Tough Talk Tip: Don't make up for calories burned
Thursday, June 19, 2008
I know this one won't be a favorite. Don't be afraid to tell me what you really think - but it worked for me, and it can work for you.
When you exercise, do not make up the calories you burn with food. Do not say, "Oh, I can eat more because I burned 600 calories today."
Nope. Perish the thought.
I never count calories, I'm just aware of them, but let's say you're eating around 1,600 calories a day to lose your weight. You do 45 minus of exercises that burn 300 calories.
That's great - leave it there. Do not eat more because you exercised. Period.
I know it goes against the grain. I know people will shout, "Oh, you'll go into calorie deficit."
You won't. (I'm talking about most of us trying to lose weight. I'm not referring to people with real food or exercise disorders. That's a different matter altogether).
Most people underestimate the calories they eat and over estimate the calories they burn - which can actually lead to weight gain or a plateau, especially if you're compensating for calories expended.
View exercise as important to losing pounds. As a way to shape up your mind and your body. You need it for your overall health. It's necessary and a bonus to your weight-loss plan.
But do not add up the calories you eat, then subtract those you burn, and think you can eat more. Keep your calories, or portions, where they need to stay to lose weight, no matter your exercise plan, and you'll see that weight steadily drop.
You'll move closer to your goal, and that will motivate you even more.