Before you answer this question, you need to understand that in order to lose body fat, there must be a calorie deficit; such are the laws of thermodynamics and energy balance. One way to create a calorie deficit is to decrease your calorie intake from food. The other is to increase the amount of calories you burn through exercise. Which of the two appeals most to you?
a. I want to lose weight, create a calorie deficit, primarily by reducing the amount of food I eat and not so much by exercising. Exercise seems to me like hard work and although it can definitely be a part of my weight loss approach I wouldn’t like it as my primary means to weight loss. After all, I may not have enough time to exercise.
b. I want to burn the fat primarily by exercising rather than by reducing the amount of food I eat. Although exercising may be hard at times, I choose to do it because I know that by increasing my muscle mass, I can turn my body into a metabolic furnace!