Recent research connects regular exercise to healthy diet choices. However, you need to be aware of how many calories you burn during each exercise session and how many calories you consume after your workout. Oftentimes, people think they are burning more calories and justify consuming excess food, which interferes with their weight loss goals. Start a food journal, logging your food intake and exercise each day. My Fitness Pal and dotFIT offer convenient, easy to use food and activity tracking services.
Boutelle, K.N., Murray, S.M., Jeffrey, R.W., Hennrikus, D.J., & Lando, H.A. (2000). Associations between exercise and health behaviors in a community sample of working adults. Preventive Medicine. March, 30(3) 217-224. doi:10.1006/pmed.1999.0618
Dallongeville, J., Marecaux N., Fruchart, J.C., & Amouvel, P. (1998). Cigarette smoking is associated with unhealthy patterns of nutrient intake: a meta-analysis. The Journal of Nutrition, Sep;128(9):1450-7.
Penney, S. (2014). Exercise is key to achieving top new year’s resolutions. NASM Blog. http://blog.nasm.org/fitness/exercise-key-achieving-top-new-years-resolutions/ Accessed on December 25, 2014.