When Exercise Is Just Another Diet


Do you remember the last time you woke up determined to go for a walk, head to the gym, or do some sort of physical activity in order to burn calories and lose weight, but didn’t make it out of bed until it was too late to do anything?

What’s that you say?  That describes most of your days?  Well, then, here’s the article for you!

Our latest FitBriefing,Is Your Exercise Plan Just Another Diet?,” was written with you in mind.  If you don’t feel like clicking through, maybe this snippet from it will inspire you.

You work hard to burn calories, exercising even though you really don’t like it, often pushing your body to its limits day after day.  You ignore feelings of fatigue, minor injuries, boredom and dread and just keep going. Until one day you can’t.  So you don’t.  All-or-nothing thinking sabotages you as one day turns into several, then into weeks and even months because the idea of working so hard isn’t something you can motivate yourself to do again.  So you sit on the couch, often overeating, until you get so disgusted with yourself, you start the cycle again.

Go ahead, click through.  You’ll find 4 tips for how to become a regular exerciser that can help you go beyond burning calories to find the motivation that will keep you moving.

Then come back and tell us what you think!

5 responses to “When Exercise Is Just Another Diet”

  1. Nicole D. says:

    EXACTLY what I needed to read today! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Now, how to figure out to get to GMFR!

  2. Marsha says:

    We’ll leave the light on for ya, Nicole!

  3. Karla says:

    I think doing exercise is the best way to lose some weight..Thanks for the info..

  4. Howtolosebellyfatforwomentips says:

    I think a lot of times the reason exercise feels like a diet is that no goals are set. You need a plan and a reason for what your are doing. When you have goals it becomes so much more than “exercising” you are now “training with a purpose”

  5. Kathy says:

    I quit smoking 100 days ago and have realized in the last few weeks that I need to stop eating in lieu of smoking. I am finding it hard to not overeat. That vicious cycle of over sleeping then eating everything in site until I feel disgusted is hard to break. I am getting up to exercise but the overeating is very hard to stop. Thanks for the information on your website. It has been a big help.

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Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD

Marsha has been a guiding force at Green Mountain at Fox Run since 1986. In addition to overseeing a professional program that helps women establish sustainable approaches to healthy living, she is a respected thought leader when it comes to managing eating, emotions and weight. She has been a voice of reason for the last three decades in helping people move away from diets, an area in which she is personally as well as professionally versed. An accomplished writer and speaker, Marsha is the author of six books, including the online course Disordered Eating in Active and Sedentary Individuals (co-authored by Karin Kratina, PhD, RD, Human Kinetics), What You Need to Know about Carbohydrates (Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics [The Academy]), What You Need to Know about Vitamin and Mineral Supplements (The Academy), and The Pregnancy Cookbook (co-authored by Donna Shields, RD, Berkeley Publishing). She has worked extensively on a national basis to educate the public about nutrition and the impact of dieting on eating behaviors, including binge eating and emotional eating. Active in many organizations helping to further the cause of health and wellness, Marsha currently serves as vice chair of the Binge Eating Disorder Association and vice president of The Center for Mindful Eating and has been active in the Association for Size Diversity and Health in support of Health at Every Size(R) principles.

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