Can You Outwork A Bad Diet?

As I go through some CrossFit Training Guides just to refresh my own knowledge. I came upon something that is very relevant and I thought I should share this with everyone. 

I often will hear someone say, "I eat bad but that's why I do X." Here is an example, "I eat a lot of pizza on weekends but I make up for it by running 10 miles on Sunday." That always strikes me as weird and counter productive. We should have our nutrition work WITH our goals, not AGAINST our goals. 

Take the CrossFit Level I manual for example. According to Greg Glassman (Founder and CEO of CrossFit), nutrition is the FOUNDATION of fitness. That means it comes before everything. Yes, that means it comes before those fancy Nike Romaleo 3's you want to drop $$$ on. 

As someone who has always been an athlete and worked VERY hard to out-train my bad diet, I know that it is not possible. Especially, if you get injured or if you are so busy you can't make it to the gym. What happens to your pizza and beer habit then?

That is exactly what happened to me when I started CrossFit in 2009. I did six CrossFit classes a week, I also ran every single night. Yet, I was "chubby" and I could not for the life of me figure out what was wrong. Oh yeah, did I mention that I was eating paleo? I ate clean, trained a lot, and did not drink any alcohol. Well, I should have realized that eating out every Saturday was not helping me at all. Oh, also, probably should not have been eating all the almond butter and coconut oil. But as long as it is paleo, I was alright, right? 

Now I know better that my genetics were not at fault, neither was my training. It was my nutrition that I thought I had figured out. 

Practicing CrossFit without any regard to nutrition is similar to only having “one oar in the water
— Greg Glassman

The former rower in me can tell you what happens when you have one oar in the water, if you didn't know - you go in circles. 

So it boggles my mind when athletes work so hard at the box only to "waste" all those hours of sweat and effort by not getting their nutrition in order. I know that it can be scary to actually own your nutrition, yes that includes figuring out your weekends! However, if you are a CrossFitter or anyone who is putting some time into working out and you are not paying attention to your nutrition then you ought to START as soon as possible. 

There are a lot of programs that people want to do, from gymnastics to extra conditioning work, to weightlifting, just keep in mind that without a good nutritional FOUNDATION you are going in a lot of circles.