People often wonder which is more important for their health—diet or exercise. In this video, Suzanne Steinbaum, DO, author of Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum’s Heart Book: Every Woman’s Guide to a Heart Healthy Life and Bottom Line’s “At the Heart of It All” blog, explains that the answer to this question depends upon your health goal. If you are looking for weight loss, then diet is more important than exercise. No matter how much you exercise, unless you also change your diet, you are not going to lose weight. But when it comes to preventing heart attacks and strokes, exercise is more important. Fat or skinny, an out-of-shape person is far less healthy than someone who engages in regular physical activity. Dr. Steinbaum cautions that unless you pursue a nutritious diet as well as exercise, you cannot truly be considered to be healthy.

Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum is a cardiologist, author and spokesperson for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Campaign. She has devoted her career to treating heart disease through early detection, education and prevention. For more great tips from Dr. Steinbaum, check out her other videos and Bottom Line blog, At The Heart Of It All.