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January18th

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You Can Out Train Your Diet

It’s not a popular sentiment to say this, but you can out train your diet.  People have done it for thousands of years and people do it today. I have seen hundreds of people do it.  Just not popular to say that if you are selling a nutrition program, idea or fitness lifestyle.

The problem is that most can’t train that hard.  The time, dedication and work ethic are things most people don’t have.  They have jobs and other hobbies/parts of their life that are more important than training.  There is no shame in that – you can still be very successful (insanely) and not dedictate EVERY moment of your life to training.  But you can out train your diet.

There are two things you CAN’T out train – your past and your age.  If you grow up fat and never learned how to eat correctly, you can’t out train that without a proper diet.  This is a good reason to teach your children GOOD (not great, good) eating habits at a young age.  They won’t have to suffer from a life time of self-esteem issues, relationship issues, a hampered social life in high school and really, being an all-around drama king/queen about their fucking body.  If you are 18 years old and you don’t know what healthy foods are and what they aren’t, your parents have failed you.

Age is another thing that is impossible to out train without a healthy diet.  Eating like shit will catch up to you eventually – either in the waist or in the doctor’s office.  Not to mention joint pain, stomach problems, reflux, etc. At a certain point, you should eat like a grown up.

Yes there are exceptions to these rules, but using them to prove your point only proves the biggest one of all.

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4 Comments

  • Comment by brendon ibarra — January 18, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

    This is a great point Jim. Both my wife and I grew up being over weight and were not taught when to say when or what things were better to eat then just junk food. Having 3 & 2 year old daughters running around now were both very conscience of what foods we are bringing into the house. The lessons are being learned though, typically the 3 year old will respond when asked what she wants for a snack..”Something healthy”. Between the two of them one of their favorite foods is grilled broccoli.

  • Comment by Chris Daniels — January 19, 2012 @ 9:46 pm

    Thanks Jim, what you said in your post needed to be said. I’ve been weighing up whether to give in and join the calorie-counting masses and try and follow a diet, or just focus on conditioning more and eating reasonably well. More hill sprints or farmers walks will make me a better man than counting my goddamn calories. And at the end of the day, it’s easier to train harder than micro-manage what I eat.
    Thanks man

  • Comment by Penn — January 20, 2012 @ 9:16 am

    Saying “you can’t out-train your diet” is pretty meaningless. I mean, if you ate nothing but skittles and sticks of butter you wouldn’t be able to make any headway in your training. But if you eat like Vincent Dizenzo you can get stronger.

  • Comment by Brad Gatens — May 9, 2012 @ 10:23 pm

    Professional athletes are notorious for their poor diets. Yet they seem to out-train lousy eating habits.

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