Many people make the huge mistake of eating excess calories because they are working out. This is a surefire way to completely sabotage your weight loss efforts. If you are exercising because you want to maintain your weight, or lose weight, then you need to monitor and control the amount of calories you are eating.
You will burn more calories on days that you exercise, unless you spend more time resting because of your exertion. This is one mistake people make when they exercise, they assume they are burning more calories without actually knowing how many they burning. In fact, unless they are regularly journaling their food intake they probably have no idea how many calories they are really eating.
This can set you up for disaster. This is especially true if a person is “rewarding” themselves for their hard work with extra food. If you are exercising to maintain your weight it is fine to eat the extra calories that you burn, but you need to know how many calories you burn. If you are trying to lose weight then you need to use your exercise to create a calorie deficit.
There are calorie calculators out there that can estimate how many calories you burn per day based on your base metabolic rate (BMR) plus your level of activity. Read more about BMR at freeyourwild.com website. You can also purchase monitors that track your movements and give you and even more exact idea of how many calories you are burning during the day.
Once you know how many calories you are burning you should start tracking your calorie intake. You do this by keeping a food journal. This can be as simple as writing down how many calories you eat in a notebook or using one of the many online calorie tracking journals. These journals are most effective if you weigh and measure out your portions.
Exercise is good for your health and for your waistline, but it does not a give you the right to go on free-for-all eating frenzies. Track what you eat and be honest. Do not overeat as a reward for exercising. It is okay to have a treat every now and then, but do not eat all of the calories you burn exercising unless you are already at your goal weight. You can eat a nutritious diet, exercise regularly and live a healthy lifestyle.