If I train enough surely I can eat what I like?
There is a common myth that if you train hard and long and frequently enough, you can eat what you like and won’t gain any extra weight.
The idea that you can simply offset the amount of calories you eat by doing the equivalent amount of exercise is hugely attractive. Just because the likes of Olympic swimmers and tour de France cyclists can eat around 10,000 calories a day and pretty eat much eat anything doesn’t mean that you can.
Unless you’re a full time professional athlete it’s pretty unlikely that you can hope to do enough to burn off everything you eat and eating the wrong things will make it less likely that you’ll even make it as far as the gym.
Quick pick me ups like fizzy drinks will make undoubtedly make you tired and carb based meals like white pasta or rice will leave you feeling lethargic and unlikely to exercise.
Try to go for protein packed options such as chicken, fish or even omelettes, that will fill you up without slowing you down and if you feel the need for a carb fix go for rye bread or even oatcakes.
It’s always about the energy in versus the energy out so always keep that in mind.
Have a great weekend, best wishes Garth
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