, Work It Out!Why You Can’t Just “Burn Those Cookies Off”

Why You Can’t Just “Burn Those Cookies Off”

I get soooooooooooooo tired of people telling me “Oh, I’m not worried about it. I can just burn this dinner off tonight on the treadmill.”

All I keep thinking, as I glance at their plate, is “Oh, really?” I’d never say that, though. I kind of just smile and say “Wow, well…hey!”

This video is why. (You don’t have to click on their links in the video – the site actually looks kinda spammy, even though the video is awesome.)

So…for all you people who swear that people only need to “move more” in order to lose that weight? Stop lying to people, and stop lying to yourselves. That’s why I write so much about food – if you think that you can eat calorie-heavy dishes and “just burn it off” at the gym… you’re sorely mistaken. Weight loss is, at least, 85% diet. If you never eat it, you never have to worry about burning it. It’s just that simple.

Here’s to making better decisions!

By | 2014-08-31T23:12:23+00:00 August 31st, 2014|Video Vault, Work It Out!|43 Comments

About the Author:

The proud leader of the #bgg2wlarmy, Erika Nicole Kendall writes food and fitness, body image and beauty, and more here at #bgg2wl. After losing over 150lbs, Kendall became a personal trainer certified in fitness nutrition, women's fitness, and weight loss by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She is also certified in sports nutrition by Precision Nutrition. She now lives in New York with her husband and children, and is working on her 6th and 7th certifications because she likes having alphabet soup at the end of her name.


  1. Crissle January 11, 2011 at 12:51 PM - Reply

    okay, okay. i got it!

  2. Jackie January 11, 2011 at 12:58 PM - Reply

    “If you never eat it, you never have to worry about burning it. It’s just that simple. ” That’s it in a nutshell. (Love your blog by the way!)

  3. Daphne January 11, 2011 at 1:20 PM - Reply

    Thanks for this! Intellectually, I knew this, but subconsciously (not to mention how much I hear it from others), the “burn it off” theory lingered.
    I brought my lunch to work today, but was seriously thinking of ordering out before I read this. Of course, I’m enjoying my homemade, healthier, yummy lunch of roasted veggies and baked chicken as I type this.

    10 lbs lost and counting!

  4. lisa January 11, 2011 at 2:03 PM - Reply

    This is sooo true! I used to think the same thing until I started to wear a heart rate monitor and realized my 30 minute workout was only burning around 200-300 calories. That obviously didn’t make a dent in what I was eating!

  5. acf January 11, 2011 at 3:14 PM - Reply

    While understand and agree with the overall sentiment to which the guys were trying to disseminate. I find it problematic that they berated cardiovascular exercise in his words: “cardio is a joke” in an attempt to discard with the pretense of cardio as the end all be all for weight loss. However though admittedly many people use cardio as an attempt to lose weight– the activity itself is indispensable for overall health. Cardiovascular exercise is beneficial for exactly what the name intimates. I cannot tell you how many people who engage themselves throughout life in weight lifting as well as adequate nutrition yet find later in life, because they have ignored their heart health, that they have complications because of it. They don’t need to disparage cardiovascular exercise in order to make a point as to the benefits of nutrition! They are both integral parts of the process.

  6. kohy January 11, 2011 at 5:09 PM - Reply

    “you cant outtrain a bad diet”

    grasp this concept and then you can commit to an effective fitness routine

    • KANEKA March 18, 2013 at 1:43 PM - Reply

      That is definitely what stood out most from this video. That statement alone says everything that needed to be said…

  7. JoAnna January 11, 2011 at 5:31 PM - Reply

    The word ” cardio” is an abbreviation for “Cardiovascular” which is another term people use to describe aerobic exercise. “Cardio” means heart. And aerobic exercise is a way of getting more oxygen into our bodies, and more blood pumping thru our veins.

    Now cardio does help. It allows you to enjoy the body you have. My mostly clean diet helped rid me of my first 70lbs, but I had no stamina, and couldn’t do 2:30mins on a treadmill for a stress test. If there was a “disaster movie of the week” moment, I’d be the woman who had the heart attack trying to outrun the aliens/floodwaters/lava/etc!

    Think of it as a sleek new Porshe (clean eating body) and an old worn out, rusted pickup truck (junk eating body) that someone fished out of a river. With the Porshe, it’s easy to add some gas (cardio) and get going. That old truck is gonna need a new engine, new brakes, belts- the works before you can even consider putting gas in it to go anywhere.

    Just my personal thoughts…

  8. Crystal January 11, 2011 at 10:12 PM - Reply

    I love your blog! I had one of these moments today thinking about choices.

  9. Sonya January 11, 2011 at 11:08 PM - Reply

    LOL…Thank you thank you for that…because i’ve always had it in my head that i can work it off in the gym/treadmill…and always in the back of my mind i was thinking wth? How long do i have to be on this thing to burn off a burger or whatever unhealthy thing i had, i always knew i was kidding myself, but after veiwing the video i have no excuse now because it makes sense, and i will pass it on…smdh my friends and family are already sick of me talking about it day and night to anyone who will listen…Oh well i don’t care…i have to keep repeating it so i get it!

    Tks Erika…

  10. nikki January 11, 2011 at 11:57 PM - Reply

    I know this but its hard!

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