This might seem an obvious tip to some, however it is easy to make this error if you're not being aware of what you're eating and the calories the food contains.
I've seen it all too often where someone or a group of people are working out and then head out the gym to the nearest Costa or Starbucks (or any cafe etc for that matter) .
They wait in line and order a coffee and, "oooh that muffin looks tasty, what's the harm?"
Important: If it's a one-time thing, to be honest no real harm. Go and enjoy the muffin, seriously!
Also Important: If it's a regular thing then it can be a possible stumbling block to your progress.
Well it's about being aware of the calories you're consuming and how that can impact your goals.
The overall idea behind losing weight is to be in a calorie deficit.
There are lots of training and eating methods and ways to achieve this.
Ultimately they still all come down to creating that deficit.
As the picture says:
A hard workout can burn approx 500 - 600 calories in an hour.
However, you go into Costa:
Coffee: Around 100 - 150 calories
Innocent looking tasty muffin: Around 420 - 480 calories
If you don't believe me, Costa and Starbucks have a pdf on their websites listing the calorie contents of all their foods and drinks.
If you're working out hard in the gym and then having a treat afterwards, that could be offsetting a lot of the calories you've just been burning.
After several weeks, when you stand on the scale or take measurements, you might not notice much difference despite all the hard work you've been doing. Leading to frustration.
If it was me, I would go and have the coffee (caffeine make the world go round) and drop the treats.
Something to keep in mind if you're in the habit of doing this or something similar.
If you can, try to reduce or drop the treats and only have them occasionally. This could make quite a difference for you.
This is my, mostly, Personal Trainer musings and information which I hope you'll find helpful!