WebMD states that the fastest way to lose weight is to eat a healthy diet and work out regularly. It also recommends tricking the mind to make these approaches seem easier. For example, including positive changes into a diet rather than attempting to exclude items, and it recommends obtaining exercise goals through fun activities, such as riding bikes or playing Frisbee, as ways to lessen the pressures of weight loss.
WebMD recommends sticking to small adjustments, such as eating more vegetables at meals and taking brisk walks during lunch breaks, over a prolonged period of time to make weight loss uncomplicated. Many people do not want to exercise and believe that diet alone is the easiest way to lose weight. While this may be true, Women's Health warns that relying singularly on diet is not a healthy way to approach weight loss in the long term. Exercise helps to keep muscle mass on the body, while weight loss from dieting tends to burn both fat and muscle.
WebMD explains that muscle burns more calories than fat, so it is ideal to maintain a healthy amount of muscle mass on the body to support a high metabolism. According to Women's Health, exercise presents benefits to aid in weight loss that diet cannot, such as providing for better sleep, decreasing stress levels and improving overall energy.