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Now let’s hear from the man himself…Enjoy!Part 2: Energy Balance
At first glance, the term “energy balance” probably seems like a mysterious, unattainable thing. Some people refer to energy balance as input vs. output, or calories in vs. calories expended. I don’t like these terms as much, because it causes calorie counting obsession. Yes, calories are our main source of energy, but it’s nearly impossible to accurately measure how many we’re consuming and using. What causes the inaccuracy?
- Calorie Estimates: Even if you’re using a calorie tracker like MyFitnessPal, the actual calorie content of the food you eat can be hard to track. Your portion could be bigger, smaller, or you might have forgotten about that afternoon bag of M&Ms you snacked on. Your calorie intake could be off by as much as 20-30%. (Although I still suggest some clients to track their food intake for a short time, but for different reasons than to merely count calories).
- Exercise – How much do you burn?: The amount of calories you burn during exercise can be a shot in the dark guess. No two bodies burn the same amount of energy, even if they’re doing the exact same thing. Age, gender, genetic factors, fitness level, metabolic health, and nutritional intake can all affect how a person uses and stores energy from food. Remember, your body is constantly trying to balance itself in how it stores and expends energy.
Sure, all of this sounds complicated, and it is if you want to start crunching numbers and getting into really technical terms. But the good news is your body naturally knows what is best for itself. As long as you are trying to make the most of your exercise and nutrition while listening to your body, you will find a rhythm. Listening to your body is hard, I’ll be honest. Your body wants ice cream and pizza and delicious fatty foods…foods that we’ve been accustomed to liking that really aren’t good for our body.
You can argue just about anything in fitness and nutrition, but two things we know for sure:
- Exercise alone can’t shed body fat if you don’t adjust your diet, AND
- No matter who you are you NEED to exercise to maximize your healthy and body composition.
Aside from the physical and mental benefits of exercise (and there’s enough to fill a library), when you work out regularly, you naturally eat better too. You tend to make healthier choices when you just worked your butt off at the gym, because your body is craving the nutrients it just lost. Nutrients that can only be found in wholesome foods.
Side note: Be careful though – a hard workout doesn’t mean you get 3 slices of pie for dessert. That’s what we call the one step forward, three steps back approach. Going in the wrong direction and not going to work.
Remember how I mentioned our bodies are so accustomed to unhealthy habits? Well next I’ll be introducing you to my 10 week plan nutrition plan, which is all about helping you transition into healthy, lasting habits. Stay tuned!
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