By Kelsey Fields
One of the best presents I ever received was last Christmas when my very sweet husband got me an Apple Watch! Okay maybe it was obviously clear I wanted this watch for my running training, and maybe I picked out the exact band and color and placed it in his Amazon cart, but that’s neither here nor there. Anyway, ever since then I have been uber aware of how many calories I burn each day. The Health App uses data obtained through my watch’s heart rate monitor and keeps a daily track of my calories burned.
Let me break it down for you. I have an average burn of 2400 calories (1750 resting calories and at least 650 active calories) . In other words I could eat at least 2400 calories a day and not gain any weight. That’s the equivalent of 3.5 slices of pizza at breakfast lunch and dinner. That’s a lot of pizza. Wait, no, that’s just enough pizza. So how is it I am STILL trying to say goodbye to my last 8 lbs from Micky, and despite Nike telling me I can, I just can’t do it? The answer is simple…
You can’t out-train a bad diet. You get fit in the gym, but you lose weight in the kitchen.
Ya’ll I eat. I eat a lot. I have the bottomless stomach of a growing teenage boy coupled with the willpower of my father-in-law in a farm supply store. Not a good combo. I’m not one of those people who say that and orders a side salad without dressing at dinner. I’m the person who can easily down a double cheeseburger and fries in one sitting and finish with a Sonic Blast for dessert. Don’t believe me? Ask my best friend Kayla. She never ceases to be impressed with the volume of food I can eat in one sitting.
Dr. Timothy Logemann, medical director of Aspirus Ideal Weight Solution says, “People always look at us like we have three eyes when we say we don’t really care about exercise. To lose weight, you need to change your diet. Exercise is a good tool to maintain weight loss and we encourage exercise. But this idea if you can’t exercise, you can’t lose weight is bad.”
Mind. Blown. Okay, not really, I’ve heard this about a million times in my life but I’ve never really believed it… until my aging metabolism kicked me in the face and forced me to open my eyes. I cannot continue to kill myself in Insanity workouts only to come home and binge on ice cream in bed and still see results.
I’ve come up with a method to make myself more cognizant of the choices I am making in the kitchen. Before eating anything I ask myself two questions:
- Why am I eating? I eat because I’m hungry, to fuel a particularly hard workout, and during stressful situations. Am I reaching for that carton of ice cream at 11 P.M. because I want to fuel my morning workout? Nope. Am I hungry? Nope again. I go for it because I’ve had a hard day and I just want to unwind with a little Rocky Road and the Bachelorette. Well, that bad habit has got to go. To curb eating out of stress and boredom, I’ve made a strict rule of no eating after 7 P.M. Let’s be honest, we are supposed to eat to fuel our bodies, and your body simply doesn’t need any fuel at the end of the day when it’s relaxing and getting ready for bed.
- How will this make me feel after I’m done eating? Will eating this make me feel guilty? Will I regret it? Will I really only be able to eat one bite of that donut without going back for 2 or 3 more? And after I eat 2 or 3 more will I feel bloated, cranky, and have spiked up blood sugar? Will it be worth it to feel that badly? I think you guys know the harsh reality. 30 seconds of donut bliss is not worth 5 straight minutes of burpees. It’s just not.
After asking myself these two questions I can get a firm grip on whether this food should make its way into my mouth. Usually if I do have to ask myself those questions I know I just don’t need it.
At the end of the day, consistent sweat sessions are a key factor in staying in shape and maintaining fitness and overall health BUT a healthy diet is what drives weight loss. So step away from the macaroni and cheese, eat a few hard boiled eggs, and handle it.
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Kelsey is a stay-at-home mom and just recently completed her degree in elementary education. She is a Beachbody certified Insanity instructor, avid runner and yoga enthusiast.
When she is not working out, you will find her cheering on the Denver Broncos, substitute teaching and spending time with her family. She is wife to Blake and mom to busy 2 year-old son Max and soon to be one-year-old, Mick.