Thursday, July 14, 2011

Don't bargain for wellness


Have you seen this commercial: a lady is looking at cheese cake. She’s bargaining in her mind, thinking all of the things she could do to counter act eating that one piece of cake. Jogging in place for 10 minutes or maybe going up and down the stairs for half an hour. The list goes on…

Sound familiar? I think most of us have been there at some point. I have to admit, it’s been a really long time since I’ve done that, though. Why? It doesn’t work!

Let me break something down for you. Let’s take one small piece of cheese cake and let’s say it has 400 calories. If you eat that slice on top of your daily allotted calories because you plan on burning it off, you’ll have to do the equivalent of running 4 miles.

What if you go out to eat for that cake and decide to have some nachos and cheese before your meal, plus the cake at the end? We could be talking some extreme calories here, but let’s be conservative: 400 calories for your appetizer and 400 for dessert.

Be honest, are you going out for an 8 mile run after dinner just to ‘break even’?

I’m NOT telling you to cut out all desserts and appetizers. If you want that cheese cake, eat the cheese cake! Enjoy every delicious bite and don’t feel guilty. But work it into your allotted daily caloric intake. Don’t fool yourself into thinking you’ll do an extra 8 miles on the treadmill to burn it off! This mindset is outrageous, depressing and simply put; you will fail at your quest for wellness.

If you don’t know how many calories you need, there’s a great website that can help. http://www.choosemyplate.gov/

I’d like to leave you with one last thought; moderation is the key to success. In anything, including dessert or even exercise, moderation is key.