Fast Fitness: Never Reward, Never Punish

An extremely important idea to remember about exercise is that eating and exercise should not be related. Never reward exercise with eating, and never punish eating with exercise. This sounds counterintuitive to people who have been dieting for years, but you need to separate these two things in your mind. People often say things like, “Oh, you work out so you’re able to eat more,” but I don’t agree.

You will never be able to calculate exactly how many calories you burned versus how many extra calories you can eat, and even if you could, that’s not the right mentality to have. Linking exercise and food will only fuel your food noise and your exercise noise. Never have French fries or cookies because you worked out. Only have them because you want them, unrelated to exercise. If you really want French fries or cookies, eat them according to the naturally thin principles, not as a reward for thirty minutes on the treadmill.

On the other hand, you weren’t “bad” because you ate French fries or cookies, and that doesn’t mean you have to do a two-hour kickboxing class as penance. Simply try to eat well and exercise when you can. That’s the naturally thin way.

This is an excerpt from Skinnygirl Solutions by Bethenny Frankel, available on

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