I've read multiple books that say “throw away the scale” and “there is no need to track calories..” so I tried that approach and it failed miserably. For me personally I like to see if I'm on track or not, and I don't mind tracking calories to make sure I'm not eating too much.
There are so many things that can effect stress in your life. Family, Marriage, Job and Finances. I had about 4 out of 5 go right down the tubes as I was trying this new technique, and so I wanted to make a positive difference in my life. My health was one of the few things I could control, so I started getting up at 5:15 to exercise. This makes sense most of the time. You can't take away the exercise, you jump start your body, and you feel positive about yourself. This is mostly true.
When I got up early, I was not going to bed any earlier. This resulted in me being very tired. I had about 5 hours of sleep. What happened was when I got to work, I often went to the cafeteria to get a Mountain Dew to “pick me up.” A 20 oz bottle of Mountain Dew has about 270 calories. This negates a large chunk of the calories I burned off at 5:30.
Likewise when you're tired, its much easier to fall into a “I don't care attitude” and start eating things like peanut M&Ms (another 250 calories). The one day I noticed this I went to the gym and got on the treadmill. It took about 30 minutes to burn off a bag of M&Ms.
So when is it bad to exercise in the morning? When you didn't go to bed with enough time to get adequate rest.
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