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Can I lose more weight with changing how I eat over increasing my exercise level?
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Weight loss is slightly greater in those who focus on diet only for the first few months, than a combination of both diet and exercise leads to the best sustained outcomes. If you are significantly overweight, focus like a laser beam first on your food intake, then slowly add in some moderate exercise after 3 months. The exercise should get your heart rate up above 100-120 for 20-30 minutes per day.
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