, high-calorie, zero-nutrient-type foods. 
I'm also going to add one more part of the weight loss process, which I feel is worth mention. Our mindset. Take a closer look at your thoughts. Are they positive? Most are surprised that when they really pay attention to their thinking, they find much of their thoughts to be negative, especially towards themselves. I challenge you to not leave this piece out with your efforts towards weight loss. An example of how mindset may affect us is: We have an off day - miss a workout or go off our food plan. How do we respond? If we beat ourselves up about it, it usually results with us feeling low, discouraged, and possibly making additional choices not in line with our goal. Many of us do this without even realizing it. We have to deliberately stay aware and change the pattern. Isolate the situation purposefully and make your next decision and action one that is in line with your goals knowing that with each NEXT decision and ACTION, YOU can make a positive difference. 
Exercise is one component of an exercise plan with many benefits including increasing your metabolism, strength, endurance and organ function. But the most successful people who lose weight and keep it off adopt a comprehensive healthy lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle is multifaceted and consists of eating a healthy diet, increasing daily physical activity (including exercise), reducing stress, and sleeping a minimum of 7 hours per day. Combining all of these things will greatly increase your chances of reaching your weight loss goal, in addition to improving your overall health and wellness. Conversely, failure to adopt a healthy lifestyle can sabotage your efforts to lose weight and keep it off long-term; resulting in yo-yo weight fluctuations and frustration.
Yes exercise is only one part of weight loss.  The other two components of weight loss program are cardiovascular training and meal planning.  These three keys will help you lose weight, drop bodyfat and keep your muscles tone and lean.  Just as long as you burn more calories than you take in.  Bottom line you want to have a proper resistance training program, a productive cardiovascular program and eat the right foods to fuel your body to give you the results you want.
Jim White
Nutrition & Dietetics

Exercise is just one part of a weight loss program. If you are just working out and not changing your diet and overall lifestyle, you will not see a big change in your weight. When trying to lose weight your nutrition is actually about 80% of the equation while, exercise is the other 20%. Both exercise and nutrition are extremely important though. The exercise will allow your body to burn calories and gain lean body mass, which will allow you to burn more calories and make you a healthier individual.

Yes exercise is an important part but only part of a weight loss program. A comprehensive weight loss program includes, diet, exercise, behavioral change, and social support from friends and family. Studies show that the most successful weight loss programs combine all of these pieces together to help a person change their lifestyle in a way that makes weight loss and healthy weight management more successful. If you’re looking to lose weight combining exercise with diet, support, and behavior change will give you much better results than exercise alone. 

Yes exercise is an important part of the weight loss puzzle and other very important pieces include lifestyle changes like: making good nutritional choices, positive social support from family and friends and also getting to the root cause of the counterproductive habits that contributed to the weight gain in the first place.

Revealing the triggers and reasons behind self-destructive habits is the key to long lasting weight loss along with working on your self-esteem and how you feel about yourself on the inside.

The secret to taking it off and keeping it off is much, much deeper than just diet and exercise.

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