Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Exercise Shown Not to Rev up Metabolism: So be Careful What You Eat!

A study done by an exercise physiologist in Colorado and Duke University found that exercise doesn't significantly increase our metabolism after a workout, it only seems to increase fat metabolism during with no lasting effect. Therefore we need to be careful what we eat afterwards. A lot of folks, feel good that they worked out and may over eat feeling that exercise gives them a licence to do this.

Don't be disheartened however exercise is great for us and along with a balanced diet will lead to weight loss and maintenance of that loss.

Just some food for thought, keep a food diary of calories consumed and along side it record calories burned with activity,
Professor Melanson states that " If you exercise and replace the calories you burn, you're no better with regard to how much fat you burn than if you didn't exercise."

If calories burned equal calories consumed our weight stays the same, so enjoy a workout followed by a healthy portion controlled snack a piece of fruit, one cookie not 4! and only eat if your feeling hungry!


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  1. That's good to know. Technically I do something a little similar already, so I'm doing pretty good. So far...

  2. I didn't realize that!

    I have two sous chefs, 3.5 and 16 months...they are a handful!!

  3. "Eat only when you are hungry"-that's such a good point.The problem with most people is the 'mindless eating"!!
    Great info Reb-quite an eye-opener!!I know people think that just because they exercise-they can eat unlimited quantities of what they like!

  4. Thanks for passing on that evil information. At least metabolism increases while we are exercising.a

  5. Jenn: thats great
    Planitha: thanks
    Clam in the Kitchen: thats cute 2 little ones
    Girlichef: i know
    Sweta: wanted to make folks think we are all guilty of it though!
    Mary:I know
    check out the next post to raise your spirits


  6. I've made that mistake plenty of times! Hooray for myth busting.

  7. Interesting info, definitely something to keep in mind.

  8. You know its funny. I exercised a lot for a period of time. I have always been active. I have come to realize that my body adjusts rather quickly. So I am inclined to think that initially there is a burn or revved up metabolism but over the long haul, I think your body adjusts. So I totally think its about input- not so much output.

  9. spring girl: dont worry we are all guilty of it!
    5 star foodie: i know interesting
    Lori: I think your right its more about in put


  10. Good to know - sometimes, I feel so good after working out that I think I can afford to be a little 'bad'. But little things add up!

  11. Atleast fat metab. is up during a workout. Now, did this stufy only look at aerobic or anaerobic also? a combination?



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