What is your fitness pick? Diet or Exercise?

Mar 15, 2018 | 1 year ago | Read Time: 3 minutes | By iKnowledge Team

The biggest debate of all time is finally answered. Read on to know how simple the truth is after all.

From an active lifestyle to a happy perspective on life, it’s a proven fact that good health has many benefits. The advantages are numerous, but attaining this nirvana is no easy task. For a balanced lifestyle, is it important to exercise or diet? Few experts suggest that following a diet can help you lose weight, but does that mean that your body is becoming healthy? Others suggest exercising every day and eat whatever you want. There are lots of myths that isolate two very important aspects that can lead to a healthy, fit and balanced lifestyle. It is time to break free.

Let’s find the answer – Is diet better or exercise?

Let’s understand Sanjana’s routine, she used to be fit a few months back, but due to a shift in her work-life balance, she has started feeling lethargic and putting on some weight lately. She has friends who have suggested that she join their gym to lose weight in a healthy manner. Sanjana agrees that this may be a good idea. She works out every day, but continues following the same diet. She starts seeing results in a few weeks, but realises that she does not have the stamina to go on.

She approaches a fitness expert who tells Sanjana that despite a change in her physical activity, she does not feel completely fit, because her diet is ill-equipped to handle the additional physical effort.

Now imagine a completely new scenario, where Sanjana plans to go on an extreme diet. She feels that this will help her lose weight in no time. But what it does is, the diet makes her system weak and she easily puts on the weight once she stops her diet.

What can you take away from this?

Sanjana tried both exercise and diet in isolation, because of which she didn’t get long-lasting effects. So, where’s the disconnect, you ask?

People forget that both diet and exercise are integral parts of your life. You need to maintain a healthy routine and eat well, so that you can derive all the benefits. Both go together.

You need to plan your routine and follow it carefully. But first you need to set your goal, do you want to lose weight, tone your body or lead a healthy and active lifestyle? Based on your goal, you can start charting out your diet and exercise routine. Even a simple walk in the morning can sometimes prove to be extremely useful.

Go the ‘Diet’ route

If you choose to start with your diet, don’t forget to exercise as well. Eating the right kind of food is equally important. Consuming fruits and vegetables for essential proportions of nutrients such proteins, minerals and carbs are extremely crucial for a healthy lifestyle. Your body needs to have sufficient resources to help you maintain an active life.

– Hail ‘Exercise’!

Now that you have your diet in place, you can begin with your daily workout regime that goes hand-in-hand with the diet plan. Following a diet plan with zero physical activity will not result in the desired effect you are longing to see, and this especially true when it comes to weight loss.

So, try to follow both these steps if you want a wholesome improvement in your health.


Yes, the truth is that both, diet and exercise, are essential for a healthy and good life. You need to strike a balance! And at the same time invest in a rewarding health insurance plan too. Because you never know when unexpected situations take over and heavy medical bills are to be paid. To strike the right balance between a diet and exercise, is to have peace of mind, knowing that you and your loved ones are covered for medical contingencies.

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