Sometimes I will go for a long run or push through an intense spin class and burn tons of calories.
And for the next 24 hours my appetite is huge.
But how many extra calories did I really earn?
I would prefer to not eat back all the calories I just burned, yet sometimes I actually eat back more than what I burned with extra snacks/meal additions alone.
Since losing weight is about a calorie deficit and maintaining weight is about balance, these little overages just aren’t going to work (on a daily basis… Christmas, weekends and birthdays are a different story!).
So let’s look at the numbers:
One hour aerobics= -422
One Starbucks Grande Mocha Frapp= +380 cal.
One hour cycling= -563
One extra serving pasta= +500
Numbers are just approximates to get us thinking…
My best trick to keeping crazy-exercise-appetite in control is eating slightly larger but balanced meals. A complete breakfast leaves me less likely to overdo it with the candy because I am just so hungry!
Sometimes it feels like we’ve earned a refreshing Frapp or a second helping of pasta, but what we’ve really earned is an overall happier and healthier self.