You Can't Out-Train a Bad Diet

I think everyone I know is on a quest to get in shape, trim down, town up, or drop a few pounds.  It actually consumes peoples’ lives to a point where it’s all they think about.  They’re constantly on a diet, eating plan, or exercise regimen.  There are literally thousands of plans and schools of thought out there on diet and exercise to lose weight and get it shape but one thing is certain, you can’t out-train a bad diet. 

 I’ve worked with a trainer off an on for several years and this is something he drills into his clients’ heads.  It’s also a common theme on blog posts, in books, and in articles but it doesn’t seem to get through to a lot of people.  I’ve also experienced this first hand myself.  When I exercise and eat right, I see much better results than when I just exercise and pay no attention to what I consume.

 Studies have shown that weight loss is 80% diet and 20% exercise.  It’s a proven fact that if you eat junk you’re not going to get in shape (okay, I know there are exceptions to every rule, but generally speaking this is accurate).   While I don’t recommend this, you can lose more weight by eating clean and not exercising than exercising and eating junk.  Ideally, you’ll eat clean AND exercise. 

 So if you’re hitting the gym like a mad man (or woman) and not seeing results, check your diet.  Chances are, revising what you eat will do the trick.  If you’ve traded your lunchtime fast food for a homemade salad but are loading it with bacon bits, cheese, and ranch dressing, that’s not a whole lot better than a cheeseburger. 

 If you’re happy with your body and simply exercise so that you can eat whatever you want and stay the same weight, then more power to you.  I know a few people that are this lucky but unfortunately for the majority of the U.S. population, the body we have isn’t the body we want.  So put the fries and cheeseburger down and see how the scale, and your waistline, responds.