Can You Out Train a Bad Diet?

by | Mar 17, 2023

You actually can out train a bad diet.

Remember the show Hard Knocks?

It’s basically an inside look at one NFL team during training camp and preseason.

Mel and I watched this past season with the Lions and it’s still highly entertaining.

Here’s how one athlete out trained a bad diet

There was a season several years ago with the Cincinnati Bengals back when Chad Johnson (aka Chad Ochocinco) played.

Not only was he an incredible talent but he was hilarious.

I’ll never forget when he was talking about his diet during that show. It consisted mainly of McDonald’s.

We’re talking about an athlete in the prime of his career who can perform at the highest level and stay lean and fit while eating almost exclusively fast food.

So yeah … out training a bad diet can be done. I know of several athletes who consume upwards of 7-8,000 calories per day based on their activity.

But I’m guessing you’re not getting drafted by any NFL teams this April and you probably don’t have the time (or the desire) to out train a bad diet.

I’m not going to sit here and tell you to eat better.

I’m going to explain why it’s easier and more effective to eat smarter and train smarter.

What does eating and training smarter mean?

To me, eating smarter means fueling your body adequately enough to support daily activities, performance (in or out of the gym), and life stressors.

It also means eating for health and how quality food makes you feel.

If you check those two boxes and follow through on them for a long ass time, you’ll be light years ahead of most.

Now … the training side.

Training smarter seems to be a concept that most people struggle with.

They often think more is better. More is not better. More is more. Better is better.

You can do some mind blowing things to your body with proper training and recovery.

Assuming you have a goal of getting leaner, more toned, more fit, more athletic, or to look better naked …

Then you’re going to need some form of strength training.

You are not going to achieve the body you desire with cardio alone (or group classes like OTF or F45).

For your body to change the way you want it to, you need to challenge your muscles and provide enough of a stimulus to elicit change.

That means 100% effort and intensity with each session.

When you read that, I hope your brain immediately thinks … well .. if I’m supposed to give 100% effort and intensity with each session than I damn well better not train 7 days per week.


Training smarter probably looks like 3-5 days per week.

And the goal isn’t simply to push for more volume all the time.

Yes, you want progressive overload built into your program but there are other ways of making improvements.

You can improve technique and you can see neurological improvements. You can work on imbalances.

The way that most programs are designed, in my experience, is just work for the sake of work.

Which isn’t inherently wrong or bad. If your goal is to just move and you don’t really care about changing your physique, then cool. Just go through the motions.

Do a bunch of exercises without any consideration for the program design and intent.

Quality programming works wonders for your body composition.

And it shouldn’t require anything from you other than going into each session with 100% focus, effort, and intensity. The program design should do the heavy lifting (maybe a poor choice of words since, ya know, you should actually be lifting heavy).

Allow yourself the proper recovery. Fuel smarter. And you’ll be blown away at how your shape changes.

A well designed program can help you with underdeveloped body parts. It can make you look significantly leaner without much change on the scale. It can improve your confidence and strength.

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Not only does he build in progressions and tactfully design his programs to help with imbalances and neurological improvements …

But he also makes it extremely doable for any schedule and/or access.

Meaning, you can train 2-5 days per week, do it at home or in the gym, and incorporate any cardio-based program, concurrently.

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