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Do You Work Out to Eat More?

Recently I was talking with DearSugar about how some people only work out just so they can eat whatever they want — kind of like what Gwyneth Paltrow says about her exercise routine. The whole idea got me wondering how many other people only work out just so they can eat whatever they want, whenever they want, and not pack on the pounds. So what about you? Do you work out just so you can eat more?


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inksee inksee 8 years
i DO work out to eat more, but usually after a workout i'm not craving for much.
itsallabouttheg itsallabouttheg 8 years
i work out so i can eat more, but in the context of weight-loss. it gives me quite a bit of wiggle room. plus, i don't know how i'd cut another 300 calories per day!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I work out so I can eat whatever I want, but it just so happens that "whatever I want" is usually very healthy. I don't eat a lot of fast food/junk food, but I do like to indulge in dark chocolate or a few handfuls of nuts as a treat every now and then.
Ikandy Ikandy 8 years
No matter how much I work out, my body type will never allow me to eat whatever I want, and keep the flab off.....
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
Taking my dog on long walks is my exercise. I watch what I eat.
JessicaLE JessicaLE 8 years
Amen Taadie. I don't know about the rest, but even if I work by butt off, there's no way I can eat whatever I want and keep the weight down. That's because quite often, whatever I want is junk!
Taadie Taadie 8 years
I work out to get my body in the shape that I want it in but I dont think there will ever be a point where I will work out so much that I will be able to eat anything I want. Plus Gwenyth says that but she is also on a macro food regimen so its not like shes eating tons of dominoes pizza or eating a wendys baconator every night before bed. I dont think I will ever be like the majority of people on this site where I dont enjoy the taste of pizza or a cheesesteak or curly fries or nachos because they are unhealthy. I love junk food but I am also learning portion control. I wont eat all those things in one day or without knowing the consequences it could have to my goals. I just do the best I can and know that if im eating pizza for lunch then im having salad for dinner.
ayuninur ayuninur 8 years
No. I don't work out, I just watch what I eat.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
I don't really have an interest in overeating in general and I've never thought of working out for the sake of being able to eat more. I do it to help myself lose a little more weight and to be in good shape in general.
pixelhaze pixelhaze 8 years
Well I mostly try to eat healthily, but if I'm having dinner with friends or something I'll probably go to the gym that morning so that night I can have whatever I want. But it's not like every single day I'm stuffing myself with hot dogs and chocolate . . . Then again that doesn't count as eating "whatever I want" because I wouldn't want that!
vitisva vitisva 8 years
If I'm going to be bad or have been bad I try to make up for my misdeeds.
tsp tsp 8 years
i work out AND eat right. BUT, if i know i'm going to have a big night out where i want a little more freedom to have a dessert or second glass of wine, i'll definitely bump up the intensity or length of my workout. i had one of those days this past saturday. i had reached a big personal goal and wanted to give myself the day off from counting calories. i threw in a little extra activity and ate/drank what i wanted. i will say i couldn't do that regularly, though--not just because i want to stay fit, but because, frankly, i just FEEL way better when i eat healthier.
alethia037 alethia037 8 years
I am one of those annoying people that can eat pretty much whatever I want and not gain more than about 10 pounds. I exercise to stay healthy and strong, and because I love to do it. I eat healthy because I hate the way unhealthy foods, like soda and fried foods, make me feel (not that I don't splurge and have that stuff every once in a while)
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i'm from the school of 'work out and eat healthy' - i feel like if you're using working out to justify eating like crap - then you can't really complain about not seeing the results that you're expecting. for myself - i work out a lot and i try to eat as healthy as i can - with the rare little treat.
Jyramiah Jyramiah 8 years
I don't work-out. I don't watch what I eat. I know the latter is unhealthy, but I am just a bottomless pit. And if I AM going to work-out, I eat so I can work-out longer. Odd, I guess.
mtiger mtiger 8 years
I'm losing weight right now, so I work out to burn more calories, not so I can replace them with food!
crazylovevbug crazylovevbug 8 years
I said yes, but the answer really is yes and no. I exercise five days a week and on those days I burn more calories than I do on my "rest" days. So I have to replenish those lost calories to continue maintaining my weight, not lose. Whenever I do eat more because of exercise it is always something healthy because that's just the way that I eat mostly.
zmajeva zmajeva 8 years
I was doing like that all the time in the past. But, every time I stopped with exercise, I would put pounds. So, now I'm more clever.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I'm with halfbakedjake on this one. I like working out for its other benefits, but not having to worry about calories so much is definitely a nice bonus.
deanna024 deanna024 8 years
I feel a combination of what other posters have said. I enjoy many of the healthy foods I eat, so choosing them over less healthy fare is often a no-brainer for me. Plus, you really can't eat whatever you want and exercise and be "healthy." There's still things like high blood pressure (from lot of sodium) and high cholesterol levels (from fatty foods) to worry about, even if you exercise. I also find that the statement is the opposite -- because I work out, I eat more! If I'd doing a lot of weight lighting or cardio, I need to eat more food just to keep my energy levels up, versus if I sat around all day. I notice that day when I really active, I eat a lot more that day or the next.
lydialee_home lydialee_home 8 years
Agree with halfbakedjake - I worked out caused I enjoy feeling strong and having toned muscle. Not worry about packing lots of calorie is simply a bonus. But I have to admit that - sometimes I will go for a long run on the day that I go for buffet (I don't like buffet that much, but kids really enjoy it)
anna_muffin anna_muffin 8 years
I enjoy how I feel during and after exercising, but sometimes I need extra motivation to go to the gym, for example, and being able to care a bit less about what I eat works very well. I try to eat healthy in general, because exercise won't compensate for bad nutrition, but I love baking and eating baked goods. Exercising allows me to indulge guilt-free from time to time.
sepiaraven sepiaraven 8 years
Kind of. I love to eat, but I also really enjoy exercise so I'm doing it for that reason, and to be strong, as well as that.
Tiger_Lily Tiger_Lily 8 years
Well, yes, that's part of the reason. But not "whatever I want", I eat healthy, but healthy foods also contain calories so..
chocolatine chocolatine 8 years
My favorite exercise is Pilates, which doesn't burn many calories, so I still have to watch what I eat. I don't mind it though - I've gotten so used to eating light that rich foods no longer appeal to me.
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