Friday, August 22, 2008

When it comes to calories, we are all pretty misinformed!
How clueless are we?

1. According to exercise physiologists, people WILDLY overestimate how many calories they burn during exercise. Many people don’t pay attention to the information that’s often provided on the machines in front of them at the gym. You must input your weight to get the accurate amount of calories burned - and to be fair, you really should subtract the number of calories you’d burn doing nothing for that same period of time (about 50 - 100 calories per hour, depending on your weight and other factors).
2. Exercise makes people HUNGRY. And since people often think they’ve burned more calories than they really have, they can end up consuming more calories than they’ve burned! So don’t use a workout as an excuse to pig out. Bad idea. BTW, studies have shown that exercisers overeat the most after a swimming workout. Interesting.
3. Most people grossly underestimate how many calories their meals contain, especially when dining out. Couple that with them overestimating how many calories they’re BURNING, and there’s a recipe for disaster!
Be careful out there, people!

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