Not Eating vs Eating & Exercise?

  • danielxx88

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    Jan 04, 2012 10:49 AM GMT
    This is purely hypothetical, because whenever I work out I think "Oh I burned XXX calories, but I could've just not eaten that..."

    SO - hypothetically -

    If I had an extra piece of french toast for the day that was 500 calories, but worked out and burned 500 calories - is it better having that piece of toast and working out, or would the outcome ultimately be the same if I skipped the toast and didn't work out at all, seeing as how I would have burned the exact amount of calories as were in the toast.

    I always wonder about this during a workout haha
  • DesireIron

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    Jan 04, 2012 11:22 AM GMT
    It depends on your goals.

    If just to lose body fat, then, I guess, just not eating.

    If to build some muscle, then you have to work out.

    Altho realize that any muscle developed will burn calories by its very existence. And therefore, help to lose body fat.
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    Jan 04, 2012 1:36 PM GMT
    Healthy food + exercise = nutrients for your body + aerobic fitness / muscle toning

    Bad food + exercise does not negate the bad foods

    0 food + 0 exercise = 0 nutrients for your body + 0 fitness/toning

    So best option is healthy food + exercise as you reap benefits of both. A french toast isn't really healthy, borderline at best, as it's fried and soaks up a lot of oil in the process.
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    Jan 04, 2012 1:40 PM GMT
    Why the hell should someone be eating French toast to begin with? What an awful source of nutrition. Food is fuel. To view food as just calories is narrow-minded.
  • danielxx88

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    Jan 04, 2012 1:50 PM GMT
    bostonxfit saidWhy the hell should someone be eating French toast to begin with?


    Because I soak it in cream and cinnamon, then make a brandy caramel and torch it so it has a creme brulee crust.... icon_twisted.gif

    NOTE: it was a hypothetical. i could have said 500 calories of carrots.
    NOTE NOTE: French toast can totally be healthy...not the way I do it...but you always have the option of baking instead of frying, using wholesome grain bread, and not covering it in maple syrup - not to mention making it savory with veggies and cottage cheese, almost like a bread based omelet. It's bread and egg - your "French toast is the antichrist" statement above is kind of off base.
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    Jan 04, 2012 2:18 PM GMT
    No bread. Ever. I don't eat bread. Any bread products.
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    Jan 04, 2012 2:45 PM GMT
    bostonxfit saidWhy the hell should someone be eating French toast to begin with? What an awful source of nutrition. Food is fuel. To view food as just calories is narrow-minded.


    Because it is delicious. Food is fuel, but food is also something to be enjoyed, I think.
  • Pr0digy

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    Jan 04, 2012 2:45 PM GMT
    Hungry now.. going to go eat!
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    Jan 04, 2012 4:36 PM GMT
    bostonxfit saidNo bread. Ever. I don't eat bread. Any bread products.


    Your body doesn't look that good though?

    Don't be so critical on others.

    Let him eat his damn french toast!
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    Jan 04, 2012 4:42 PM GMT
    Calories, weight, fat, muscle are all very different things that tend to get jumbled up. Think terms of body density rather than weight. Also belly fat is very different than subcutaneous fat. It's not really an energy source but a partitioned off mass created by your body that can't process unnatural carbs and sugar.
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    Jan 04, 2012 4:53 PM GMT
    Also - Working out not only burns calories short term, but also in the long term working out builds more muscle. With more muscle you metobolic rate increases and you burn more calories just living your daily life. If you don't eat and don't work out your muscles have no fuel and they get smaller and in the long run your metobolic rate decreases and you begin actually gaining body fat.
    Therefore it is better to eat and workout than not eat and not workout.
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    Jan 04, 2012 5:41 PM GMT
    I can actually chime in on this one.

    All not eating will do is make you skinny fat.

    You need to eat above your maintenance level of calories in order to keep your metabolism going otherwise you will go in starvation mode and store your fat whilst losing just muscle and water.

    If you want to fit into small clothes and look like a hanger then it's awesome and you will be happy. However, when you take your clothes off you may not look so good.

    I know from personal experience because over the past few years I spent as much time trying not to eat as possible without doing any real form of exercise.

    I got skinny and could fit in extra small clothes but my body didn't look good at all.

    This depends on genetics etc of course, some people have amazingly fast metabolisms but that was my experience with not eating.

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    Jan 04, 2012 7:46 PM GMT
    bostonxfit saidWhy the hell should someone be eating French toast to begin with? What an awful source of nutrition. Food is fuel. To view food as just calories is narrow-minded.



    because it tastes great, you have to splurge and eat some tasty stuff every now and then. Never deprive yourself of something you want. Personally I would pick potato chips over french toast but its up to each person to balance eating smart with the occasional cheat meal that satisfies them
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    Jan 04, 2012 7:54 PM GMT
    Kristoff said
    bostonxfit saidNo bread. Ever. I don't eat bread. Any bread products.


    Your body doesn't look that good though?

    Don't be so critical on others.

    Let him eat his damn french toast!


    Kristoff: The boy who never met a stick of butter, a pie, or a bowl of cake frosting he didn't love...

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