No amount of exercise can change your figure or help you maintain a lean body if you eat a consistently unhealthy diet. Trust me, I’ve tried. You can train super hard and get really fit, but if you don’t change your nutrition, your body won’t change. Over the year, lots of people have asked me questions about why you can’t out train a bad diet so I thought I would explain why this is so.

  1. Your Metabolism Slows Down As You Age

When you were in your teens and even early 20’s, you may have been able to get away with eating poorly and doing little exercise and still remaining slim. Unfortunately this doesn’t last for most people. As you age, your metabolism slows down meaning you’ll burn less and less calories each day. Strength training becomes more important as you get older because it will help increase your metabolism, as well as help with many other factors associated with aging!

why you can't out train a bad diet
  1. You’re Not A Professional Athlete

Athletes are about the only type of people who can eat large quantities of high calorie foods and get away with it. This is because they exercise at high intensities for several hours per day. Your HIIT workout, crossfit session or run doesn’t even compare, and you don’t need the same amount of food as they do. For example, a cyclist doing a 100km ride might burn 2,000-3,000 calories. A crossfit session might burn around 500 calories. Exercising a lot does not give you a free pass to eat whatever you want.

  1. You Can’t Train As Hard

If you’re eating the wrong type of foods, it will be harder for you to train at your best. You need to the right amount and right type of foods to be able to exercise at high intensities, and also to change your body. To find out what body type you are and what type of foods you should be eating according to your body type, read my blog post here.

  1. You Won’t Want To Exercise

I know that when I’m eating poorly, I feel MUCH less motivated to exercise and it kind of spirals from there. When you eat bad, you don’t want to exercise, and when you don’t exercise, you make worse food choices. But when you eat well, you feel good, full of energy and actually want to do your workouts. They go hand in hand.

I know how important nutrition is, which is why all of my eBooks include an 8 week nutrition plan with recipes. So if you’re looking for a workout AND nutrition program that is actually doable and easy to maintain, then my eBooks might be for you. Read more about them here xx

Rachael is an Australian born certified personal trainer and nutritionist who holds a Bachelor degree in Science.

After struggling for years to find an exercise and diet program that is tailored to women striving for lean and toned body with no bulk she designed her Lean Legs Program. This program is tailored to each body type and focused on helping women get toned but feminine bodies, without getting bulky.

Her mission is to empower women and help them stay in shape in a healthy and balanced way.

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