We have spent years of debate between eating less or exercising more to discover what we really already knew the answer to be. The battle of weight loss doesn’t take sides between eating and exercise but rather both are critically important and on the same side. 
Some believe research shows eating less does result in more weight loss than exercising. According to Karen Collins, RD in her article Weighing in: Diet vs. exercise for losing pounds, objective analysis shows that cuts in calorie consumption add up faster than increases in exercise. She notes that studies show that a combination of smaller portions and changes in what we eat can easily add up to reduce calorie consumption by 500 daily, whereas burning an extra 500 calories daily can be a daunting target.
On the other hand (not other side…)  according to Mayo Clinic in article Exercise for weight loss: Calories burned in 1 hour, being active is an important part of any weight-loss or weight-maintenance program. When you’re active, your body uses more energy (calories). And when you burn more calories than you consume, you lose weight.  

I could go on and on relaying study after study from “both sides” and “same sides” of information telling us in order to lose weight we must eat less and/or move more.  but, whichever method works for you it is hard to deny the benefits of both and even more so, the benefits of both working together.

following are several conclusions i have made from personal experience over the years with clients who exercise consistently.  exercise is associated with long-term weight loss.  exercise seems to  be the reason for fat weight loss verses muscle mass loss.  exercise seems to benefit skin tone and complexion. i have watched women use exercise successfully to stop smoking.   i have noted women who exercise develop strength that appears to carry them through physical stressful situations. and i’ve noted strong bodies associated with emotional strength.  after sickness healing seems to happen quicker. sometimes it seems illness is rarer in strong bodies but harder, yet quicker in healing.  i also tend to feel that internally our organs, joints, lymphatic system, bones, etc. handle weight loss better with both exercise and cutting calories as opposed to only cutting calories.  i feel that cutting calories alone in order to loose weight, while we know it is effective, is like starvation, which has negative impact on our bodies. while I realize my assumptions are not educational studies, the information i have gathered and personal experience i have observed has been “carried out” in the exercise classroom(gym, homes, back yard pools, parks, even barns and lake docks) of all ages of women over the past 30 years.  it is hard to argue with experience….so, to sum up my experience i will end with how i began,  eating and exercise are both critically important and both on the same side.  enjoy an active, abundant, functional daily life via both healthy eating and healthy exercise.

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