Is exercise really important to individuals who want to lose weight and better their nutrition? Well yes and no is the broad answer. Contrary to popular belief, exercise is not as important as most people think when it comes to getting to a healthy, desirable weight. We all have grown up hearing “if you want to lose weight, you need to exercise daily or you need to burn a lot of calories.” Because of this common notion beat into our brains, an individual would set out on a goal to lose weight but spend endless hours in the gym doing breathtaking cardio and resistance training, sometimes not seeing any results or just minimum results on the weight scale. The truth is exercise is not really all that important to losing weight. One can never exercise and they will lose weight if they eat the right foods. Losing weight is mostly based on how effective one’s diet is. A person can lose weight by lessening the calories their body consumes a day and exercise is just a supplement. The best way to burn calories is to not eat the calories at all. It takes a 3500-calorie deficit to lose a pound over an allotted amount of time. The average person may burn up to 500 calories at the gym per session but can reduce the calories they intake by approximately 800-900 calories just by not eating a fast food meal from say McDonald’s or Chick-fil-a, but instead eating a chicken breast with vegetables. Weight loss is about control and if one controls their eating, they wouldn’t have to ever step foot in the gym. But even though exercise is not as important to losing weight, it is very important to our overall quality of nutrition. Exercise is good for the heart and the lungs, and it keeps the body at peak potential.