The Common Fat Loss Lie We Like to Believe As you go about your diet plan, there could be one fat loss myth that you’re falling for that is completely causing you to sacrifice your results. That myth? The fact that you can exercise off poor diet choices. Let’s look further at this so that we can set the record straight . The Myth This myth essentially states that if you exercise enough, you won’t have to worry about eating right . Indulged in some cake? Not to worry, an extra cardio session the next day will take care of that. Want some pizza? You deserve it because you’ve recently started training for a half-marathon. Feeling a little extra hungry today? Go ahead, indulge because you are so active, it’s more likely to turn to lean muscle mass. If any of these thoughts are going through your head, it’s time to rethink them before you end up gaining weight because of it. Why This Is Incorrect The problem with all this is that most people underestimate just how many calories they are consuming and tend to overestimate how much the exercise they do really burns. For instance, it’s very probably to take in around 600 calories in one slice of gourmet cheesecake. Some people may believe they can burn that off in about 45 minutes. Not so. Unless you are exercising very intensely, it’ll likely take a . If you are doing this each and every day, eventually all that exercise is going to take a toll on your body and you’ll wind up injured, burnt out, or both. This doesn’t even consider the fact that most people simply don’t have sufficient time in the day to exercise that much. If you must do two hours of exercise to burn off all the excess calories that you’ve consumed, something has to give. Eventually, you just won’t be able to keep up. And what’s worse is that you’ll have gotten into bad habits as far as your eating is concerned. What To Do About It So what can you do about this? First, recognize that you cannot out-exercise a bad diet. Making smarter diet choices is a must. Then note that this doesn’t mean you can’t ever indulge. Everyone should be able to eat a food they are craving every now and then. What it does mean however is that you need to practice moderation. You need to know that being active does mean you can indulge a little more often, but that you still cannot go crazy with this. When you approach this with the right mindset, you’ll find that you’re less likely to use exercise as a means of burning off food. Instead, you’ll simply see regular exercise as a means to help prevent weight gain when you do indulge on occasion. And then, you’ll be able to indulge guilt-free. You should never view exercise as a way to ‘undo’ food damage. That’s just another form of purging, which is setting you up for a path to an eating disorder. Instead, view exercise and eating healthy as a combined effort to a healthier life and a better body weight . This will help you keep a positive relationship with food and exercise for the long-haul. About the Author: FHMatch, all-in-one `Business in a Box ! If you're a professional this is for you, it’s always FREE to showcase your profile on FHMatch! Empowering professionals to engage, manage and grow their client base - everything you need to get started in 3 min or less. |Merchant Payments|Unlimited - No Fee Booking, Invoicing & Messaging| Showcase Photos & Videos, Subsidized Insurance|