So I have a subscription to Fitness magazine. I like to read it in the bathroom. I'm not ashamed. You do it too. The bathroom is the only place us moms can justifiably lock ourselves in a room while our children scream and pound on the door and not have CPS called on us. Plus, you get to read. Score.
Anyway, while in the bathroom reading, there was an article about how working out can actually cause weight gain. So should we stop working out? A smarty pants at Harvard says no.
"No, but it's not a panacea for weightloss either, because it does increase your appetite. The food- exercise equation is imbalanced. It may take an hour to burn 500 calories but only five minutes to eat them back."-Kendrin Sonneville, R.D., a researcher at the Harvard School of Public HealthSorry fellow lazy asses-I was hoping for a get out of jail free card too. Actually, I'd still workout because I actually like it. And I think it makes me sane. Almost.
And then I read one thing that I've experienced over and over again. Exercise suppresses the appetite. Brilliant! Burn calories and eat less.
"But later that day, your body's hunger hormones can surge, making you want to eat. At the same time, your body's satiety hormones-the ones that signal that you're full-may decrease." -Barry Braun, Ph.D., professor of kinesiology and director of the Energy Metabolism Laboratory at the University of Massachusetts.
So that explains the Oh-My-God-I-Need-A-Paula-Dean-Meal break down about 3 hours after a long run. And I can't stop eating.
On regular workout days:
- Take a few bites of an energy bar before or during workout
On intense workout days (more than 60 mins):
- Focus on carb rich foods (not garlic bread) the meals before. So if you're running 10 miles at 7am tomorrow morning. Eat some whole wheat pasta with chicken and a sweet potato and your body will use it to push through the run.
- Bring along some electrolytes along for the post 60 mins. Gatorade or Gummy chews.
And if I'm running 10 miles and gaining 10 lbs- I'll be one very Grumpy Jen. And you don't want a Grumpy Jen.