Type 2 diabetes and healthy living: exercise is not a solution to poor food choices
When it comes to exercise, many people get it right. Not everyone has an inactive lifestyle. Some people have a job where they are on their feet most or all of the day. Others play a sport every week because it is a hobby and they enjoy it: therefore they are regularly active. Some people are gym rats and are in and out of the gym several days a week. Not surprisingly, exercise can be addictive. It brings a positive mood and an increase in energy levels while doing good for the body.
That said, exercise should never be used to rationalize or try to correct poor nutrition. Here’s what this means: Food is still number one. You are encouraged to exercise as much as possible within reason. It will only help you. But if you think this allows you more freedom with your eating plan, think again. Or even worse, if you’re using the activity as a way to try to correct your poor food choices.
Admittedly, much of this has to do with body weight. You will find that many people do not struggle with exercise, but have difficulty maintaining a healthy body weight. They may even joke that their exercise routine makes them fat when they realize that their body weight is not changing or that they are gaining weight. To lose weight, nutrition is number one. For health, the same often applies.
Remember, food is fuel for your body, And if you’re not providing your body with high-quality nutrients, you’re depriving your body of what it needs…
1. You can’t outrun the fork. Exercise as much as you want, but if you eat more than your body needs, you’ll get fat. Even if you are in the gym for two hours and have the best workouts of your life.
2. You must be careful with the way you eat. Frequent meals will keep blood sugar levels high. Insulin responses stimulate appetite. This means that frequent meals are more likely to make you eat more, rather than less, even if your portion sizes are smaller.
3. You should also watch what you eat. Fats are high in calories, so even if the whipped cream you’re eating is sugar-free, it could still be high in calories. And sugars! Be very careful with them, always.
At the end of the day, you need to exercise and eat right. It is not one or the other. And never use exercise as a solution to poor nutrition.