One of my best friends sent this to me this morning.
Here’s the problem with this kind of scare tactic:
It doesn’t actually help anyone over the long-term.
Sure, maybe the exercise and calorie equivalents are well-intentioned, and it may certainly make you think twice before indulging in a treat, but the mentality that you *have* to burn off any kind of sugar you eat via exercise is misguided.
“Oh, I’ll only eat this Almond Joy if I know that I can burn it off by doing some Tabatas afterward.”
“A stick of gum? No worries, that’s one lap around the neighborhood.”
This is how eating disorders begin.
Here’s a newsflash: it’s entirely possible to thoroughly enjoy a treat in moderation and move on with your life.
No compensatory behavior.
And listen. Just because it’s a special time of year does not mean that you have to eat ALL the candy.
The candy’s not going anywhere.
(Seriously, it’s not.)
Who says that if I don’t eat this Heath bar, that I won’t be able to go to the store and purchase some a month from now?
Who says that I *have* to eat everything in front of me right this very instant?
Candy is not necessarily a fat-gaining food. If you’re smart about your consumption and you take into context the rest of your day’s eats, it’s entirely possible to maintain your current shape – or hell, even lean out – while enjoying these kinds of treats.
Remember: nobody got fat from eating one cookie.
This is the kind of bullshit that really grinds my gears.
Oh, and happy Halloween.