When I was training for the Chicago Marathon, I read a book that specifically focused on nutrition for marathon runners.
There was an entire chapter devoted to the fact that some marathon runners GAIN weight because they justify everything they eat by the fact that they are running so many miles a week.
Talk about an unhealthy relationship with food and exercise…
As a society, when did we start believing that we DESERVE to eat chocolate or drink wine simply because we exercised?
Or, when did we start viewing exercise as a PUNISHMENT for eating a cheeseburger or pizza?
No matter how hard you try, exercise alone will not help you lose weight. You must create sustainable nutrition habits that teach you how to eat nutritiously most of the time while still enjoying life’s indulgences.
Exercise and food are two INDEPENDENT parts of the healthy life equation.
Exercise keeps our hearts, lungs, bones, and muscles strong... it isn’t a tool that’s meant to justify what you eat.
In a similar way, you DESERVE to eat chocolate, pizza, or burgers occasionally only simply because you WANT it... Not because you “earned” it with exercise.
Do you agree with me?