According to new research, those who exercise as a means of losing weight, may end up undoing some of their hard work by eating too much at mealtimes.
Researchers at Pennington Biomedical Research Center followed 324 post menopausal women who were overweight, or obese.
The women were prescribed various amounts of exercise and advised not to diet.
After six months they found that:
- Those who exercised on average 73 minutes a week lost about 3 pounds.
- Those who exercised on average 136 minutes a week lost a little over 4 pounds.
- Those who exercised 190 minutes a week lost about 3 pounds (they should have dropped around 6 pounds), some of the women admitted that they were eating more.
Timothy Church, director of preventive medicine research at Pennington Biomedical Research Center commented,
Some people think the exercise gives them carte blanche to eat what they want, it doesn’t take that many calories to overcompensate for the gains they made through exercise.
So, what can we learn from this study?
Well, this proves the benefit of exercise as a means of weight loss.
However, the main message is a reminder that exercise and eating well go hand-in-hand.
If you are following an exercise program, it’s important to eat healthy, balanced meals, too, otherwise you could undo much of your hard work with unwise food choices.
Tell us — have you ever caught yourself eating much more than normal after a good workout?