I’ve done both. I’ve failed many times to successfully lose weight, and in my last great attempt, I’ve been successful. I’ve been keeping off my weight for nearly a year now, and it’s been a lot easier than I ever thought it could have been possible. What is the difference today versus all the other times I tried to lose weight? Diet.
I don’t mean diet in the modern sense: a special course of food to which one restricts oneself, either to lose weight or for medical reasons. I mean diet in the traditional (and proper) sense: the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats. So, what is it specifically that allowed me to be successful this time? I no longer eat anything with sugar or added artificial sweeteners, grains, dairy, soy, or legumes.
I’ve met lots of people who have all the determination necessary to be successful at losing weight, but they are going about it all wrong. I know a guy who has been walking every day in my neighborhood for over five years. He walks about 8 miles a day. Amount of weight lost in the past five years? About 20 lbs. What does he eat for breakfast? Oatmeal. Lunch? Salad and a whole wheat sandwich. Dinner? Rice and Beans with chicken breast. Can you imagine eating that for five years and getting only 20 lbs worth of weight loss? No wonder he thinks it’s impossible for him to lose weight. I lost 6 times as much weight in 1/5 the time with diet alone.
Sometimes, the difference between success and failure isn’t the amount of effort, but the type of effort. Do the research and eat good food. You can’t out-exercise a bad diet.