I'm really unhealthy. I have virtually no physical activity.
Well I'm trying to change this. So to start out, I'm doing couch to 5k. If you don't know what it is, it's just a beginner running routine with a mix of jogging and walking.
I started today. I did my first run. But now I'm trying to also focus on my caloric intake so I don't just eat what I've burned off. But I'm confused.
I have an app called my fitness pal
I don't know how accurate it is, But according to this app, my 30 minutes of exercise burned about 330 calories.
It also has a Calorie log. According to this log, I ingested 1300 calories but my maximum allowed is 1500. And then it says I burned off 330 calories which means there's 1000 left. So in theory I could eat 500 more calories and still be fine, right? That just doesn't make sense to me. Because even though I ate less calories than it says to eat, I ate junk food. I ate pizza rolls, chips and a bacon cheese burger throughout the day. I know that's unhealthy food. Next time I go grocery shopping I'm buying healthier stuff. But today that's what I had. And what I don't get is that I thought it was grams of fat that caused me to be fat, not calories. Those foods have about 50 grams of fat in total. Shouldn't I be worried about that and not calories?
I don't understand. Why monitor calories but not how much fat I take in? Which one do I worry about to not cancel out the running I do?
I also have a friend who told me that without supplements, running isn't going to help me lose very much weight and I should just go to the gym instead. Is this true? Am I wasting my time trying to lose weight If all I do is jog, without taking any weight loss supplements?