Welcome to part four of The science behind weight loss, a Conversation series in which we separate the myths about dieting from the realities of exercise and nutrition. Here, Deakin University nutrition academic and dietician, Associate Professor Tim Crowe, explains the role exercise and nutrition play in weight loss:
Searching for the best way to lose weight? Should the emphasis be on diet, or can the solution be found in the gym?
Well, the answer lies somewhere in between.
In the red corner of the weight-loss title fight, sits the dieting contender. On the surface, dieting would appear to have the edge, because no matter what a person’s genetic makeup and metabolism, anyone who stops eating is guaranteed to lose weight.
Starvation, though, is not a dieting option to be recommended or one that is sustainable.