For the past few weeks, I’ve been training a new guy named Derrek. Before each workout, I ask him about his diet. Why? Because I want him to think about what he’s eating. Food intake is SUPER important!
However, there are still people who feel they can out-train a bad diet. Perhaps if you’re a teenager with a super-fast metabolic rate, or a sports athlete. For the rest of us, here are 6 reasons why you CAN NOT out train a bad diet:
1 – People Feel they need to be “Rewarded” for Working out Hard
A lot of guys feel they need to be “rewarded” for working out hard. So, usually after an intense workout, they’ll go out and eat some pizza or other fast foods. Now all you’re doing is eradicating whatever calorie burn you got from your intense workout.
People feel that whatever they just did will off-set the bad food they ate. And it has nothing to do with calories. It has to do with optimum recovery. Right after an intense workout, you want some protein and clean carbs.
The last thing you want to eat is fat. Hence, fast food just isn’t going to cut it. It’s going to reverse everything you just did. Think about it this way: after an intense workout, your body is like a sponge, soaking up all the nutrients you throw into it.
2 – People eat Bigger, Lower Frequency Meals
The truth is, we’re not sure if higher frequency meals actually do anything for your metabolic rate. However, they do prevent one thing: an insulin spike. An insulin spike occurs when you eat a lot of food at once.
So, you want to eat just enough to feel full, but don’t over-eat. When people are not focusing on their diets, they tend to eat big, lower frequency meals. We’re looking at multiple insulin spikes throughout the day.
Think of each insulin spike as another opportunity for your body to store fat. Instead, eat smaller, higher frequency meals and don’t give your body the opportunity to store fat. And this requires getting serious about your diet.
3 – People have a “Cardio Confessional” Mindset
The “Cardio Confessional” mindset is when people say, “Oh, let me eat this french fry and I’ll just run on the treadmill a few minutes longer.” This is opposite of what guys do. Guys reward themselves with bad food. Women tend to eat the bad food, and try to do more cardio burn off what they just ate.
First of all, the calorie counters on most exercise equipment is all wrong. There was CBS report that showed just how inaccurate these machines are in terms of measuring calories. And I bet those online calorie counters aren’t much different.
With regard to steady state cardio, your body gets more efficient at using energy. So, you actually need to work longer to burn off the same amount of calories as you did before. You can see how the numbers just don’t add up!
4 – People Underestimate Calories
According to the CBS news report, people dramatically underestimate their caloric intake. At home, your food has labels. But at a restaurant, you’re forced to guess how much your eating. And all of us are bad guessers.
Luckily, you can now find the calorie content of most fast food chains on their websites (by law). But even then, when you’re actually at the food establishment, you’re not thinking of how much you’re eating.
Your best bet is to just stay away from fast food. Have as much control over your food as possible. This includes planning ahead, and cooking your own food. This way, you are less likely to underestimate your caloric intake.
5 – People Overestimate Calorie Burn
Another study took a bunch of normal weight people and had them exercise on a treadmill. They then had to eat back what they though they burned off. The results were quite interesting, with people eating anywhere from 120 to 4000 calories!
This is the perfect example of people under estimating their caloric intake and overestimating their calorie burn! It’s time to stop “guessing” and really get yourself on a plan. Almost anything will work, as long as you have a practical idea what you’re calorie intake is like.
Now, I really don’t recommend COUNTING calories. What you really should be doing is just eating clean. Clean foods are naturally high in nutrients, and low in calories. So you actually reduce your calorie intake just by eating clean.
6 – People Don’t Consider Hormones
Hormones have a lot to do with your weight loss/gain. For example, the hormone Cortisol is released when you’re under a lot of stress. This hormone has been linked to fat gain. And we’ve already talked about how Insulin helps you store fat.
Counting calories on their own is not the answer, and at times not even necessary. What you really need to focus on is HOW you exercise, and HOW you eat. It’s time to completely transform your eating habits.
So how do we get started? You start be eradicating processed foods from your diet! Stop focusing “diets” and focus on a long-term change. In other words, this is how you’ll eat for the rest of your life!
Don’t worry, it’s quite easy to change your diet. In fact, we have a done for you diet plan in our Ultimate Fat Loss Warrior Members Section. And, in a few days, we’ll be releasing our brand new Thor Smash workout, part of our monthly workouts.