When Eating and Exercise Habits Don't Work

When Eating and Exercise Habits Don't Work

Your diet and exercise must complement each other. It's impossible to sustain a diet that makes you consume 800 calories in a day with an intense workout session.

Exercising with no energy will make you hate it and eventually discourage you from doing it again. Instead, pick a workout routine or a sports goal and meet with a dietitian to customize an eating plan that will complement your lifestyle.

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Going Overboard With the Energy Bars

Energy bars are designed to refuel the body during workouts that last longer than 60 minutes. These are usually high in calories that can range from 350-500 calories, but people don't see them as actual food, therefore, grabbing "an actual meal" after the workout.

Use your calorie intake wisely and opt for natural food instead. Focus on fruits, vegetables, and grains for carbs; poultry, fish, and red meat for protein; and nuts and avocados for fats, these have more vitamins and nutrients.

Adopting Diets Off The Shelf

We see many celebrities go on these "diets" and think to ourselves that it could work for us. However, these diets are only effective on a short-term basis, they're usually hard to follow and you'll eventually gain the weight back.

Adopt an eating plan you can afford. It is important to have a healthy relationship with food instead of a fear-based one.

Those who eat what they want with guilt tend to have less control over their eating habits than those who eat to celebrate.

Overcompensating For The Burned Calorie

Many people, as studies suggest, tend to eat more when they exercise because increased activity makes them hungrier or they feel entitled to a reward after a tough workout. To get through this mindset, before your workout, make a post-workout snack that you can easily grab after like a piece of fruit or fat-free yogurt.

Make your calorie burn a fun activity that makes you want to go do more. When you dread to do something, you're more likely not to do it again.

Doing Too Much Too Soon

When we start our diets we tend to get excited about counting calories. It's not far off that we also overexercise but undereat.

Having a habit as such is unsustainable in the long run. You won't be able to manage your diet because of the excessive restriction we place on ourselves.

Baby steps are more effective. Make small dietary changes at a time and allow yourself time to adjust before making another change.

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