How many of us have read about the inhuman amount some athletes eat? Think Michael Phelps and his 10,000 calorie a day training diet. For the majority of us, that would result in us looking more like sumo wrestlers than Olympic swimmers.
When I started CrossFit, I knew that I would be working harder than I had ever worked before, building muscle, and building calories. I hoped it was the magic trick that would allow me to eat whatever I wanted, slim down, and be healthy. Not so, unfortunately.
Compared to most people, I eat pretty healthfully, even on my cheat days. My biggest problem is the amount I eat and drink (wine has a LOT of calories unfortunately). And all the effort has not been able to make a dent in the problem.
The March 2013 issue of Outside magazine came just at a perfect time, as I was reflecting on the lack of a magic bullet. It helped put things into perspective and gave me some inspiration to do better.
Articles like Bill Gifford's "Stranglehold" (Your fat has a brain. Seriously. And it’s trying to kill you. The only thing that can save you is fat’s worst enemy: muscle.)
Nick Heil's behind the scenes look at nutrition at the Olympic Training Center.
What these articles (along with other food-related ones in the issue) make clear is that, while you think that training will overcome problem eating, it won't. To be at your fittest, your healthiest, you simply cannot cheat.
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