Weight Control Secret: Energy Balance
Learn how to balance calories in with calories out
Calories and Exercise continued...
Exercise is a critical part of weight control and good health, but the truth
is that, at least for some people, it can also send your appetite into
overdrive. Don't fall into the trap of thinking that exercising gives you
license to scarf down cheeseburgers and donuts. The trick is to ease your
hunger with satisfying foods that taste good and are low in calories.
It's also a good idea to fuel up before your workout. Go for healthy,
balanced snacks that include lean protein, complex carbs, fiber, and/or small
amounts of fat (try whole-grain cereal with berries and low-fat milk; half a
whole-grain bagel with peanut butter and banana slices; a smoothie made with
low-fat yogurt, fresh fruit, and orange juice; or brown rice and steamed
veggies sprinkled with a little cheese).
It's also important to stay well hydrated so you won't mistake thirst for
hunger. It's easy to overindulge in sports drinks and fruit juices that satisfy
thirst but can add lots of extra calories. Try good old-fashioned water to
quench your thirst before and after your workouts.
If you don't exercise each day, eat a little more on the days you work out
and less on days you are less active. Some people complain they eat more on
those less active days simply because of boredom. Instead of reaching for
something extra to eat, lace up your sneakers and take a walk!