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5 Reasons why you can’t out train a poor diet

5 reasons you can’t out-train a bad diet

Ok so, you may be hitting it harder than every in the gym but the weight and muscle tone just isn’t happening. Are you one of those people that go all-out in the gym but are all too happy to reward yourself with an absolute feast afterwards? Unfortunately the saying ‘you can’t out-train a bad diet’ is true.
In this post we are going to examine the reasons why no matter how hard your training and how dedicated you are to smashing out new personal bests in the gym, if your diets bad then you are hugely inhibiting your progress.

2. Inhibiting your recovery and GAINZ

If you aren’t rewarding your body with the correct proteins, carbohydrates, nutrients, vitamins and minerals it needs after it has trained then it simply won’t recover. Your muscles won’t grow and repair and you could be potentially overfilling your glycogen stores or not replenishing them effectively. After a workout your body will need healthy carbs, and fast acting protein. If you fill it full of cheat-style meals then you aren’t doing yourself any favours.

2. You wont have enough energy to reap the benefits of your training

On the flip side of the coin, if you aren’t eating enough of the good stuff and you are skipping meals then you are not sufficiently fuelling your body to train effectively. If you aren’t eating enough healthy carbohydrate sources then you will feel lethargic and tired and you sure wont be getting the most out of your workouts. A very restrictive eating plan, paired with hard-core exercise, could leave you leaning on muscle mass for energy. Nail your pre and post workout nutrition to get the most out of your training and post-workout recovery.

3. Naughty food choices

Are you into snacking on potato chips, biscuits and chocolate to name but a few?  whether you’re eating too much fat, too many calories, or not enough of either, both can make you feel demotivated and less driven to exercise. Food nutrition  and exercise are a constant feedback loop which will keep rewarding you if you get right. If you eat well, you are motivated to exercise, and when you exercise, you are more motivated to eat nutritious and beneficial foods. If you were partaking in a low-carb, high-fat diet it could weaken training adaptations and hinder performance.

4. You really are what you eat

Not all calories are created equal. Thinking of your body as a nutrient bank where you just cash in and check out calories neglects the fact your hormones matter most for lasting fat loss. What you eat signals hormones to store or burn fat, boost or crash metabolism, and build or break down muscle. Having a McDonalds or a fast food choice after training will give you an insulin spike but wont keep you feeling full and give you a sustained release of energy and will play havoc with your insulin levels and fat burning potential. Always choose a healthy balanced meal with a lean protein and a slow digesting carb like quinoa or sweet potato.

5. You probably aren’t a professional athlete

Unfortunately for you, you probably aren’t a professional athlete so slamming in carbs all the time because you train really isn’t the way forward. Athletes are about the only type of people who can eat large quantities of high calorie foods and get away with it- why? Because their metabolisms are on FIRE and they are burning an excess of calories every single day.

Reward your body with training and food. The two go hand in hand. If you are putting in all this effort training give your body the diet it deserves. Healthy and nutritious! You can’t out-train a bad diet because if you think you’re getting away with it on the outside, you wont be on the inside!