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The Workout Habit You Should Always Avoid

Have you ever found yourself promising to hit the gym extra hard after indulging in a treat? Or perhaps you’ve attempted to “earn” a night out with friends by logging extra hours on the treadmill? While this exchange of exercise for indulgence may seem like a logical trade-off, it’s actually a habit worth avoiding when you’re following a medical weight loss plan. Here’s why.

First, it’s important to recognize that calorie counting isn’t an exact science. While activity calculators can provide a rough estimate of calories consumed and burned through exercise, they’re not always accurate. Relying too heavily on these calculations can lead to overestimating the calories burned, potentially sabotaging your medical weight loss efforts over time.

More importantly, this habit can foster a negative relationship with both food and exercise. When food becomes a reward and exercise a punishment, it sets up a harmful cycle of guilt and avoidance. This mindset can make it difficult to maintain a consistent exercise routine and may ultimately lead to giving up on your fitness goals altogether.

Instead, try reframing your perspective. View food as fuel for a healthy body and exercise as a celebration of your strength and resilience. By cultivating a positive mindset around food and activity, you can reinforce your medical weight loss journey and make it more sustainable in the long term.

If you find yourself stuck in negative thought patterns related to food and exercise, don’t hesitate to reach out for support. Discussing these habits with a professional can help you identify obstacles and develop healthier, more positive behaviors. Together, we can work towards creating a mindset that supports your overall well-being and fitness goals.

If you’re interested in a medical weight loss plan or maintaining your former weight loss, we can help. Schedule an appointment and we’ll review your habits, make a list of goals, and help you adjust any mindsets that might get in your way.