You Can’t Out Exercise a Bad Diet: Here’s a Smarter Approach
I used to think I could eat whatever I liked because I exercised everyday. It was a nice idea in theory, but who was I kidding? An hour of moving dumbbells around wasn’t going to offset the slab of chocolate I’d eaten for breakfast. Never mind the pizza I ate for lunch or the three beers I drank instead of dinner.I was in my early twenties at the time, nutrition wasn’t foremost on my mind. All I wanted to know was how long it takes to get ripped and whether free weights were better than machines for muscle tone and definition.My diet is much healthier nowadays and I’ve also traded my gym gear for yoga pants, but until a couple of years ago my late night snacking habit was still in full swing. I was working out like a demon though, so no harm, no foul, right?Um, no. The truth is, the harder you train, the better you have to eat. When you’re putting your body through its paces at the gym or racking up mileage on the road, you’re asking a lot of it. It’s going to need a serious nutrient top-up in return.A bag of Reece’s Pieces for breakfast isn’t going to aid the recovery process. And for that matter, neither is eating a plate of cookies after dinner (even if they are vegan). Your body needs to be free from junk so it can work on digesting the good stuff you’ve eaten.