Originally Posted by Becky Quilts
Sorry didn't mean to be a debbie downer! I just don't want people to be misinformed. Yes, I know a lot of people that have the attitude, I ran x or I worked out for xx and now I can have this 600 calorie recovery shake (totally burying their efforts). I suppose it depends on who you're around. A lot of people overestimate how much they burn.
Yes, this is definitely a problem for a lot of people. I never eat back my calories, either deliberately or through lenience with myself because I "deserve" it. Because I deserve an occasional treat, but I also deserve to become fit and lean ~ and that's more important to me than the temporary gratification of compensatory eating.
That said, I do drink a protein shake after my workout, but it's a low-carb protein powder mixed with unsweetened almond milk and its purpose is to rebuild the muscles properly so I can get leaner and stronger. I do not drink it for its caloric content or even its flavor (though it's delicious). It's about 245 calories and I budget it into my total calories. My caloric allowance number does not change whether I exercise or not.