IT sounds like you're suffering from a perspective malfunction. :)
I used to be that way too! Until I realized that the exercise I do ADDS to the amount I burn each day... let's say you burn 400 calories during a workout. You aren't undoing that by eating 400 calories.
You have to look at the whole picture.
My BMR, for example, is about 1600. Add my daily living multiplier for a mostly sedentary lifestyle (times 1.2) and that brings my total BMR to about 1920.
That means that before I exercise, I will burn 1,920 calories EVERY DAY. Period.
Now, if I add 400 calories of exercise to any given day, that brings my TOTAL calorie burn for the day to 2,320.
That 140 calories doesn't sound so big anymore, does it?
YOu don't look at individual exercises nor individual foods for "undoing" a workout. To "undo" that workout, I would have to eat MORE than 2,320 calories! If I eat 2,320 calories, I'll maintain. However, if I eat 1700, that means I have a deficit of 620 for that day... which means that if I can do that ALL week, I'll lose roughly a pound, maybe over!
Your target calorie deficit to lose a pound a week is 500 a day, after adding your active living multiplier and exercise together, then subtracting your calorie intake. That's 3500 calories over a week. (3500 calories = 1 lb - but remember our bodies aren't calculators, and often the math will seem perfect but our bodies don't quite cooperate.
Think bigger, and don't fret the chocolate milk. It's a perfect after-workout snack, and that 140 calories is well spent helping your body recover.
Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 2/26/2013 (12:54)
Writer, mother, wife, and breadwinner. I love to run, but running doesn't love me, so I'm switching to my low-impact bike.
I'm not pregnant, just fat: My blog. fatnotpregnant.blogspot.com/
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