True or False – 5 Workout myths – Can you out train a bad diet?

Hi all, sorry it has been a while since I have been posting. I have recently started my studying to become a Personal Trainer. It’s been much more intense than I thought it would be, I mean, who would have thought that the thing responsible for fat is the bone! Yes, that’s right, the yellow bone marrow produces Triglycerides which promotes the fat build up!

Anyway, I’m going to run a series of True or False – 5 commonly believed workout myths. (Thanks to @TheLondonFella on Twitter for the idea!)

I’m going to start off with whether or not you can out train a bad diet. It’s worth noting that this is based on anecdotal evidence using my own body as a test subject.

This breaks down into two main areas, Cardio and Resistance Training.


Cardio involves any form of walking, jogging, cycling, swimming etc.

So can you out train a bad diet with a lot of cardio? Well, I hate to say it but yes, you can. It all comes down to energy expenditure – Builders and Mechanics do it all the time. Seriously, how many builders do you know with a ridiculous diet of fish and chips, pub lunches and a curry to end the day, not to mention all the beer they drink! Somehow, they manage to keep the fat away. Well, in most cases that is. Unfortunately, it usually catches them up in the older ages.

So how do they do it? That’s simple, they are on their feet all day, working hard and burning plenty of calories. That’s why somebody that works in an office couldn’t sustain the same sort of eating habits without piling on the fat. One way I used to get around the bad diet (back when I worked at McDonalds, eating Big Macs every day) is by walking to work. That half an hour walk without any additional calorie intake helped me burn an extra 400 calories per day and triggered some weight loss.

So yes, you can out train a bad diet when it comes to cardio and weight loss.

Resistance Training

This one is a bit more tricky, yes you can out train a bad diet using just resistance training but you will never reach a substantial level without eating a high protein diet.

You aren’t going to get big eating crap and hoping for the best, there is a lot of both anecdotal and study based evidence suggesting that you need the right kind of diet to promote muscle growth. You have to think, you need testosterone to build muscle and with all the processed foods of today, a lot of the foods promote the hormone oestrogen, the opposite of testosterone.

Simply speaking, yes you can but eventually, you are going to stall and you’ll need to change your diet.

Thanks for reading this weeks post on theĀ 5 commonly believed workout myths. Come back next week to hear some more on this!

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