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I Exercise So I Can Eat Whatever I Want

Dispelling a common notion...

Written by Wayne Larsen, Wellness Manager

Have you heard someone say this, or do you say it? Is it true? If you exercise every day could you eat whatever you wanted? I will break it down for you. Let's take a few of our favorite foods and see how they compare to exercise.

  • 1 slice of Dominos Pepperoni Pizza = Jogging on treadmill for 2.5 miles.
  • 1 (I like it Serving, 5oz) Cold Stone Cake Batter Ice Cream = Swimming laps for 30 minutes, non-stop.
  • 1 Sonic Drive-In Cheese Burger = Stair Climber for 60 minutes.

As you can see we can consume calories a lot faster than we can burn them. Exercise alone is inadequate for weight loss; you must cut calories from the diet as well. Don't get caught up telling yourself because you worked out today you can have that piece of cheesecake.

Combining exercise and lowering you calorie intake is an effective method. One pound of fat equals 3,500 calories, if you burn 500 a day in exercise and cut 500 calories from you diet, you would be at a 1,000 calorie deficit a day, equaling 2 pounds of weight loss per week.

I have one more for you; researches at the University of Virginia have determined it takes 250,000 crunches to burn 1 pound of fat. So if you did 100 crunches every day for 7 years you could burn one pound of fat. Start crunching today, or just stop eating those Crunch Bars.

Article Reviewed: July 25, 2012
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