As people across the nation attempt to fulfill their New Year’s resolution to lose weight and/or get fit, many are confused as to which method of weight loss and/or fitness is the most beneficial.
Researchers are able to predict whether or not a person will gain or lose weight by knowing fi they believe obesity is caused by overeating or by a lack of exercise. “The greater the extent to which you believe it is diet, the thinner you are on average,” says Brent McFerran, a marketing professor at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
People who believe obesity is caused by diet eat less food. Individuals who believe it is caused by a lack of exercise should work out more, but the problem is people who believe exercise is the best method to drop weight tend to overestimate the amount of calories burned during exercise and underestimate calories in the food they eat. Of course, this doesn’t mean that exercise doesn’t help reduce weight, but it is most effective only when calorie intake doesn’t also increase, says co-author Anirban Mukhopadhyay, a marketing professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Read the full details of the study here: https://www.futurity.org/health-medicine/exercise-or-diet-how-to-shed-extra-weight/