Last weeks I did Highland & as an experiment decided to replace calories burned during the workout (that were not offset by calories consumed during the workout) with what I considered good quality food. So only fruit (no juice!), veggies, nuts, and lean protein (for purposes of this exercise fish & chicken). No bread, pasta, butter, sugar, etc.
So net calories burned during the workout were on the order of 2800 (3300 calories used offset by 500 calories consumed). After the workout I consumed:
6oz spring mix salad
2tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup cashews
1/4 cup pecans
1/4cup pumpkin seeds
6 oz salmon
7oz green beans
20 brussels sprouts
At that point, still had 600 calories to go, though, ‘I’m stuffed to the scuppers. I’m just going to bed.’
Couple of thoughts on this…the volume of QUALITY food it takes to replace calories burned during workouts is substantial. It takes a bunch of eating. My jaw was tired. My gut was stretched. Also, the massive amounts of flavonols, isoflavones and catechins flowing through your veins on a diet such as this would be mind altering. And finally, can’t see how eating like this could lead to anything but weightloss…it’s just super hard to eat enough.