Ask an expert

12 Apr 2004

What exercise WHEN after a bad meal?
Can you please explain how my body would use excess energy I've eaten. For eg. Say I eat sugar and ice-scream the evening before and plan on working it off at the gym the next day, should I do high or low intensity exercise to burn off the excess. I understand you use carbs for high intesity exercise, but it's been eaten a few hours before and I dont know if its been turned into fat already. How long does it take to be turned into fat and what execise do you suggest I do the day after a bad meal. Strength training or high intensity cardio?
Answer 327 views

01 Jan 0001

Dear Chanel
The human body is more than a combustion engine, so if your overall energy intake has not been excessive, then eating those 'sin foods' may not make any difference. It is also impossible to predict how soon or how much energy will be stored as fat because this depends on so many factors - your age, your gender, your level of activity, your basic metabolic rate, your general level of exercise, etc, etc. So do your usual exercise and just don't make a habit of eating the foods that cause you guilt.
Best regards
The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical examination, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.
Voting Booth
Have you entered our Health of the Nation survey?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
32% - 9472 votes
68% - 20299 votes