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Increasing the Frequency of Workouts to Eat More

Do Your Workouts Increase After Indulging?

A friend of mine has a simple equation for eating what she wants and staying in shape: workout intensity directly correlates to the number of indulgent meals she's eaten that week. A late-night pizza craving means she's choosing spin class over the elliptical, and a dinner out with the girls equates to an extra yoga class that week. While not totally the same, it reminds me a little of Gwyneth Paltrow; the actress says that she works out every day in order to eat whatever she wants.

Do you engage in an equal exchange program — will work out for food?

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amber512 amber512 5 years
I used to, but I find that I become quite obsessive about it. I don't like viewing exercise as "punishment" for my eating. I should be doing it for the healthy benefits it gives me, not because I have "been bad." I feel I have a much healthier outlook now.
AlexisSF AlexisSF 5 years
for sure!
Spectra Spectra 5 years
I don't really indulge, per se. Instead, I work out every day and indulge a little bit each day. It helps to keep me on track and I don't feel guilty about missing a day of exercise.
WarEagleNurse WarEagleNurse 5 years
No
le-romantique le-romantique 5 years
TADOW took the words out of my mouth. I don't exercise obsessively, but I do run or bike 4-5 days a week because I LOVE it... I don't really care to have a "goal" weight or anything like that and my relationship with food is healthy. Katerkins last sentence sums up my relationship with exercise and eating.
Katerkins Katerkins 5 years
I do this to an extent. I try not to worry about splurging too much, I know that a treat here and there is not going to be the end of the world. I work out about 4 or 5 times a week anyway, so sometimes if I overindulge, I'll swap yoga or strength training for a good calorie-burn session. Otherwise I just try to eat what makes me feel good, while I work out to feel energized, healthy, and happy.
TADOW TADOW 5 years
No, absolutely not. I find that to be really unhealthy. I used to do it and it just created a messed up relationship with food for me. I run every other day and bike, swim or do yoga on the days I don't run. I eat a vegetarian/mostly vegan diet. If I miss a workout or don't eat particularly healthy say for a special occasion, I don't "double up" by working out harder or eat ridiculously more strict than normal. Doing so is in a way exercise bulimia and it mentally associates good eating and exercising with punishment. Continuing with a good diet and exercise as if you never skipped a beat has more long term benefits. You may gain a pound in the short term (or not), but in the long run the consistency will lead to an overall healthy weight and good habits for the rest of your life.
trinachka trinachka 5 years
If the bottom line is that, to lose weight, you have to expend more calories than you consume, then yeah. But then, I would qualify that by adding that I'd compensate for indulging also by watching my portions for the actual indulgence (no indiscriminate pigging out) as well as go back to eating healthfully afterward. And beforehand, if I anticipate indulging (like for a holiday or party).
2muchtv 2muchtv 5 years
NO! I eat healthfully most of the time, and an indulgence isn't going to make or break me. If I slip by not exercising for a few days, or if I indulge a bit on the weekend, it's OK, since overall I'm good. It's just not worth stressing over. What I do instead is compensate for the indulgence by pushing it out with veggies. All those calories, I figure my body is going to expect some type of nutrition from it.
ameeliuh ameeliuh 5 years
Yep, I use hardcore workouts as a way of making restitution for eating something less than healthy. I know I can have a brownie if I really want one, but I also know its going to take me 45 extra cardio minutes to burn it off. I also will cut back on calories on other meals or days to sort of head off any damage the indulgence may have done. Works for me!
TheLittleMonster TheLittleMonster 5 years
Funny that I should see this now, because I just got back from the gym where I ran at slightly higher intensity hoping I'd burn more calories to fit in the pumpkin ice cream I plan on having later...
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