Lately a lot of clients have been coming up to me explaining to me about these new apps in their phone which tracks food, calories and energy used and burned through daily activities and exercise. I think this is a great tool to become more aware of your caloric intake on the day and to become more aware of what exactly you are putting into your mouth on maybe a daily basis. (like what qualifies a vegetable or not) However there is one area of this program that I would like to “debate” so to speak and give you a little insight on. There is also an area on this program where you can track and log your exercise. Now I believe that all exercise is important and does in fact help you lose weight, but it does not serve as a purpose to eat more!!! I have had some people come up to me saying well I ran 3 miles and on my exercise tracker and food diary it now says I have 1600 more calories I can eat today!!! In my opinion this is where sometimes people who exercise- either gain weight or do not lose (no it isn’t due to muscle) .
85% of what you look like is what you eat. That 15% is exercise, yes if you exercise A LOT and really hard you can transform what you look like definitely, but the truth is there are 24 hours in a day and only realistically 1-2 can be spent exercising- the rest is the diet. So next time you track that food diary and exercise here’s some advice, either skip the exercise portion and just concentrate on the food, or log the exercise but just use it as a guide is to how many “extra” calories you burned and pat yourself on the back for that. Keep your food within your normal range whether it be 1300 calories or 2000- whatever works for you and then just know that every time you exercise you are helping those extra calories burn off- not using it alone to allow yourself more food intake on the day!!! Because the truth is Abs are made in the kitchen not the gym!!
By: Amy Jones
HealthPlex Fitness: The Functional Movement Experts.