Weight Loss: Eating vs Exercising

It is a New Year and without a doubt everyone’s first resolution is to loose weight and ‘get in shape’. For the first month of the New Year the gyms are packed with people, but by the beginning of March or April many have alreadwexercise_0817.jpgy inadvertently given up exercising and dieting due to the never ending circumstances of a busy lifestyle. In the back of our minds the desire to be 10-pounds lighter remains; a persistent reminder to try and not eat the donuts in the break room and do some exercise sometime…next weekend.

In an article by Ben Bloom in Time Magazine the topic of gym memberships, constant exercising, eating, and growing obesity rates was discussed. The author was hypothesizing gymgirl-300.jpgon an idea that when you go to the gym and exercise furiously you become hungry and end up eating more.  This phenomenon of rewarding ourselves is understandable and physiological in that when you start exercising and burning calories your body yearns to replace those lost. Calories mean energy and your body needs the energy to perform for you. When you don’t have your normal energy your body will stimulate hunger, and thus you eat more. ethical_wideweb__470×3290.jpgThis is not to say that you should not exercise because there is no doubt that exercising will help keep some extra weight off and protect us from chronic diseases. But what it comes down to is the basics of what we eat in conjunction to the exercise.

The general food tip is this: high fiber foods, whole grains, fresh fruits and veggies, lean meats, low fat dairy. Try to eliminate baked goods, white breads and pastas, packaged snack foods, candies, non-diet soft drinks. While at the gym try to drink lots of water and avoid sports drinks that can have high calorie counts.

The article is extremely interesting and has a lot of potential for others to learn how to balance food intake and exercise. Click here for link to Why Exercise Won’t Make You Thin