Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Do properly-fueled workouts hinder weight loss results?

Last night's premiere of The Biggest Loser was quite the opening episode.

The Tuesday night show is shaping up to be another season filled with contestants' struggles, painful stories and ultimately, their completion of a major goal: losing a butt-load of weight.

It amazes me to think about the holistic lifestyle change contestants undergo. Many of the contestants lost up to eighteen pounds in only one week.

Trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels truly understand the keys to a worthwhile workout and subsequent weight loss.

Harper, 44, claims that the key to weight loss is to eat a pre-workout snack, as he suggested in the video of this Shine article.



The video and the article made me question: if you are trying to lose weight, will consuming calories in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner prevent you from weight loss?

While he suggests consume one hundred-calories snacks, at the end of the day, the handfuls add 700 additional calories at the least to your weekly allotment of calories.

The average 30-minute workout on a treadmill burns approximately 350 calories, and with the additional snack, an gym-goer loses some of their efforts spent on the track.

The extra snack may be the correct method for some exercisers.

However, Time Magazine's theory suggests that what you eat will affect weight loss more than hours spent regretting the super-sized meal had for dinner as a treadmill rotates underneath pounding Nikes.
Should dieters believe in the traditional "eat less and exercise more," or tack on an additional hundred calories or so each day in the hopes they will have more energy for their workouts?

*Side note: I am ALL for proper eating. However, I think that eating additional amounts of food, especially very large snacks, just to try to exercise in order to lose weight may not be the best practice. This is only my opinion. If you are exercising for recreational purposes and need a snack before a game, so be it. All I am saying is I believe that eating more to work out to lose weight may not be a successful expenditure for everyone, as I've learned from personal experience.

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