Wednesday, August 19, 2009

I've known this for a long time

Last weeks TIME magazine cover story was called Why Exercise Won't Make You Thin. The article has three main points.
  1. Exercise makes you hungry so you eat more than you normally would (and often more calories than you just burned).
  2. Exercise makes you think you are entitled to treats. "I deserve this doughnut, I went to the gym this morning."
  3. Exercise makes you tired so you are less likely to move when you get home from the gym (as in less likely to take the stairs, go to the grocery store to shop for dinner, vacuum, rake the leaves, etc).
This information comes at a very interesting time in my life- day 14 of the 30-day shred. Pounds lost so far: zero. I'm five pounds shy of my pre-pregnancy weight and I was hoping Jillian could get me there. But, after reading this article, I realize why she's not. I am hungrier, so I often have seconds of dinner. I do think I deserve some cookies. And, I do move less because I can't go up the stairs anymore because I moved up to Level Two and my hammies are constantly on fire.

I've actually known about this for a long time. Back when I swam on swim team, I never lost any weight, despite the fact that I swam for two hours a day. Swimming for two hours every day burns a lot of calories and I was always starving when I got home so I ate... a lot. Then, when swim season was over, I would gain a few pounds because I was in the habit of eating when I got home from school and I had to train myself to remember that I didn't just burn 5,000 calories.

I'm not going to quit the 30-day Shred because I'm no quitter. But, I am going to give up on my expectations that it's going to help me lose that last 5 lbs... and probably try to cut back on my cookies consumption. But, not too much, because I deserve those cookies. Don't I?


Rileigh said...

I like you

Bridget said...


I exercise mostly so I can eat what I want. The quality of life and health, etc. are just bonus benefits.

heidi nielsen said...

I'm guessing you don't want to read a comment from a dietitian (since it would pretty much disagree with you), so I'm not going to leave one. Just know, it's very hard for me to walk away from this. I'm sad we didn't end up visiting Tucson in July so that you could meet Tyler's strange cousin who leaves comments on your blog. Good luck with the shred!

JesseJames said...

Very very true.

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