Daily Caloric Variation
Should you eat less on days you don’t workout? NO! Here is why! All about daily caloric variation.
One of the most common mistakes people make is in assuming that the food they are eating is only for the here and now. They try to micromanage their bodies and calculate how much it needs based up how many calories their fit bit, Garmin, or stationary bike says they need. Big mistake in my opinion for a whole host of reasons. When you eat, its not just for what you are about to do or what you just did but for what you did yesterday and two days ago as well!
Muscle Building. Lets take muscle building. You have a great squat and deadlift workout, when exactly do you think your body needs the protein? If you think the muscle is grown right then and there and that all you need to do is pop a post workout protein shake then you are leaving a lot of gains on the table. After a workout, it can take days to rebuild the muscle and during those days you need to be consuming enough calories and enough protein.
Fueling the Cardio. Lets talk about the afterburner effect from cardio, its not as mysterious or magical as the name seems to indicate. When you do cardio, even a small amount, it elevates your BMR for the next 24 hours. Its not just the calories you burn off during your 30 minute run but for the entire next day you are burning off more calories even as you sit and sleep because your BMR is elevated from the exercise. As an aside, people who are obese often use the “low metabolism” excuse as to why they are fat. You know who has fast metabolisms? People who do cardio every day!
Thats why its a really bad idea to base your caloric intake on you day’s activities. I strongly suggest you use a calculator like custommealplanner.com that lumps all the cardio in the week together and then set a daily and unchanging caloric target. And remember, if you lifted weights in the last 3 days there is still muscle building going on so you gotta still eat clean with plenty of protein and sufficient calories.
Should you eat less on days you don’t work out?
Should you eat more on days you lift?
Should you eat more on days you do cardio?
Stop micromanaging your body!