You’ve heard this a lot lately, I’m sure: “You can’t out run a bad diet” or “You can’t out run your fork.” And then you hear the flip side, “It’s okay, I ran 3 miles, so it doesn’t count” or “I just <insert any activity> so I can eat what ever I want.” Sorry, nope. You can’t. That is not how it works. It might make you feel better, but it doesn’t work that way. Justify it however you want, but you cannot out exercise your bad life choices. Time to put down your fast food and get that giant truth bomb through your head.
The entire point of nutrition is to feed your body what it needs for fuel. It’s not about hand offs and it is also not a bank account where you can take away from it and add to it, with just numbers. You ever hear the phrase quantity vs. quality? Because there is great truth there, when it comes to food. More than anyone in your US food system wants you to think about. Your food needs to be nutritionally dense, and the fact of the matter is we just don’t have much of a food system that backs that up anymore. Instead, you have been fed calorically bad lies about intake and outtake, that make absolutely no sense.
What does that mean? In a nutshell, it means just because you ran 10 miles you don’t get to eat a burger with a bun, with fries and a milkshake and bibbity, bobby, boo, it’s gone. That is not how it works. It’s science. And there is not one little bit of rationalization in your mind that can change that.
Well, running does not convert your so-called food to being nutritionally dense, and it does not zero out the fact that you fed your body chemically-laden poison that actually makes your organs revolt in the process. And if you only eat this junk, because you think the magic of exercise makes it okay to skip veggies and eggs, and instead eat junk food, fast food, and drink soda, YOU ARE JUST WRONG. Because science.
Science, science, science.
You cannot properly fuel your body without REAL food. And cross fit, running, cycling, etc. do not allow you to skip it. It’s a whole picture idea. You actually need to do both. Yes, you do. In fact, to properly do any of these things, you need that real food. And also, if you ate really well all of the time, or even just a good deal of the time, you’d actually be able to exercise less. You still need it, but not in the way some of you plow your way through drive-thrus 5 days a week, and spend your waking hours trying to erase a ton of bad energy you’ve added to your system.
So when I hear people tell me it is okay to drink a frappucino or give their kids Cheetos, just because they are active, I die a little inside. We are so brainwashed by the “Weight Watchers Culture” of counting calories/points/volume and not ingredients or nutrition, that we don’t even get it anymore. So many of you also think you, as an adult, need to be healthy because you are pushing middle-age, but can feed your kids junk, because they “have time” or “need to have fun.” Whoa, I call B.S.
And don’t get me started on what some of you are calling your “cheat days” or “cheat meals.”
Here’s what I wish we’d all grow up and learn to say, “I want this, so I am going to have it.” Or “I’m just lazy and I am lying to myself.” Not rationalize it, or count it as part of your points and then negate a salad because it might have too many points instead. I mean, it’s just a choice. But let’s all get out of the mindset of exercising our way out of a bag of chips. Instead, let’s eat a big ole salad, add in a quality piece of protein, a smart carb, and then say, “I really want this frappucino and I am not going to lie to myself that I can walk around the block and erase the effects from it ever hurting my body.” Too harsh? Sorry, that’s a reality.
No matter what, nutrition, nutrition, nutrition, should be the forefront of your food choices, because it matters. Not WW points, calories, or your weekly weigh-in. Quality vs. quantity, my friends. It’s a real thing. Go forth and eat right.