I shot a video blog for tumbl-argh in response to a couple of posts that kept showing up on my dash, to the effect of “the real challenges are in the kitchen, not in the gym” and “exercise is the easy part, eating right is the hard part” and so on.
No. Just no.
There’s a heap of similar ones that do have an element of truth to them, but really, the importance of nutrition is grossly over estimated most of the time. It’s true enough that “you can’t out train a bad diet”, but that doesn’t mean “you aint gonna achieve shit without a one gazillion percent perfect meal plan” either.
In fact… I’m going to go out on a limb and say, potentially, you CAN out train a bad diet. Not a TERRIBLE one mind you… but what’s “bad” or excessive for an inactive, sedentary person might hypothetically be about the right amount of fuel for the same person with a more active livestyle. Probably not though, and if you really want results you’re going to want to pay attention to the balance of macronutrients, fibre content, and you should ensure you’re getting a broad spectrum of micronutritients through plenty of nice fresh fruits and vegetables. And the whole lot should add up to an amount suitable to maintain your healthy goal weight while taking your lifestyle and training into account.
That probably sounds more complicated that it was supposed to. In real life, it’s not so complicated. Look, just watch the video, and then read what I said to the nice people on tumblr.
The true challenges are in the gym, not in the kitchen.
Eating right is NOT the hard part. Trying to eat as little as possible, restricting your choices of foods, cutting out anything you enjoy but isn’t “clean” or “paleo” enough… that’s hard, but unnecessary.
The problem is you’re still “exercising to burn calories”, and not “training to utilise calories”. There is a massive difference between these two concepts. When you train strategically to build the best physical representation of your genetic potential; #1 your energy requirements go UP. That means not just “you can eat more” but “you had BETTER eat more”. When that total calorie requirement goes up, there is more room for flexibility in your food choices. More room for enjoyment and indulgence, and you know that your body will put every gram to good use.
Like I say in the video… ask any one of the girls I coach, who happen to be the same girls I see you all reblogging talking about how amazing they look and how they have your goal body. Go ahead and ask them how hard or how easy it was to stick to the nutrition guidelines I gave them that directly resulted in the awesome figures you’re so envious of.
Train hard, eat easy.
That’s what I think. It’s what I know.