Changing perceptions on obesity may help keep weight loss resolutions

Most people overestimate the amount of time needed to burn off food they eat

Published On: Jan 30 2013 12:55:32 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 02 2013 08:49:07 PM EST
DETROIT -

If you made a resolution to lose weight in 2013, one study suggests you should ask yourself what is more important in the process, the food you eat or the amount of exercise you get.

According to research conducted by the University of Michigan the beliefs we hold are an important predictor to future weight gain or loss.

Experts say that people who think over eating is the cause of weight gain will eat less food.

Not surprisingly than, people who think exercise is the key to dropping weight will strive to work out more.

Researchers looked at five countries on three continents and the results suggested that people mainly pick one or the other rational.

The problem with this logic, most people who simply choose to work out more often calculate the wrong ratio of calories needed to burned off the food they are eating.

For example, the study says a 580 calories would take an average person four hours to walk off.

Exercise can help reduce weight if calorie intake also decreases says co-author of the study Anirban Mukhopadhyay.

Mukhopadhyay says people who believe that exercise rather than diet is to blame for being overweight will have a higher body mass than those who feel food is the cause.