There has long been a debate over food calories and working out when it comes to fitness and weight loss. Some say that “abs are made in the kitchen” and that you cannot exercise your way out of bad eating habits. Others say that movement is what’s needed to sustain overall weight loss and a healthy lifestyle.

While both may be true, there is some new emerging information on the fitness side of the debate that is worth considering.

According to a new study by the Center for Weight, Eating, and Lifestyle Science at Drexel University, doing your part to get into a regular fitness routine can help you with the nutrition and diet side of weight loss. Specifically when it comes to portion control and consistency.

The study found that people who work out are more likely to stick to a nutrition plan they put in place instead of forgoing it over time and reverting back to old habits.

The key takeaway from the study is that in addition to the nutritional benefits of eating the right kinds of foods, there is evidence that movement and living an overall healthy lifestyle will help someone with actually staying mentally focused and on track throughout their weight loss journey.

Another interesting fact that the study uncovered is a correlation between working out moderately instead of intensely. Those who were pushing their bodies to the extreme naturally develop bigger appetites. If you want to keep up with portion control and sustain meal plans finding a nice middle ground and balance is key.

Now that we’re all spending more time at home and indoors it’s especially important to consider revamping your family’s daily nutrition habits. Finding ways to still get in necessary fitness time even without gyms open or being able to gather in certain outdoor areas is critical for overall health and wellbeing. Take the opportunity while home to spend time outdoors and get creative with the kids or pets. Your body will thank you for it.