We have all said or heard someone say, ” I will burn this off later” as a way to compensate for consuming unhealthy meals. Hey, at one point in our lives we have all justified eating that burger and fries by promising we will do more cardio or workout harder the next day, so let’s not get judgmental.
The next time you are about to eat that unhealthy item, ask yourself are you being kind to your body by what you are about to eat.
On a more serious note, from an energy standpoint, yes, one may consume an unhealthy meal and burn the calories off, but from a health standpoint, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Consuming unhealthy meals, consisting of high amounts of sodium, sugar and saturated fat on a regular basis can lead to weight gain, diabetes, hypertension and other health issues. Although one may put in 5 extra miles to burn off her 900 calorie cheat meal, cholesterol, sugar and sodium remain in the her blood stream. After days, months and years of playing this eating exercise cycle, one’s health eventually begins to become affected.
So how can you avoid this vicious cycle of eating what you want and exercise more to burn off the calories?
- BE MINDFUL: Be mindful that you are what you eat. If you eat a fatty burger and fry, that fat doesn’t leave your body.
- SEE YOUR BODY IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT: Your body is a temple that deserves to have high quality healthy food put into it. Therefore before you eat something, ask yourself if you are treating your temple with respect by eating what you are about to eat.
- ALLOW YOURSELF TO EAT WHAT YOU LIKE: Being healthy isn’t about deprivation, it is about moderation. If you enjoy a hamburger, have a burger once a week, but not on a daily basis. If or when you have a burger don’t try to exercise to make up for it. Exercise should be a regular part of your life whether you eat a burger or not.
- PLAN AHEAD: Before you leave home always have healthy meals and snacks available. This will lessen your chance of having to stop at a fast food restaurant to eat. Preparation plays a major role in weight loss and weight management.
- DRINK UP: Drinking water before, during and after your workouts will keep you full and assist you in not consuming too many calories during the day. Having a sense of satiety (being full) will lessen your need to fill up on fast food and unhealthy snacks.
We exercise because it is a healthier life style and not in order to make up for unhealthy meals we have eaten. The next time you are about to eat an unhealthy food, try asking yourself if you are being kind to your body by what you are about to eat. If the answer is “ No”, then simply make a healthier choice.
Remember your health is your wealth and you are the investor.