‘The Little Things That Make a Big Difference’ is an article series outlining weight loss and diet interventions that may seem insignificant, but can make a huge difference to the success of your diet plan.

How much to eat while exercising

One of the strangest ideas about dieting and weight loss is that we should ‘eat more’ if we’re exercising…

We’ve discussed this before, but if you’re trying to LOSE weight then the first thing you should do is LOSE calories. Eating more because you go to the gym is really poor logic in this case.

You should be eating BETTER calories. Ones that support your exercising efforts (clean protein, and nutrient-dense vegetables), but you definitely shouldn’t be eating MORE calories if your ultimate goal is weight loss.

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But there’s a situation that’s even worse than this. Some people who are on diet eat extra calories because they’re ‘going to the gym’, and then they don’t go to the gym.

I think we can all see the problem here

But in case it’s not completely obvious to everyone, eating extra is bad if you’re on a diet. But if you go to the gym, you’ll burn a few of the extra calories – not enough to justify it, but a few. Eating extra calories and NOT going to the gym means you are just doing exactly the opposite of a diet. You’re making yourself fatter.

So here’s the bottom line. If you’re eating extra because you’re going to the gym later, then you better make sure you actually get in that gym door. Otherwise you’re just kidding yourself.



Take a look at the articles below for more information on the little things that make a big difference to your weight-loss goals:


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