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July 25, 2019

People want to be fit and enjoy eating.

But eating healthy food isn't always fun.

People say, "Eat right and exercise," which is right. We need both!

But it's not always that simple. 

I can totally relate with this struggle because I used to work out and played sports throughout my childhood and young adult life. But now that I'm older, it's not as easy as it used to be!

Perhaps you're like me.

So let me tell you the truth: exercise doesn't always equal weight loss.

Exercise ≠ Weight Loss

Let me explain: We tend to eat more after we work out. That's because we worked hard and burned calories, so we feel good about the fact that we worked hard.

We want to reward ourselves!

This is not bad. In fact, it can be good and right. For example, you might be training for a marathon and finish a 15-mile training day. If that's the case, you probably didburn a lot of calories and dodeserve a nice treat.

But let's face it: that’s not most of us, most of the time. 

We might do 20 minutes on the treadmill, sweat hard, get tired, and look down at our calorie-burn count.

Only 300 calories burned! What?

To put it in perspective, there are 380 calories in a small bag of Cheetos, so going through all that just for a bag of Cheetos is not always an equal cost opportunity.[1]

Now, you might be one of those very disciplined types who says to yourself, I’m going to go on a run and then eat a bowl of rice and black beans with side of raw spinach for dinner.

If that's you, then kudos!

But most of us workout and want a reward. It’s natural . . . but it’s also dangerous.

So what do we do if working out only makes us more hungry and less disciplined?

The Science of Exercise

One of my favorite studies on this subject measures how much two groups ate for lunch. One group went on a “nature walk” before lunch as a group building exercise while the other did the same walk but was told it was for “exercise.”

The result was that the group who went on the nature walk ate less than the group who did the walk for exercise.

My takeaway is this: Don’t put all of your active time in the category of “exercise.”

For instance, while it is great that you’ve started taking the stairs at work, don’t call that “exercise” and then allow yourself to eat an extra cupcake after lunch.

While it’s great that you’ve started taking your dog on a 30 minute walk every evening, think of it as leisure time. Don’t let it give you a reason to add a few more scoops of ice cream to your bowl after dinner.

It's important how we thinkabout exercise.

Exercise is good, no matter the amount—for sure.

But most agree,[2] lack of exercise alone didn’t lead to the obesity epidemic.

A bad diet did.

So change your thinking about exercise and food.

But then reward yourself with a healthy alternative to junk food. Our tasty snack bars offer one solid way to cultivate a gooddiet.

So instead of a cupcake, enjoy your reward and feel good about it. Taste our most popular peanut-butter flavored snack bar by clicking here and eat that after your workout as a reward. 

If you want to lose weight, start exercising regularly for your heart and your lungs and your overall health, but don't neglect your diet.

What we eat usually has a more direct and immediate impact on your weight loss goals than exercise, but both work together. 

So while exercise doesn't always equal weight loss, it can if you do your body right with a good balance of both exercise and a healthy diet. 

 

NOTES

[1] https://www.fatsecret.com/diary.aspx?pa=fjrd&rid=2373593

[2] https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/49/15/967.long


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