Just in from Time Magazine...(Thanks Karen Buck)
"Whether because exercise makes us hungry or because we want to reward ourselves, many people eat more — and eat more junk food, like doughnuts — after going to the gym." Bottom line:
"It's what you eat, not how hard you try to work it off, that matters more in losing weight. You should exercise to improve your health, but be warned: fiery spurts of vigorous exercise could lead to weight gain. I love how exercise makes me feel, but tomorrow I might skip the VersaClimber — and skip the blueberry bar that is my usual post-exercise reward." More here (it's kinda long and a little boring)Of course Dr. Heidi fans were already in on that little secret...See here and here.
Confession. For many years I belonged to the Nob Hill club - part of the Fairmont Hotel on Nob Hill in San Francisco. I went 4-5 days per week for an hour's workout, first thing in the AM. After, walking down the Powell Street hill towards the financial district, my friend and I passed a Double Rainbow cafe.
Of course we stopped in each time. We looked forward to a big fat almond croissant and cappuccino. It was a wonderful reward. We didn't stop unless we'd worked out. We stopped by almost every single day.