On Saturday morning I was walking home from the gym when I passed by a young women – about 28 years old – who was talking on her Iphone.
And I heard her say, “I’m going for a walk now to get some exercise because I’m going out for a bad dinner tonight.”
And I just wanted to yell, “No – no – no – no – no! That doesn’t work. It never has, it never will.”
You can’t out-cardio a bad diet.
Every woman I’ve ever met has made this mistake and had that “cardio confessional mindset” at one time or another – and it goes for most of the guys I know, too.
Unfortunately, at best, this poor girl will probably burn an extra 300-500 calories during her walk – if it’s a really, really long walk. But at dinner, she’s likely to eat 400-700 calories during the appetizer or consume that in liquid calories alone!
(NOTE: By “bad dinner”, I’m guessing she meant a high-calorie meal, and not a pity date with a deadbeat ex-boyfriend.)
The bottom line is that a single cardio session will not beat a bad diet.
Now you might be thinking, “At least it’s better than nothing.”
But is it?
Remember, as I’ve mentioned in the past, one British study found that some people OVEREAT in response to cardio exercise.
So when dinner comes around, this poor girl might think, “Oh, I did that long walk today, so I can treat myself to a bigger dinner or dessert.”
The only thing that comes close to beating a bad diet is interval training and resistance training.
Back in 2007, an Australian research study on interval training was getting a LOT of press for the surprising results. In the study, women who did interval training were able to lose belly fat without changing their diet.
In fact, one subject, named Louise, said this:
“My diet was pretty bad back then, with lots of sweets, lots of junk food…doughnuts and sugar — it was awful.”
And yet by the end of this study, interval training helped Louise burn 8kg of fat in just 15 weeks – WITHOUT changing her diet.
Perhaps it IS POSSIBLE for you to out-train a bad diet – but only if you use interval training.
And that’s just another reason Turbulence Training is based on this specific type of fat burning exercise.
So here’s what you need to do:
2) Stick to your simple Turbulence Training lifestyle nutrition plan 90% of the time and then enjoy your 10% reward meals GUILT-FREE.
3) Use interval training to burn the fat and resistance training to sculpt your body.
It’s that simple – a 3-step system for fat loss success that is guaranteed to work every time.
Enjoy guilt-free eating and fat loss with this mindset.
Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
Author, Turbulence Training