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Does a diet matter if I work out a lot?

There is a common saying that goes, “you can’t outwork a bad diet.” While some people may be able to physically put themselves in a caloric deficit (although this may be extremely difficult), there is a more serious underlying message. The real question here would be to ask yourself what are your goals are. If your goal is to simply look good, then there is a possibility that through a strenuous effort, you may be able to outwork a bad diet in the short run. In the long run, you may be running yourself down an extremely unhealthy pathway. Many people are malnourished from the lack of vitamins and minerals in a poor diet even though they may be in a calorie surplus.

Many experts will say the diet is anywhere from 70-80% of the overall equation in fitness goals. The diet is what fuels your muscles during a workout! Not only does the diet fuel your body, but proper energy can fuel your mind, leading to more productivity during a day at work. Who doesn’t want that? While some can look good while eating cheeseburgers daily, these people are simply not getting the vitamins and minerals necessary for the body.

Everyone has seen the charts of how far someone would have to run to work off a Big Mac or even something as small as a bite-sized candy bar. Taking in junk calories is going to wreak havoc on your body and your overall performance. One hundred calories of pizza rolls is not as beneficial as one hundred calories of an apple, spinach, almond butter, cheese, etc. You will be incredibly surprised at the difference in your energy, sleep, brain activity, and exercise programing if you fuel your body with the right food! Start with a small goal like (1) Removing sugary breakfast options from the cupboard or (2) Not buying any frozen processed foods at the grocery store.

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