Fitness begins with food. Why? Because you can’t out train a bad diet.
When it comes to diet vs. exercise, you need both for best results.
I did my own experiment as well, so I could share my personal results. Here’s how it played out.
I spent 30 minutes on the rowing machine, doing some interval sprints to push up the calories I would burn. At the end of my workout, I had expended approximately 200 calories.
Just for the fun of it, I did 30 minutes on the stair-stepper another day. My arms were moving too so that I would use up even more of those calories I would be consuming later in the day. Once again, the result was about 200 calories expended.
The good news: If I eat one-half cup of ice cream, I only consume about 140 calories, depending on the flavor.
The bad news: When I do eat ice cream, I doubt it’s one-half cup…I’m being honest here. It’s probably more like one cup. YIKES! So much for my workout negating my splurge.
The BOTTOM LINE: Workouts are good for mental clarity, cardiovascular health, better mood, improving self-esteem, reducing stress, boosting your immune system, improving eating habits, increasing energy, and much much more! However, eating a treat or indulging in a big meal because you “earned” it, is setting yourself up for disappointment when you’re expecting a fat loss.
Coming up next week: Tips on how to manage the diet vs. exercise puzzle.
(Important Note: Do not begin a new exercise routine without first checking with your physician!)
“Just like keeping a healthy diet is important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, eating the right foods is just as important for getting the most out of your workout.”--Marcus Samuelsson