Compensation effect…is this why you can’t get the body you want?
Do you know or are you the guilty one when it comes to this principle? We’re talking about the phenomenon that happens when you have a really good workout, then “treat” yourself with a big piece of cake that night because “well, I had a good workout today… I can afford this.”
Sorry, but that’s just not the case. You can’t outwork a bad diet. And with every bite of that cake, you’re negating the amazing benefits of that awesome workout you did.
Now understand… with building muscle, your body does get more hungry (due to leptin receptors) and I’m not talking devouring a whole pizza or bag of chips hungry. This is where choosing the RIGHT foods is crucial.
Deciding ahead of time what you’re going to eat after your workout and even preparing it so it’s even easier to consume healthier foods that day. Don’t give in to the cravings.
One great way to decide what you’re going to eat ahead of time is to plan out your next day’s meals the night before. By writing it down (and bonus points for posting it where you and others in your household can see it for accountability) you’re that much more likely to actually follow through with it.
To make it even easier, grab a printable PDF food journal to write down your next day’s meals and snacks here: Send me the Food Journal!
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