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Why do you exercise?

I read an article in the Metro last week, which said that something like 60-70% of women exercise just so they can eat chocolate and drink wine!

The first thing I want to say is that this used to be me! I used to think that doing regular exercise meant I could eat chocolate, crisps and biscuits and still stay slim. It worked for a while, but when I got past 40 I noticed that some of my clothes were feeling tight and I started to get symptoms of IBS such as bloating and uncomfortable stomach pains. I realised that the exercise wasn’t really working as well as it used to but I still enjoyed it so I kept going to classes and worked out in the gym.

I decided to change my diet and I cut out milk, cheese and yoghurt, which was what I ate on a daily basis and this made a huge difference, not just to my IBS symptoms, but to my weight. The weight I’d put on just dropped off and I could also see the results of what I’d been doing in the gym as my arms and legs were much more toned.

If you are one of those women who are exercising so you can eat treats, that’s good, because at least you are exercising, but bear in mind that staying slim and healthy is a combination of both exercise and healthy eating and it is around 80% diet and 20% exercise.

You can still eat treats, but try to cut down on the amount you eat. I just have chocolate at weekends now.  I believe that everything is OK if eaten in moderation and as long as the majority of your diet is healthy then the odd cake should not do too much damage!

If you have IBS symptoms try replacing milk with alternatives such as almond milk and swap cow’s cheese for goat’s cheese. These small changes may make a big difference.