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You can’t out train a bad diet

You can’t out train a bad diet

The most important thing about training and keeping healthy is making sure you do not have a bad diet.

I have quickly come to realise that if you don’t eat correctly and do have a bad diet the damage you are doing to your body is going to far surpass that of any exercise you may be doing to improve it. If you can eat healthily, consistently then you will reap the rewards from it, if you don’t, you won’t.

Epitome of a bad diet
Junk food galore (sorry if you’re cutting weight)

It’s a funny old world we live in. I really can’t understand why so many shit foods are easily accessed then where good, healthy foods aren’t. We live in a society where fast food, sugar, refined carbs and genetically modified foods reap havoc on our bodies and well-being. This is a time where we would rather pop to McDonalds and eat a burger and fries rather than try to find some locally sourced fruit and veg and nutrionally rich foods. Having a bad diet is now considered somewhat the norm to have.

I have been the victim of the ‘modern day man’ for 25 years now. Eating shit day in day out, pizza, fizzy drinks, burgers, pasta, processed foods that are no good for us and that starve our bodies of the essential nutrients we need to do even the most basic of things. I have been watching documentaries and films about where food comes from and what to do if you feel as though it is time for change.

It is like smoking. Eating badly has just become part of our daily routines that when it comes time to change the ritual it becomes a struggle when it shouldn’t be. The reason we are now in the position we are is because 10,000 years ago when food was scarce we lived on a diet of leafy vegetables and the fruits that we could find. The odd bit of meat here and there when we managed to kill.

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Hunter gatherers

Our hunter gatherer instincts never left, we just got more access to the foods that our bodies needs and began to move less. Imagine this, you have just managed to kill a wild boar and you have just cooked it on the fire you made and shared it with your family. You don’t actually know when your next meal is going to be but to get it you have to travel for miles and miles, days and days without food to get it. Our bodies are trained to store the energy that is required for us to do this.

But now, when we have daily access to these foods on every corner, all we are doing are crippling ourselves because our bodies aren’t using as much energy to find the food, yet we are filling ourselves up as though there is a famine around the corner. Because our bodies have been trained to store the energy needed to go out and gather the food, that is why the society of today is suffering from diabetes, heart disease and obesity.

Our tastebuds were trained over time to enjoy the sweetness of sugar and the complexities of fatty foods, which is why we take such pleasure in eating everything that is on offer today but at the same time, the processed foods we are putting into our systems are nutritionally poor. They have no micronutrients in them because they have all been chemically changed to be made cheaper to make and to be addictive so we keep coming back for more.

healthy-food
Healthy food

I am holding my hands up and saying that I to am very guilty of doing this. Eating convenient  foods where I should be going out of my way to hunt and gather proper whole foods. I would love to be able to fight one day. To get in the ring and go to war with someone of an equal weight and ability but that will never happen until I sort out my eating habits.

I am writing this so I am actually holding myself accountable for the things I put into my body. It isn’t anyone elses fault that I am overweight or have a bad diet, it isn’t anyone elses problem, only my own and to that I put my hands in the air and agree. But then why do I find it so difficult to change? Why is my brain so determined to go againast everything I know and carry on eating shit? I may know one day. Until then I guess I will manage to keep myself at a level pegging of 98kg.

Do you have any concerns about the foods of today or have a bad diet? Are you like me and have fallen into a routine of damaging our internal systems? Do you have to cut a lot before a fight because you enjoy a food binge after it? Do you keep a regular healthy diet almost all the time?

Let us know in the comments below, I would love to hear your input!

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I'm Dom. I am a lover of all things Muay Thai related. I have ran MTBUK since 2015 when it was conceived and plan on making MTBUK the 'go to' place for all things related to the Science of 8 Limbs. I have been writing for a little while now and hope you enjoy the content I put out here for you! Drop me a line and say hi!

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3 thoughts on “You can’t out train a bad diet

  1. Ste meikle

    I’m 94kg and have the exact same problem. It’s far to easy quick and convenient to just go to McDonald’s instead of making some food in the morning for the day. I really need to sort my diet out. At the moment I’m finding myself short of breath and I know it’s down to my eating. But still I find it so hard to change. If I do I only manage it for a week or two.

    1. Dom

      It is Ste, you’re right! The only way to get around it really is ourselves. I am a sucker for a cigarette too. All of life’s worst things are so damn good!

  2. I totally agree with you and it’s super unfortunate that we are at a complete disadvantage when it comes to eating healthy or TRANSITIONING from eating what’s considered normal (fatty, processed foods with a ton of sugar).

    I have always thought of a Thailand Muay Thai experience being a great way to not only get better at Muay Thai, but to practice proper eating habits too. Thailand typically has healthier options to choose from, but even here you have to be aware of all the oil and sugar that is in most foods. I linked a blog post I did that shows what foods to eat and what foods to avoid while eating in Thailand, let me know what you think!

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