Tuesday, March 31, 2009

You Cannot Out Train a Poor Diet!

How many times have I said this? If the video below doesn't convince you, I'm not sure what will.

Tomorrow is April 1, so stay tuned for upcoming details on the April Turbulence Training for Abs program. It's no joke!

In the meantime, you can easily access Craig's other YouTube videos here.

Train hard; stay strong.



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16 Responses to "You Cannot Out Train a Poor Diet!"
  1. nataliemd said...
    March 31, 2009 at 3:37 PM

    Thanks for this post. I can definitely vouch for this concept. In an attempt to bust through a three month weight-loss plateau, I was working out 10 hours or more per week. However, I still wasn't seeing a decrease in my weight.

    Thanks to your advice, I eliminated some poor nutrition choices from my diet, started the Turbulence Training program and have now seen a 3lb loss in two weeks.

    For the first time in awhile, I'm enjoying my workouts and due to the healthier food choices I'm making, I have so much more energy to get me through my workouts and the rest of the day.

    Thank you for all of the great information and for being so willing to help.

  2. Susan said...
    March 31, 2009 at 5:57 PM

    Natalie, it's been my pleasure! I couldn't be happier that you've been able to break your plateau by using Turbulence Training!!

    Definitely keep everyone posted on your progress. What program are you doing now?

  3. nataliemd said...
    March 31, 2009 at 11:08 PM

    I've decided to continue with Turbulence Training. It's exactly what I need right now - a quick workout with amazing results. I still have 5 lbs to reach my original weight loss goal, but after doing one month of Turbulence Training, I'm confidant that I'll be able to lose another 3-5 lbs after that.
    And of course I would be happy to give updates on my progress.

  4. tammymc3793 said...
    April 1, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    Wow! Great post, this really illustrates how important diet really is to getting fit! Thanks

  5. Susan said...
    April 2, 2009 at 10:18 PM

    Glad you enjoyed that video Tammy ... I agree. This video really does cut to the chase!

  6. SmoketheBlowfish said...
    April 6, 2009 at 1:54 PM

    Susan, great post. I could never imagine Brad Pilon munching on a pizza though. 85-90% of getting in shape/fatloss is all about one's diet.

    later, mikez

  7. Susan said...
    April 6, 2009 at 7:21 PM

    Mike, I was surprised to see Brad chomping on that pizza too! Must have been a non-fast day ;)

  8. Arnþór L. Arnarson said...
    April 8, 2009 at 9:35 AM

    Oh my! This is one of the dumbest videos on exercise I yet seen.

    What are those guys trying to prove?

    That you can add on calories faster than you can run them of? Oh boy! Those guys should get a Nobel price.

  9. Susan said...
    April 8, 2009 at 9:46 AM

    I actually found this to be an excellent visualization on just why you cannot out-train a poor diet. I see people super-sizing food portions all the time with their reasoning being, "it's ok, I'll just work it off at the gym".

  10. Arnþór L. Arnarson said...
    April 8, 2009 at 6:13 PM

    Well they something like "to tell how much of a joke cardio is" early in the video.

    And it it this message that I disagree with, and not because I just feel like it, it is just plain wrong.

    For clueless noobs to get this kind of message is just hurtful to their long term progress. Cardio done right is a really powerful tool, and has a much greater potential for calorie burn than strength training alone.

    This cardio bashing is just like the newest hype. And all this talk about HIIT training, is just repackaging of cardio as something new and sexy. Well it is just the same old stuff as it always was. And it works! :D

    These guys need to go back to school. ;)

  11. Susan said...
    April 9, 2009 at 9:34 AM

    Yes, the video takes a somewhat flip approach, but ultimately I feel the video does a good job in regards to highlighting the importance nutrition plays towards reaching ones goals.

    In regards to cardio in general, clearly the type of cardio one does (HIIT vs Steady State) is dependent on an individuals overall goals.

    Yes, you can argue that HIIT is a version of 'repackaged' cardio -- but from a physiological perspective, an individuals body will react differently to a HIIT workout than a steady-state workout.

    Does this make one type of cardio better than another? It depends on an individuals overall goals.

    On a message board I participate in there's one fellow who is struggling to build muscle, yet refuses to stop doing HIIT 3x/week.

    On the other hand, I see the same (overweight) woman at my local gym on the elliptical machine several times per week (for 60 minutes at a time), and she doesn't look any slimmer now than she did in October.

    Personally, my goal is to continue to lower my bodyfat. I run HIIT intervals 2x week and add 1 steady-state cardio session for cardiovascular health once per week.

  12. Arnþór L. Arnarson said...
    April 9, 2009 at 11:09 AM

    I consider both SS and HIIT to be cardio.

    And yes people tend to want to make mistakes.

    The thing is that to me cardio is a very complex thing, much more than SS or HIIT. I think in zones and lactate thresholds, VO2max and such things. Cardio done right will work. Also for the girl who is in love with her elliptical. But put a HR monitor on her and look at her intensity I would bet money on that her intensity is close to zero.

    In general I think elliptical should just be used for people with sensitive joints, its not some thing I would use for long term results.

    The thing with cardio is that so many people are doing it wrong, but just don't know it. I would compare it with people lifting on the wrong rep range, and then throwing up their hands and saying "weightlifting is useless!" because they see no real results.

  13. Anonymous said...
    August 18, 2009 at 10:05 AM

    This is a joke right?!? This has to be the stupidest concept ever. Of course you can consume calories faster than you burn them but you are not constantly consuming calories now are you?

    Even while sleeping you are burning calories so whats the big deal. You could eat that whole pizza every day (if thats all you ate) and still lose weight.

    Yet another stupid diet concept brought to you by the internet.

  14. Prashant Poojara said...
    September 9, 2009 at 1:57 AM

    You lose calories breathing, sitting, standing, working on the computer, sleeping, walking and exercizing. We need to take into account all the calories that we expend and not just those lost in bursts of exercizes you demonstrated. I am sure, that will balance out the pizza calories. Of course good nutrition is a must. Pizzas can be good nutrition too if prepared with the 'right' ingredients.

  15. Susan said...
    September 9, 2009 at 7:57 AM

    @Prashant, you're correct that we do burn calories throughout the day as energy is used for normal body function. Those calories are accounted for when determining ones BMI. Unfortunately, they do not come close to accounting for the excess calories we eat via super-sized portions. If they did, we wouldn't be in the middle of an obesity epidemic here in the US.

  16. Anonymous said...
    November 19, 2009 at 3:13 PM

    While this video does demonstrate how quickly you can consume calories it doesn't really get the whole picture

    1) The majority of your calories are burned at rest, besides raising your metabolic rate cardio only dents your overall caloric consumption per day

    2) Minute to minute comparison isn't appropriate at all. Most people will work out 40 - 70 minutes in one session

    The point should be it's easier to loose weight by eating less than it is by going to the gym. Understanding your metabolism is the only way you'll get thin.


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