Exercise more, gain weight?

It's that time of year where we are more active outside, maybe training for a race, or just increasing our exercise.  When exercise increases, appetite increases with it.  Fueling for your exercise is important but you want to be careful not to overeat and gain weight after all your hard work.  Your base diet should already be healthy- whole grains, veggies, fruit, low fat dairy, lean fish and meat.  If you start to exercise more, just increase your servings or add a snack or two.  What you don't want to do is increase your servings by too much.  Don't wait until you are starving after a long workout and then eat everything in sight.  This is how you gain weight even though you are exercising more.  Yes, you can splurge here and there but don't make a habit of it just because you are working out harder.  Your body is more efficient and productive with healthy nutrient dense foods.  Make sure you are eating before, during if exercise exceeds 90 minutes, and after your workouts.  And still practice portion control and balance.

 

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