A lovely question a CP team member asked me last week
And in a rapid, comedic type response I dropped the knowledge bomb with laser guided precision
I have to say it was that sharp I did impress myself!
It sounds so simple though, so obvious?
But the reality is, our experience coaching real world people, athletes and the science studying it shows, if you want loose body fat for whatever reason, you can’t out train your nutrition
If it’s for sporting reasons like running, cycling or rugby, reducing the excess load you carry can have startling positive benefits on performance
And without going in to depth, the wonders that reducing the blubber has on self, esteem, confidence and ‘life performance’ is monumental
And do you know what?
I hold my personal hands up and say I’ve been guilty of this as its so easy to do without consciously realising (sure thing, I’m not batman, I’m human)
Even many of the pro athletes we coached for years also held out hope they could out dilute the booze, chocy and takeaways with training (oh boy do I have some stories!)…but it never worked
The key thing
Let me illustrate this to HELP YOU, some simple, but easily over looked data:
- You burn on average 2500 calories a day / 15,000 calories a week
- You expend on average an extra 250 calories a day on average when you add on training
That’s means 17,500 calories burned a week in total
- You have your normal meals and snacks over the week to easily match your 2500 daily / 15,000 weekly calories, meaning you’ve matched your calories expended minus exercise
- You however still gobble up 2 costa brownies, 4 pints, 2 glasses of wine, 2 starbucks caramel lattes and a chick chow mien and fried rice, over the week
That totals: ~3000 calories
- Add this on top of your normal nutrition that = 18,000 calories
SO, calories out ~18,000, calories in ~18,000 – The results = No change in body fat
I could pretend its down to the:
The wrong supplements
The wrong GI foods
Allergies to food
BUT more often than not, in fact 99% of the time, the reason is the one above.
But realise too, you could have SOME of those treats and still tip the balance in favour of loosing body fat over the long term (e.g. just treat yourself to the booze)
First port of call with anything nutrition and body composition related should be this energy intake/expenditure see-saw
Dave ‘sitting favourably on the see saw currently’ Cripps