Something caught my eye recently when I was online doing some research.
I came across an article that screamed “Exercise may make you gain weight”
Now you and I both know that that’s a load of BS, but let’s see what they found in their research.
So let’s dig into it today.
A study from Loughborough University in England reckons that people can eat a quarter more food after a workout than they otherwise would have.
And chocolate consumption went up 20% in women after workouts.
Because they deserve it – on both fronts.
That was the reasoning anyways from the participants.
Let’s dig deeper.
Now, I’ll concede they have a point to a degree – some people can eat more after a workout – and use it as a justification to eat things that they normally wouldn’t.
But here’s the big thing they missed and a massive flaw in the study.
(Apart from the small sample size of only 40 people).
The only exercise they did was an aerobics class three times a week.
There’s your flaw.
They didn’t do any resistance training.
Sure, the old Olivia Newton John aerobics workout might have got the old heart pumping, but there was nothing resistance based.
And if you are looking to lose weight, you have to be doing some form of resistance training.
Whether that be via bodyweight workouts or by using weights like resistance tubes, bands, dumbbells, kettlebells etc.
I don’t know why anyone involved in this study didn’t point this out.
So take that study with a grain of salt and another reason to not believe everything you read in the media when it comes to most things – especially health and fitness.
Yes, you still have to watch what you eat when you work out,
but common sense would tell us it doesn’t give us the green light to eat whatever you want.
As you may well have found out previously if you ever tried to do that exact thing back in the day.
The thing that I find, and a lot of DPMers find as well, is that when you work out you are more conscious about your choices of what goes in your mouth outside of your cheat meals.
Cause you don’t want to undo the hard work you’ve done.
PS – Get your Short ‘N Sweet book copy to help you with these workouts before they’ve sold out and you have to resort to buying off Amazon and waiting for ages for delivery.