How important are diet and exercise when it comes to losing weight?

While studies confirm that diet is the prime factor in controlling body weight (and essential for fat loss), emphasizing eating habits may inadvertently convince people that exercise isn’t essential. That would be a huge mistake, say experts. Exercise is the best thing you can do for your for many health reasons, including disease prevention, cardiovascular health, soft-tissue integrity and cognitive health.

Is diet or exercise more important than the other? The answer is that they're both important.

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