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 regards 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 you’re 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, there is a guide out there for you that will help you transform your diet, one step at a time. It’s called The Fat Burning Kitchen by Mike Geary and Catherine Ebeling. Continue reading to learn exactly how this guide can help transform your health and fitness:
Pros and Cons of Mike Geary’s Fat Burning Kitchen
The Fat Burning Kitchen is a nutritional eBook written by Mike Geary and Catherine Ebeling. Lets take a look at some some pros and cons of this ebook:
Pro: Easy to Read and Apply
Most eBooks get too scientific, especially nutritional eBooks. The Fat Burning Kitchen is extremely easy to read and implement. Mike goes step by step and tells you exactly what to eat, and what to avoid.
Just take a look at the contents to see how simply this eBook is organized:
- Chapter 1 – Foods made with refined flour and corn products
- Chapter 2 – Food and drinks containing high fructose corn syrup
- Chapter 3 – Margarines, vegetable oils, trans fats, Crisco
- Chapter 4 – Artificial Sweetners – Splenda, NutraSweet, Saccharin
- Chapter 5 – Commercial Pasteurized Dairy
- Chapter 6 – Commercially raised meats; farm-raised fish
- Chapter 7 – Soymilk, tofu, TVP
- Chapter 8 – Sports/Energy Drinks
- Chapter 9 – Energy Bars
- Chapter 10 – Processed Foods, Weight-loss meals, Diet Snacks, and Diet Desserts
- Chapter 11 – High quality – protein-grass fed beef or bison, wild caught fish, free-range chicken, whole (free-range) eggs
- Chapter 12 – Raw dairy milk and cheese
- Chapter 13 – Grass fed dairy butter, coconut oil, lard
- Chapter 14 – Nuts-Almonds, pecans, walnuts, pistachios, Brazil nuts, cashews, macadamia nuts
- Chapter 15 – Avocados
- Chapter 16 – Organic berries
- Chapter 17 – Organic dark green leafy vegetables
- Chapter 18 – Healthy Sweeteners: Real Maple Syrup, Raw honey, Stevia
- Chapter 19 – Healthy REAL Food Energy Bars
- Chapter 20 – Dark Chocolate
- Chapter 21 – Herb Teas
- Chapter 22 – Items to Keep in Your Kitchen
- Chapters 23 – The Transformation Has Begun!
Wow, Mike doesn’t joke around. He tells you everything about everything!
Pro: Exposes certain “Healthy” foods that are really Unhealthy
Food makers seem to be able to do anything they want with very little regulation. There are hundreds of foods that people are consuming regularly that are marketed to you as healthy, but really are not.
Right on the 6th page of the eBook, Mike talks about the processing of foods. Do not skip over this section. You absolutely know how the foods that you eat are being processed and how it effects your body.
Whenever a company tells you something is low-carb, non-fat, low-fat, high protein etc., the food is processed. Our ancestors ate unprocessed foods. We don’t. (Mike will tell you why this is an important distinction).
Con: You May need to Drastically Change your Diet
Most people reading this will be shocked at what they’re eating. I know I was! I thought I ate pretty healthy, but there were a few things I was eating that were absolutely not healthy for me.
For example, the American diet is very heavily based on corn. Corn is a type of grain. Our ancestors whose diets were heavy on grain suffered from high rates of anemia, arthritis, and osteoporosis.
Pro: Written by Two Experts
Another thing I like about this eBook is that it’s written by Mike Geary and Catherine Ebeling. Mike Geary is a world-renowned certified trainer and nutritionist. He is also the author of Truth About Abs (you’ve probably heard of it).
Catherine Ebeling is another certified nutritionist. Obviously not one person knows everything. So, it’s a good idea to team up with someone and create a complete product that answers all of an individual’s questions.
As you can see from the contents posted above, the eBook certainly is packed with a lot of great information. It’s true what they say: two heads are better than one.
Con: Gets Too Scientific…Sometimes
I stated this book was easy to read. It is. But sometimes, actually at a few points, the book gets a bit too scientific. Push yourself through these areas because they are very vital to read.
I suggest reading the entire eBook from front to back, chapter by chapter, line by line. At the end, if there’s something you don’t understand you can always review it.
If there is still something that you need to be cleared up, you can always ask me or shoot an email to Mike. Mike has a great support team ready to answer all your questions.
Pro: You’ll Achieve a leaner and healthier body
It’s not going to be easy, but with Mike’s help you’ll certainly be that much closer to achieving a healthier body. He’s constantly giving you incredible tips throughout the book.
For example, most individuals avoid fats completely when trying to lose weight. The truth is, eating certain fats can actually help you get leaner. Eating the wrong kinds of fats (which most people do) will lead to fat gain, and other health issues.
Another thing people do when trying to lose weight is to switch to artificial sweeteners. These sweeteners can be extremely harmful to the body and have caused numerous side effects (one of the caused excessive urination..what!)
Pro: Includes Video Lessons
The last thing that is so incredible about Mike’s eBook is that he also includes video lessons. Reading something and visually seeing something are two different things.
Mike has teamed up with Isabel (author of The Diet Solution) to give you a series of videos that can be used alongside with the Fat Burning Kitchen. These videos are only for people who purchased the Fat Burning Kitchen.
Overall, Mike’s created an amazing product!
PS – Mike has also includes a great bonus offer to the Fat Burning Kitchen package. Make sure you keep your eyes pealed, and don’t miss The Top 101 Foods that FIGHT Aging. The title says it all. This is a great manual that truly helps you fights the effects of aging. If you’re concerned about making life healthier, longer, and more enjoyable, then this is the resource for you!