According to the cover story in TIME magazine, exercise won't make you thin. SWEET! Time to throw away my new running shoes, and buy a box of donuts then! Right? The article explains that exercise actually makes us hungrier, so we eat more after than we would had we never worked out. Interesting...but I'm still not convinced.
I'm not a dietician, or a physician. I'm a runner. I'm a daily exerciser. I'm a personal trainer. On occasion, I'm a group fitness instructor. I'm a fit-me-blogger. And I'm a FIRM believer in using exercise as part of a weight management regimen.
It's true that I'm often hungrier after a strenuous workout. And yes--I probably eat more than I would have otherwise. And yes--I often feel entitled to a treat or two or four because I exercised. And yes--I probably often eat more than I actually expend calorie-wise. And yes--even with all the working out I do, I still have some pounds to shed that haven't come off since the birth of Baby #2.
But...I would NEVER give up exercise to solve my weight issues. Just as my body has slowly adapted to running long distances, I know I could train my body (and brain) to eat the right amount of food. I'm healthier, happier, have more energy, and avoid becoming Monster Mom with my regular workouts! And I have seen changes in my body that would NEVER have happened without exercise. So take that, TIME magazine. Don't believe everything you read!
How has exercise helped you in your weight management?