Red E Personal Training’s Selina Wright said treating yourself after a workout could result in the scales creeping up.
Red E Personal Training’s Selina Wright said treating yourself after a workout could result in the scales creeping up. Lee Constable

Have a treat after the gym, but don't expect to lose weight

TREATING yourself after a gym workout is fine, just don't expect to see any changes in your weight, according to a Mackay personal trainer.

A study from a diet firm found that more than a third of gym-goers allow themselves a treat after a workout. The survey of 1000 gym users found that regular gym sessions gave dieters a feeling of complacency.

Mackay's Red E Personal Training owner and trainer Selina Wright said she nodded her head and agreed when she read the study.

"You cannot out-train a bad diet, no matter how hard you try," she said.

"So if exercising is a way to 'justify' eating not-so-healthy food, there will be no changes. And in fact, 'rewarding' your training session with further 'bad' food, may see the scales creep up."

It all depends on how hard you work at the gym and how many calories you burn.

Ms Wright said someone could burn up to 800 calories in a boot camp session, but that it all depended on your fitness level and how hard you work.

She said everything should be taken in moderation.

"...You can still have your treats, but limit it to once per week, and only a small amount," she said.

"That way you will still have the balance between achieving your fitness or weight loss goals without the deprivation of your favourite foods."

The study also found a quarter of gym goers gain weight. Some people might put this down to muscle building but Ms Right said this would only happen after a long period of time.

"You're going to lose fat at a faster rate than gain muscle," she said.



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