“Can I eat whatever I want if I exercise?”
Typically, when people ask this what they are truly asking is: “can I eat pizza and ice cream?”
If you are literally eating whatever you want with no thought to the portion sizes, total calories, etc., you are playing with fire.
At best you’ll maintain your weight. At worst you will gain weight, which goes against everything if the goal is to lose weight.
Bleh. No thanks.
It doesn’t take many calories to gain weight over time. Think about this…
Mr. Smith eats 50 calories over what his body needs to maintain his current weight. He does this for a full year. By the end of the year he will gain just a little over 5 pounds. Let’s say he keeps up with this trend for the next ten years. Theoretically, Mr. Smith should gain a little over 50 pounds…all from 50 calories.
It does not take many calories to put on the weight. This is why I advocate tracking your food for at least a week (the longer the better!) to get an idea of the energy being consumed on a given day. It will truly help to prevent overeating. Along with tracking, weighing your food comes in handy. A lot of times our portion sizes are incorrect, but a food scale can help to achieve better accuracy.
Back to the question. Can you eat whatever you want if you exercise?
Short answer: No, but you can be flexible.
For those of you who have been reading my posts you may recall me saying you can fit in a snack here and there throughout your week. I know you typically hear the opposite:
“Don’t stray from your diet!”
Being flexible with your diet (and not just eating “whatever you want”) will help to keep you sane, and also to keep you on track.
To do this successfully you need to be tracking your calories. And remember if you do fit in a snack, you have to do just that; fit it in. What do I mean? I mean fit it into your macros and calories. It shouldn’t hurt you from reaching your protein goals, and it should not bring you over your calories for the day.
Always strive to fill your macros with quality food.
When it’s Thursday and you’ve been good all week, and you just need that little bit of something...have it. Just work it in.
Heck. Jillian Michaels was once quoted saying she saves 200 calories in her daily allowance for dark chocolate.
Everything in moderation.
Keep up your hard work and remember to give it your best each and every day.
That's all for now.
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