It’s true, many people who start going to the gym to lose weight and get fit actually end up getting fatter than they were to start with. So, what’s going on?
It’s all about over-estimating the number of calories you have burned in a work-out, and how many calories are hiding within the treat you’ve eaten to reward your hard work. Quite often, it just doesn’t add up.
Take a look at these facts (we’re not really talking CrossFitters here, remember):
* Almost 40% of people actually burn less than 300 calories in each workout at the gym.
* Around 40% of people treat themselves to something naughty after a trip to the gym (I wonder if it’s the same 40%?).
* Exercise can make you feel hungry, which means that people often eat more than they ordinarily would
I think that one of the main problems is that people don’t actually realize just how few calories they are using up in an hour’s walk on a treadmill. It’s only around 200-300, depending upon your weight. Crank up the speed, and the calories increase to between 300 and 450. Unfortunately you need to burn 3,500 calories in order to lose around one pound of fat. So, when you consider the 440 calories in your favorite treat – a large double chocolate muffin for example – it’s easy to see how you haven’t quite reached the right balance. At best, you break even; at worst, you’re actually 250 calories worse off than before you pulled your sneakers on!
It is very important to remember that you do exercise and go to the gym to get fit. Losing weight depends largely upon what you pop into your mouth. It’s no good going to the gym just to try and justify your over-eating habits because that won’t work. The idea that you can eat whatever you like as long as you spend 20 minutes on an exercise bike three times a week is not true. You’re simply kidding yourself.
Do the right thing. Get moving, get plenty of exercise, and visit the gym from time to time if you choose, but don’t undo all of that hard work for a moment on the lips.