Archive for May, 2010

Time magazine says exercise makes you fatter?

11 May

Who’s to blame when I eat the entire tub of ice cream?  Who’s to blame for me missing my workout today?  As much as I love to make excuses, deep down I know it’s my own fault.  I am the only that can be held accountable for my actions.

Fitness TimeAccountability is one of the main reasons people fail in their weight loss journeys.  It’s easy much easier for you to justify a snickers bar or a missed exercise to yourself than it would be to someone else.  Don’t believe me?  Time Magazine recently released an article titled “Why Exercise Won’t Make You Thin.” Have you ever heard something more ridiculous?

Says Time “The basic problem is that while it’s true that exercise burns calories and that you must burn calories to lose weight, exercise has another effect: it can stimulate hunger. That causes us to eat more, which in turn can negate the weight-loss benefits we just accrued. Exercise, in other words, isn’t necessarily helping us lose weight. It may even be making it harder.”

Basically they are saying that because you worked hard for 45-60 minutes that you feel like you deserve a reward.  This leads to an endless cycle of exercising followed by eating too much and therefore never losing any weight.  However, if you find a way to hold yourself accountable for what you eat and not justify eating that doughnut after your workout, you will find weight loss success.

So how do you hold yourself accountable?  There are tons of options:

Join an online community: Thousands if not millions of people are trying to lose weight.  Share your experiences and goals with them.  They will help you stick to your plan.

Yell it from the mountain top: Tell everyone you know about your goals.  If you tell 50 people that you are going to lose 20 pounds over the next two months you will be less likely to eat that leftover cake before going to bed.

Keep a journal or logbook: Do it on paper or online.  Places like fitday and allow you to track exercise, calories and tons of other things.  Get super specific or keep it simple.  As long as your doing it every day it adds a level of accountability to your journey.

At the end of the Time article the author states: “I love how exercise makes me feel, but tomorrow I might skip the VersaClimber — and skip the blueberry bar that is my usual postexercise reward.”   Why not do the exercise, and then skip that blueberry bar.  Hold yourself accountable and watch the pounds melt away!