Exercising To Eat or Drink More?

Now that I am in the “maintenance” part of my weight loss/fitness journey I thought I would share one little tip I learned recently along the way.

Many diets(weight watchers and others) advocate “earning points” through exercise. This basically equates to burning calories through exercise to eat or drink more. Be careful doing this. As my Doctor told me recently, it’s not always a one for one exchange. When people work out a lot, they overestimate how many calories they may have burned. Many of the fitness apps out there (myfitnesspal, etc) actually over-estimate the calories burned during exercise. So, people end up over-eating. In other words, they walk three miles and burn 200 calories then eat a 300 calorie dessert or drink three glass of wine worth 300 calories.

If you are using exercise so you can eat/drink more, be sure to keep it in proportion. In other words, if you only burned 200 calories that day, be sure you are consuming 200 or less additional calories that day. Otherwise, you may gain weight and sabotage your efforts. 

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Gluten Free Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Sticks

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I made these on Sunday.  They are homemade Chocolate dipped Gluten Free Pretzel Sticks made with Glutino GF Pretzel Sticks & Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips. They are FREE of Dairy, Eggs, Nuts, Wheat & Gluten.

They are easy, delicious and perfect to take to parties. It only took me about 20 minutes to make them.

Ingredients:

Glutino Gluten Free Pretzel Sticks – These pretzel sticks are also Dairy Free, Egg Free, Nut Free but do have Soy in them.  There’s about 120 calories and 33 pretzels in a serving.

Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips – Gluten Free, Soy free, Diary free, Egg free & Nut free.  There’s about 75 calories in a serving. A serving is a tablespoon full of chips. There’s about 19 servings in a bag. I only used 1/4 of the bag.

I melted the Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips for about three minutes in the microwave and stirred.

I dipped the pretzel sticks into the chocolate and laid them out on a cookie sheet. Once the sheet was full I put it in the refrigerator for about 1/2 hour to harden the chocolate. That easy.

I think I am going to try make some haystacks with dried cranberries and pretzels and next time. 

No one would ever know they are allergy friendly:-)