Should Overweight People Diet Or Exercise First ?
If you are overweight then there are two categories –
1. Extremely Overweight – Weight above 100 kgs, BMI above 30 & haven’t exercised for a long time.
2. Slightly Overweight – BMI between 26- 30 and follows a sedentary lifestyle.
In the first scenario (wherein you are Extremely Overweight) and haven’t exercised for a long time, it’s best to diet and lose excessive weight first because your muscles & joints are not conditioned or ready for a heavy workout, doing rigorous workout at this stage will only lead to injury (knee pain, lower back pain etc.) which may last a long time hence the only exercise recommended is walking….Once you have lost enough weight you can always increase exercise intensity.
In the second scenario (wherein you are Slightly Overweight), it’s recommended that you start with light workout, this will help build lean muscle mass, fasten metabolism and speed up the process of weight loss however here also you need to focus on your diet as without correcting your eating pattern it would be fairly difficult to lose weight,
Conclusion: In both scenarios you do need to focus on your diet because without cleaning up your eating pattern it will be very difficult to lose weight & body fat.
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