You Can Eat Whatever You Want As Long As You Workout: True Or False?

May 2, 2012

There's a popular belief postulating that you can eat anything you want as long as you exercise and burn those calories off.

The idea behind is that you just have to do some math.
He's the breakdown: losing pounds happens when you have a caloric deficit; you won’t gain weight if you eat fewer calories than you burn. Or better, if you eat as many calories as you burn you won’t gain nor lose a single gram.
By following this theory one needs to take careful note of the number of calories in the foods eaten, as well as the number of calories burned during the workout routine...and the job is done.
On the other side, what you eat is also important.
Many have pointed out that calories counting may not be enough; as it’s crucial to find a perfect balance of macros (i.e., fats, protein, and carbs) and also to be sure to get all the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that are so important for perfect health.
Personally, I believe that it’s important to eat foods that will benefit your body, especially if you engage in intense physical activity.
You want (and need) foods that fuel your body throughout your day and will help you build a stronger, healthier body. Right amount of calories but, most of all, right foods!
Some pro-athletes may seem to eat anything they like, but that’s almost never the case. Usually, they follow a prescribed (and strict) diet for their level of activity.
It might look like just as calories counting but it’s always so much more elaborate and rigorous than that.
What about you? Do you think you can really eat whatever you want as long as workout?
Or do you reckon it’s much more important to take into considerations also all the other variables?

The Iron You  


  1. I've been spending years just counting calories and never got very far. But when I started looking more into quality/variety of foods that's when it started making a difference.
    I'm 100% sharing your view on this one!

  2. FALSE!!!! Merely doing the calories maths won't make you healthy...much more important to keep an eye on getting all the right nutrients!

  3. I definitely can't eat whatever I want no matter how much exercise I do. I only need to look at a chocolate bar and its laid roots into my thighs!! I so believe if you wanna lose you gotta eat less and what you eat needs to be good nourishing food. The odd treat is fine but it can't be a habit : )

  4. I definetly think that is true!

  5. I don't think so. I work out for roughly 1.5 hours a day yet eat VERY LOW CARB (but A LOT OF FOOD - I eat for about a family of 10 in a sitting)... I think if I didn't work out, I would definitely gain weight. Then again, I would probably eat far less, so maybe not? Oh I don't know, LOL!

  6. No way is that true. We cannot eat whatever we want as long as we burn it. You might burn the calories and not gain weight but you're losing time on the death clock. Here's an example why.. Let's assume that for breakfast,lunch, and dinner, all you would eat is sneaker bars and hamburgers. then let's assume you somehow work your butt off to burn all that everyday. Do you think that your life span will shorter or longer compared to when you would eat healthy foods? You probably would have some serious blood sugar spikes or hypertension even if you burn those calories.

    1. Amen to that polarbebe20, you couldn't have said it better!

  7. I think this is true, after you've reached your daily goals. I mean, I eat healthy following the right amount of calories (counting) and macros. I try to have a daily deficit of 500 cal. If I ate a piece of cake because I felt like it, and added 200 calories to my log, then I would do a quick workout in the afternoon. This piece of cake (or cookie or portion of chips) won't mess your macros that much either. I think it's possible eating anything you want as long as you keep it to a portion of that "anything".