Weight loss is not an overnight result, but a journey we are constantly striving towards. Let’s agree – wouldn’t we all do better by shedding those stubborn few kilos? However, this is easier said than done. It takes a lot of dedication, patience, willpower, and control to really eat healthier and lose weight. We all wonder sometimes – is it possible to gobble up unhealthy food and burn it all off with rigorous exercise? Recently research of the University of Sydney found that this is not the case and that weight loss is not just about creating a calorie deficit. A bad diet cannot be balanced with too much exercise. Research shows that high levels of physical activity do not counteract the harmful effects of a poor diet, especially on mortality risk.
The research was published in ‘British magazine of Sports Medicine’. Academics at the University of Sydney conducted the study on a population sample of around 3,60,000 UK adults using data provided by the UK’s Biobank. They carefully studied the effects of physical activity and a ‘high-quality’ healthy diet on factors such as heart health and cancer risk. For the purposes of the study, a high-quality diet was defined as one that included five servings of fruit and vegetables per day, two servings of fish per week, and low consumption of processed meats such as red meat. .
The researchers found that participants with a high-quality diet and high levels of exercise or physical activity had the lowest risk of death. Their risk of death was reduced by 17% from all causes, 19% from cardiovascular disease and 27% from selected cancers, compared with those with poor diets who did not exercise.
Lead author, Associate Professor Melody Ding from the Charles Perkins Center and Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney said, “Both regular physical activity and a healthy diet play an important role in promoting health and longevity. Some people may think that they can offset the effects of a poor diet with a high level of exercise or offset the effects of low physical activity with a high-quality diet, but the data Does this show that this is unfortunate.“
Therefore, a healthy diet and adequate physical activity are absolutely necessary to reduce the risk of death. Co-author Joe Van Buskirk, from the School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health, said: “Adhering to both a quality diet and adequate physical activity is important for optimally reducing risk mortality from all causes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. .
The researchers feel that doctors and public health officials should both promote physical activity do exercise and a high-quality diet, as the data demonstrates that it can provide a significant improvement in overall health. Associate Professor Ding said: “Public health messages and clinical advice should focus on promoting both physical activity and dietary guidelines to promote healthy longevity.