Workout Weight Gain?

Oh NOEvery so often a client will try to convince me that her workout regimen is making her fat. Of course, I never agree. The exercise alone is not making you fat! I do however believe it is entirely possible to pack on extra pounds. In spite of a great exercise program. I have witnessed the evil! You must be careful.

Whether because exercise makes us hungry or because we want to “gift” ourselves with a high-calorie treat, many of us eat more, and make unhealthy choices after a workout. Here is a classic example; Linda, (a fictitious client), worked out like a jungle animal today. She was starved following her workout. So, she rushed to Starbucks, ordered a grande latte, a blueberry muffin and had a few bites of her girlfriend’s chocolate chip scone. Linda already burned the food off before she arrived at the coffee shop. Remember, she workout like a jungle animal. This occurs three to five times a week. At 4 o’clock p.m., Linda is ravenous and mindlessly enjoys three heaping spoonfuls of peanut butter, a few handfuls of wheat thin crackers and many almonds. Once again, Linda worked out like a jungle animal. She deserves this food. Besides, she is in a caloric deficit for the day. Don’t forget, Linda worked out like an animal this morning. This too, happens three to five times a week.

Linda’s coffee shop snack could easily be 600 calories. Her 4 p.m. snack? An easy 800 calories. How many extra calories is this? 1400 calories you say? Listen, i was lousy at math and i hated story problems. This is a no-brainer!

We must change our thinking in order to change our behavior. You cannot have a food free for all even though you are working out and not expect to pack on the ugly pounds! You will get fat if this kind of attitude keeps up! Save yourself! Stop now!

Food journaling can be a very helpful tool. I am not a big fan of calorie counting, but it may be helpful while keeping a food journal for a short time. Exercise has many important health benefits. In most cases, exercise alone will not promote weight loss! You must be mindful of your food choices and portions! Check out our diet and nutrition department for helpful diet and nutrition suggestions.

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P.S. 1/3 of Americans are obese and another 1/3 are overweight, according to the FDA. I sincerely doubt their exercise regimen is making them all fat. Yours either, for that matter!

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