Are you consuming more calories after your workout than you think?

The more I work out at the gym, the more I want to go.  A brisk daily walk is just as rewarding; after all, it has been part of my routine since January 2001.  But not that long ago, decided that I wanted to try something more and I found that going to the gym was exactly what I needed.

I found something else out as well, working out at the gym makes me hungry.

Walking doesn’t have a tendency to make me hungry. But when I’m finished working out at the gym, I’m pretty sure that fellow gym members can hear my stomach’s symphony of growls from the other side of the floor. From what I’ve read the past few weeks, I know I’m not alone.

My solution for my little hunger issue is pretty simple.  I enjoy a 6 oz. container of my favorite flavor Greek yogurt and a 12 oz. bottle of water.  This solution works great for me.  The remainder of my day is pretty routine after that; I don’t make any drastic changes to my normal eating habits.  Of course, most individuals don’t use the same solution as I do because our eating habits are as unique as we are.

Some folks have found their new workout routines have created some major changes in their daily eating habits. Exercising at the gym allows them to feel as though they’ve earned the right to eat more, and in some ways they have. But unfortunately they are consuming more calories than they burned during their workout; often a substantial amount more.

One complaint I’ve been hearing is from people are gaining weight instead of losing it, sometimes up to 7 lbs per week!   It’s confusing and makes a person wonder why it’s happening?

One thing to remember that each pound equals 3,500 calories.

If you work out for 30 minutes at the gym, you are probably burning a few hundred calories, not the thousands some think they are burning.

The Harvard Medical School gives some ideas of estimated calories burned by performing popular workouts at the gym:  

“Vigorous biking is the best calorie-burning exercise, with 391 calories expended by a 155-lb. person. The same person jogging on an elliptical trainer burns 335 calories, while rowing at a moderate pace burns 260. Vigorous weightlifting causes you to use 223 calories, but increasing your pace during a circuit training lifting session leads to a loss of 298 calories.”

Remember, if you are focusing on losing weight, you need to know how many calories you should be consuming.

Working out at the gym may cause a little hunger, but please snack on healthy items to curb your increasing appetite. Before you know it you’ll be noticing some amazing rewards, like a smaller jean size!

Photo credit: Premshree Pillai

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  1. I go to spin class at Go Cycle in Royal Oak with a friend. She stops eating at noon, and our class is at 6:30 p.m. Every week she is hungry after class. We find a spot nearby to eat and chat. Now I’m even more motivated to go because I look forward to checking out a new restaurant each week, and catching up with my friend.

    1. Angela,

      Thank you for visiting and for your comment. It sounds as though you and your friend have come up with a healthy routine that works for both of you, I love it!

      You are exercising together, discovering new places in the Royal Oak community, enjoying a nice meal with a friend and having a lovely conversation with her as well … can you ask for much more?! I may borrow your ideas and do the same here in Southwest Michigan – it sounds like great fun.

      Please keep me updated on how your spin classes are going along with restaurant suggestions that you would like to share with others in the Royal Oak area.

      Hope to hear from you soon ~ Jodi

  2. Wow! I sat here with my mouth open as I read this article. This described my behaviour to a tee. I work out at least 3 to 4 times a week and as soon as I am done I want to eat. Normally I try and grab a protein drink, but lately it’s been something fast, as in fast food and I know that’s defeating my purpose. Thanks for the eye opening reminder. Sometimes you just have to see it in writing for it to hit home.

    1. Cee,

      Thank you for visiting and for your comment. I am glad that my article was “an eye opener” for you … it’s a great reminder for all of us, me included.

      It’s not uncommon to be extremely hungry after working out, as we both realize. Protein bars, Greek yogurt, fresh produce or other healthy food options are what make the most sense to me after time spent at the gym. As you mentioned: fast food after a work out is most likely defeating the purpose.

      Keep up the great work as you continue to work out at the gym 3-4 times per week. I love that you are focusing on a healthy lifestyle – you’re AWESOME!

      Please visit again soon!


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