You Cannot Out-Exercise an Unhealthy Diet

Posted 04/04/2012 | By HealthCorps

Exercise is a huge component of “energy balance,” meaning that in order to avoid gaining weight you need to burn the same amount of calories as your food intake. In order to lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you eat. A lot of “dieters” get caught up in trying to exercise “enough” to burn off the excess calories they may binge on, or to counteract any over-eating experiences.

Most experts will tell you that in most cases your eating will overtake your exercise efforts because it gets too hard to keep up with high calorie eating, unless you are an elite athlete with a very rigorous daily training program. Most of us average folk, need to learn to be mindful and focus our eating habits on portion control and healthy choices and then burn enough calories to maintain that fine balance between “energy in and energy out.” Exercise helps, but it cannot outpace “out of control” eating.

So daily exercise and then additional physical activity throughout the day will boost your health in a variety of ways, and help you to avoid weight gain. It will not however, give you license to eat without regard to calories or for that matter, food quality.

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