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Are You Trying to Out Train Your Diet?

Exercising just to have another drink at the bar? Here are a few reasons that might not be the best way to train.

By: Ilyse Rogozenski

Are you exercising so you can eat or are you eating so you can exercise? Believe it or not, there’s a difference. You see, fueling your workouts is important in order to function at your best, and that means eating the right amount of foods that support your hard work. However, if you are using exercise to justify eating anything and everything, all you’re really doing is spinning your wheels. And you’re probably getting frustrated with your lack of results after all of your hard work.

Too Much Food, Too Little Exercise

Unless you’re diligently tracking everything you eat and drink, you have no definitive way to figure out exactly how many calories you are consuming each day. Most people eat far more than they think. Every nibble, sip, and taste counts. And overeating refers to all foods—not just those deemed unhealthy. Yes, you can overeat healthy foods which is one way people overestimate their calorie consumption. They assume if it’s healthy, they can eat as much as they want.

Now, look at your exercise program. Do you know how many calories you’re burning when you exercise? You may have an estimate, but it’s just that—an estimate. Even the best fitness gadgets aren’t one hundred percent accurate. So now you’re overestimating how many calories you’ve burned and underestimating the amount of calories you’ve consumed.

Trying to Out Train Your Diet?

If you love to eat (and who doesn’t) by all means, go ahead and enjoy yourself. But understand that exercise should not be used as an excuse to eat more. You’ll never be able to out train your diet, and that shouldn’t be your goal anyway. But if that’s what you’re doing, it’s time to reevaluate your diet and exercise plan.

Think of it this way—if you are climbing up a flight of steps and you’re almost at the top, and then someone starts adding on more steps, you’re never going to reach the top. The same goes for diet and exercise. If you burn 500 calories while exercising, but then indulge in a 1000-calorie meal, what did you accomplish? If you’re trying to lose weight, this is not the way to do it and punishing yourself the next day by exercising longer or harder isn’t going to do it either—especially if you continue to overeat. This vicious cycle will continue unless you put a stop to it by being open and honest about what you want out of your exercise program and how your diet plays a part.

Balance is Key

You don’t have to stop eating everything, and you don’t have to kill yourself with exercise. There is a happy medium. Here are a few helpful tips to avoid feeling like a hamster in a wheel.

  • Look at food as the gas for your body’s tank. Fuel it with enough to get you where you need to go without overflowing it with too much.
  • Quality over quantity when it comes to exercise. It’s not about how long you exercise, but how hard you work. You can have a much more productive one-hour workout than a two or three-hour workout if you plan your program correctly.
  • Track your food. The best way to figure out how much you’re eating is to see it in front of you. Track your caloric intake for one week to get a better idea of how much you are really consuming and then adjust from there rather than just adding on more hours of exercise.
  • Exercise is not a punishment nor an excuse. This mentality will surely make you loathe exercise if you’re only looking at it as a negative. You should have a healthy relationship with both food and exercise.

The Bottom Line

FitOn has a variety of workouts that you can follow along with once a day that are highly effective in helping you reach your goals. You won’t feel the need to do endless programs once you’ve finished. Exercise should be something you look forward to doing that leaves you feeling good once you’re done. Keep that in mind, so you don’t eat away all your hard work!