True Story: I was at my fitness club’s locker room after a workout, packing up my stuff so I could get to work. I heard a guy in the next row of lockers talking to his friend. They were talking about food, a common topic discussed in most fitness center.
“I don’t care what anybody says,” he proclaimed proudly, “there’s two things that I’m not giving up no matter what: vodka and chocolate.” He and his friend chuckled about it. “Besides,” he stated matter-of-factly, “I figure I just burn it off working out anyway.”
As I packed up and walked out, I passed his row and took a look at Mr. Nutrition Philosopher. It came as no surprise that he was significantly overweight. And yet I see the guy in the gym regularly. In fact, I see him there every morning I’m there, and I go at least 5 or 6 days a week. So if he’s working out regularly, why is he still so overweight? Well that’s easy to figure out, and it has something to do with chocolate and vodka. And… his attitude about his nutrition.
There’s a lesson here, people. It’s that you can’t out-train a bad diet. One of the common mistakes that people make – and that I made myself in the past, which led to me gaining 35 unneeded pounds – is to fall into the mind-set that working out somehow gives you a Get Out of Jail Free Card when it comes to eating whatever you want. The fact is that to get into excellent shape, to be healthy, and to maintain a high level of energy, you have to fuel your body appropriately. Food is fuel for your body, and it’s tonic to help you refresh and recover from exercise and cardio sessions. And when you dial in your nutrition properly, it will actually enhance and accelerate the fat-burning, body transformation process. But you have to be honest and real about it. You can’t fall into the mindset that it’s ok to eat candy or junk food, that giant chicken fried steak, some sort of decadent dessert, and wash it down with a few pints of beer, because you work out every day and “you’ll just burn it off.”
As JD points out in his book, nutrition is 80% of the equation. Take it seriously and you’ll make excellent progress in reaching your fitness goals; blow it off and you’ll likely tread water or regress.
The Get Fit, Lean, and Keep Your Day Job program provided all the right info for me to plan my meals and create a simple, sustainable nutrition plan that has gotten me – and kept me – in the best shape of my life. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you have a hall pass on eating healthy just because you’re exercising regularly. Spend the necessary time and effort dialing in your nutrition and I guarantee it’ll turbocharge your results! So let me know how your plan is going.
About the author:
Steve Welch is a medical publishing professional who Got Fit, Lean and Kept His Day Job at the ripe old age of 50. If he can do it, so can you.