I’ve heard from person after person: it’s not the workout, it’s what you eat.
That wasn’t so true back when I was working on Capitol Hill in the '90s. I could run around Lincoln Park (not the band) for an hour, hork down a lot of garbage (disguised as food) and still lose weight.
As long as I ran. As long as I had plenty of cardio, I could eat whatever I wanted. And I could treat beer like it was food, as my former boss used to say.
That changed over time. A decade later, when I ballooned up to my world record weight of 249, there was no way I could dump the lard even with monstrous
-type workouts. Even though I was a cow, I could still do a 10k. But, unlike the earlier experience, the weight stayed on. Sadly, I had to watch my diet.
Even though that’s not going to change, the news from the Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise journal is good. A
says there’s a substantial longer-term benefit after a good workout. Put in a solid 45 minutes and you get a 519-calorie burn. On top of that though, you can lose an extra 190 calories over the next 14 hours.
That’s nice but I would prefer that be 1,900 calories in those 14 hours. But short of acquiring a meth habit, that doesn’t look possible.
equates the extra burn to being able to eat three Pepperidge Farms Milano cookies without impact. Again, that’s nice. But how about a workout that would allow me to pig out at my favorite place: Fatburger.
I asked my former trainer Teri Crenshaw to give me a workout that would balance out a Kingburger (850 calories), cookies and cream shake (1,180 calories), and chili cheese fat fries (590 calories). Total: 2,620 calories.
Give me that workout! Teri writes:
"5 hours! (and...ewww! Does someone actually sell that combination of artery clogging nasty food-stuff?!) At your current weight (188 lbs) you burn 511 calories per hour on a Stairmaster. 2620/511 = approx. 5 hours.
"BTW: Running at an 8:30 mile pace burns around 900 cal/ hour. So...If you are going to eat that combo. all you have to do is run a marathon to burn it off! lol"
I think I'll just pass on the Fatburger for now...