You Can’t Train a Bad Diet!

The above picture is a big plate of steak and parmesan cheese that I had for my 30th Birthday. While many would hemorage their sides with either disgust at the apparent amount of fat consumed in this sitting or the apparent negativity towards excessive red meat consumption when approaching nutrition you have to be more pragmatic between the line of good food/ bad food.

The thing I find with the clients that I work with is that nutritional behaviours are harder to change than exercise behaviors. Exercise can be scheduled, simply all you need to do is turn up (well that’s what I say to my clients at Results FAST).

Diet in itself has been confused by the media with super foods, fads, poor under qualified trainers advice etc. dominating the media message. Diets in general work if they provide a calorific defecit. Exercise programmes work if excessive calories are burnt than consumed. Starvation based diets though are not necessary and this is where sensible nutrition and structured exercise become the focus of the way I work. The overall message of health first has been lost beyond anything else- if you are not healthy and taking care of your nutritional needs then your training will suck or be non existent.

While activity helps calorie burning it takes a around 45 minutes of exercise to balance an excessive surplus of 300 calories. Simply if you have consumed an excessive amount of food you will not lose fat… Period!

While using an example of calories this is generally one for the professionals. Eating the right things at the right time in the right amounts is the best way to deliver improvements on weight loss or indeed performance. In the following articles I will detail the nutritional practices that I generally advise and how to apply them without using a calcultor to calorie count most importantly I might even talk about how you can consume plates of steak and cheese… well at least once a year!

I’ll kick of in the next few days discussing protein and why I see this as the ideal place to put your diet together…

Published by ianmellis

Ian Mellis MSc. CSCS is the co-founder of Results FAST ( in Ware, Hertfordshire. Specialising in athletic development, physique improvement and injury rehabilitation he provides personal training, strength and conditioning and nutrition coaching for motivated exercisers and those looking to make a long term change to their health, fitness and performance.

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