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Reminder: Exercise AND Eat Right

New research has found that when some people increase their physical activity, they also increase how much they eat. For those of us who have found ourselves starving after sweating our butts off at the gym, this new bit of research is hardly enlightening.

The issue is that if you don't watch what you eat, you won't reap all the benefits that you should be getting from all your hard work at the gym. So take this post as an opportunity to remind yourself to exercise and eat right. Doing one without the other is not nearly as effective as doing both combined. Keep in mind it really doesn't take that many calories to eat past the progress you made from exercising—exercise does not give us a license to eat an oreo pizza everyday for dessert.

Keep up the good work of working out and eating right and you'll be just fine!


Feesje Feesje 9 years
My filosophy up until now was: "I can eat this pizza, because I will run it off later" or "Man, that was a good work-out! Bring on the brownies!". So thanks for the reminder, Fit. I always forget that I have to pay attention to both.
Spectra Spectra 9 years's weird, but running suppresses my appetite for a good hour or so. I try to eat healthy and work out all the time, but if I eat Halloween candy or whatever, I'm not going to beat myself up over it. In high school, I always tried to lose weight by working out...I'd ride my bike for 10 miles or so, but I'd always more than overcompensate by eating more snacks and more at dinner. So I usually ended up gaining weight and tried to tell myself "it's muscle weight", but yeah, it was probably fat.
syako syako 9 years
Oh yeah - also if you're training for a marathon and logging tons of miles, chances are you're hungry because your body REALLY needs the food. Now that doesn't mean you should gorge on junk all the time, but you need to make sure that your body is getting enough energy (calories) to push itself through those long grueling training runs. But, sometimes we WAY OVERESTIMATE the calories we burn while working out. So make sure you use some fitness calculators like at to know how many calories you burned in your workout. (Like for me I'm small so if I run a mile I only burn around 70-80 calories, whereas other people can burn much more like 100 - so for a 4 mile run I'll only burn 280 calories while someone else would burn 400. thats a huge difference)
syako syako 9 years
I read somewhere that the best thing to eat after a workout is actually chocolate milk. How random is that? MMMM...but sounds delicious right? All the people asking for tips about after workout snacks - I love the salad while making dinner one!! - my suggestion for a more portable snack would be something like celery with peanut butter or apples with p.b. Reason for p.b. is because it has some protein in it and it has some healthy fats plus the fruit or veggies will have fiber which will fill you up more than other foods. Normally if I'm really hungry after a workout I'll eat a small banana - but I usually eat dinner within 45 minutes - 1 hour from the end of the workout so that's all I need to hold me over.
kristine13 kristine13 9 years
I like to keep almonds on hand. 10-15 almonds (depending on what kind you buy) have 100 calories, and they're a great source of energy and healthy fat. They're easy to eat on the way to or from the gym, and you're consuming protein, versus empty or more sugary carbs that come from other snacks, like a granola bar, or trail mix.
sparklestar sparklestar 9 years
OREO'S PIZZA? Gee whizz..
krampalicious krampalicious 9 years
this is definitely my biggest challenge. thanks for the reminder!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
I can be guilty of doing this, and I know that I've gone overboard when I don't feel well and have a hard time getting through my day. Kind of like these days, now that it's post-Halloween! So I'm being more careful now that we are reaching the delicate point around the holidays.
MissyE543 MissyE543 9 years
I eat so much when I get home too. Normally I get off work at 6 and eat a sandwhich on the subway home, then go right to the gym. I get home around 9 and make an egg white omelet, but sometimes I am still hungry so I end up munching away!
runnergeek runnergeek 9 years
yes this 100% pertains to me. everytime i marathon train i pig out! i run upwards of 100 miles per week and i feel that gives me license to eat oreo pizza/regular pizza/insert junk food here..i can out eat my boyfriend any day of the wk and he is a big boy! i have *tried* to control this, but sometimes i find it hard to! running makes me HUNGRY!!
jchrans jchrans 9 years
Here is my trick to satisfy my hunger the second I get in to my house after exercising: I make a huge salad with lettuce, onions, mushrooms, cucumbers, crackers and spray salad dressing. Then I munch on this while I'm making dinner. I find this helps because the salad is delicious and much more nutritious than digging in to a bag of potato chips.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
So true!!!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Yea I would like some good snack tips too because after the gym I am SOOOO hungry!!! :feedme:
EllaBella EllaBella 9 years
That reminder is really true. I find that I can sometimes overeat after exercising cause on a normal busy day I may have not been so good at scheduling meals according to my exercising time and end going to the gym a little bit hungry and go out of it starving. And that is when I make the worst food choices, right after my exercising!...
suzanne suzanne 9 years
Hi Fit :WAVE: Do you have any suggestions for a post-workout snack that I could nibble on while walking home. Something that might help me eat less once I hit the kithcen. I'm alaways ravenous when i get home!!! :FEEDME:
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I try and eat right all the time. Sometime I slip here and there but I also work hard at the gym so i an afford to have a few treats. An exaample could be last night. My bf and me were super busy so we just ordered some pizza and I had that for dinner. I was at the gmy for an hour before that, and I don't eat fast food like that very often, so I didn't even feel guilty about it :)
suheilly13 suheilly13 9 years
I eat dinner, and 45 minutes later I work out. That way I am not so hungy afterwards and I had energy to work out harder.
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