When I used to work in an office, a lot my colleagues knew about my competitive weightlifting career. They used to ask me all kinds of questions about working out and nutrition:
- “How do I lose my spare tire?”
- “Why do you drink so much water?”
- And my personal favorite, “How much ya bench?”
These questions always brought a smile to my face and I usually replied with a wise ass answer like: “I drink so much water to drown my feelings”. This won’t surprise you as you get to know me better.
The number of questions about nutrition people asked me was astounding, yet there was always a disconnect. Most people did not realize that diet affected so many aspects of their day-to-day life like their energy, focus, sleep, mood, and job performance.
Most of us associate getting in shape with running, lifting, or both.
Now don’t get me wrong. Exercise is essential for good health and toning your body.
But in the past 3 years, I’ve traveled this country visiting over 400 gyms. I’ve met thousands of people and sold protein to everyone from professional football players, college athletes, high level crossfitters, international level weightlifters, doctors, lawyers, and moms of 3.
And no matter who I was talking to, everyone told me something like this, “I’ll start taking protein when I get into shape.”
I had to laugh.
Why is the treadmill more of a priority than the stuff that goes into our body EVERY FEW HOURS? We eat multiple times a day and it affects how we look and feel so much more than a workout.
You can miss workouts, but you can’t stop eating. Period.
So really, why do we spend $150+ to be part of a nice gym or $60 on beers without thinking, but bitch and moan when a good, healthy lunch costs $15?
No matter what anyone tells you, you can work out as much as want, but without good nutrition, you won’t see much improvement.
In other words, you can’t out train a bad diet.
One of the things we say at Strengthlete is this: your fitness is determined not by the 1 hour in the gym, but the other 23 hours in the day.
1 hour in the gym, 23 hours out.
What do you think you have to pay more attention to?
If you’re not convinced, take a look at this:
These are what we believe are the pillars of fitness.
At the very bottom of this pyramid you’ll see nutrition. It’s the foundation of ALL AND ANY fitness. It doesn’t matter if you’re only walking a mile or running a marathon…
Nutrition Comes First.
In case it’s not clear yet, here’s my point: start in the kitchen. Not the gym.
So what does that look like?
Well, it starts with a step. And that first step is to identify where you are. From there we can build a bridge to where you’re going.
I can help you each step of the way. We have built a system, regardless of your age, gender, or activity level to help you lose weight, gain energy, or build muscle.
Regardless of which level you’re at, you can reach your goals with the right tools and support. That’s what each of our systems offers.
Get them. Read them. Apply the insights. Get better everyday.
To learn more about my anti-diet approach to weight loss, start with the workshop below.