QUESTION: “I’ve heard that you don’t have to count your pre-workout and post-workout meals? Is that true?”
ANSWER: Yes, I do! And you should too! Calories are calories and you’re body is still using those calories whether you workout or not. Always count your calories! The only way to lose fat is by bringing in LESS calories than what you are burning. If you’re not counting your pre or post workout meals and saying they are “free calories” is crazy! Do you know how many cupcakes I could probably consume before and after my workouts? I could probably put away a dozen of them at least! What I’m trying to say is, what’s the point of adding more food and more calories to your day, when your goal is to lose fat? The main reason most people workout is to burn extra calories. So, if you just start scarfing down food after your workout to reward yourself for working out, you are defeating the purpose of your workout. Your workout was pretty much for nothing. By the end of the day, you want to have a calorie deficit to lose fat.
Trust me when I say a post-workout meal is one of the most important meals of your day, besides your breakfast. But, you still need to count those calories and you still need to portion control your meal. If you think you can head to the ice cream store and chow down your favorite treat all the while thinking you worked out after all….”I deserve this”…….you will not get the results you are looking for or working so hard for. Do you know how easy it is to go over on your calories in just one meal? It’s mind blowing how easy it is to destroy all of your hard work in just meal.
On another note, most people who work out for about an hour, whether it’s cardio or weight training, you are only burning anywhere between 300 to 600 calories. Most people burn more calories just by walking around for the day and standing. Your workout is only part of your hard work. 80% of your hard work is the diet and it’s very very easy to screw up on your diet.
Always count your calories, no matter what. The less calories you bring in than what you burn, the more fat you will lose.