I Know This To Be True: “You Cannot Outrun A Bad Diet”

How many of you saw this that was making news headlines around the world a couple of week’s ago?

You Can’t Outrun A Bad Diet!

The BBC – http://www.bbc.com/news/health-32417699

Sky News  – http://www.skynews.com.au/news/top-stories/2015/04/23/you-can-t-outrun-a-bad-diet–says-experts.html

Diet Doctor – http://www.dietdoctor.com/big-headlines-you-cant-outrun-a-bad-diet

For the longest time prior to my banting journey, I also believed in this myth. I believed I was fat, not JUST because of the junk diet I followed, but also because of my lack of physical activity.

I’ve learned a calorie is NOT a calorie. They are not equal, you get good calories and bad calories and when I started banting, I was finally taking in the kind of calories my body could use properly, low carbohydrates and no sugar and it made the world of difference. I lost my first 15kg’s without doing a single stitch of exercise, further proving, to me anyway, that YOU CANNOT OUTRUN A BAD DIET!

I know so many people who exercise hard, consider themselves athletes, my husband being one of them, and yet they gain weight in spite of all their physical activity. This, for me, is yet more proof that a calorie is not a calorie and unless you’re eating a diet rich in REAL food and low in sugar and carbohydrates, you will struggle.

I’ve seen it myself. Our weight loss/banting challenge ended in December. Over the Christmas holidays I gained 6kg’s and that was even with my training and putting in lots of hours on the road training for Two Oceans. And why? Because I slackened off on my diet, because I started allowing myself “treat”foods, foods that were higher in carbohydrates and sugar than I should be eating, foods, rich in poor quality calories.  I was exercising hard, almost daily, so if exercise has any impact on obesity and weight gain, I shouldn’t have gained anything right? So that philosophy has totally fallen flat for me.

January arrived and I went straight back into strict banting and thankfully dropped the Christmas weight quite quickly. BUT, I have noticed one thing… even though I exercise a lot now, 4 to 5 times a week minimum, as soon as I slacken even slightly on my diet, I gain weight, in spite of all the exercise and physical activity.

I feel like I am living proof that I/YOU simply cannot outrun a bad diet.

And I’ll tell you something else, now that I’ve quit smoking and I’m bored almost ALL the time, I’m terrified of getting fat again, terrified! And while I know that exercise is important for the prevention of all other kinds of diseases and of course heart health, I no longer believe it can save me from getting fat again.

Image credit: Fat Kid Goes Paleo



  • Alet

    May 22, 2015 at 11:34 am

    I agree completely! Last year I was in the gym, pilates class, on the road 4-6 times a week. In January Kobus started a new job that has him working a stupid amount of hours which leaves me with the kids and all other home duties. Right now and for the past 4 months I have not been able to stick to a regular exercise schedule. And I find it interesting that I’ve managed to maintain my weight. Yes it fluctuates, but that is a direct result of what I am eating.

    What I have realised is, that when I exercise, I feel better about myself and when I feel better about myself I am more inclined to look at what I am eating.

      • Tanya

        May 22, 2015 at 2:27 pm

        as you know i have been walking allot……….now almost 6 days a week ranging from 6km to 15km. I cannot get my weight down anymore, are you still losing or maintaining with running and banting? i am not sure what i am doing wrong? but yes you do eat bad foods when you train as you think it will not stick

        • Sharon

          May 22, 2015 at 2:29 pm

          My weight is staying more or less the same, which is disheartening because I want to lose another 8kg’s having said that though, I haven’t been very strict with myself which could be part of the problem.

  • Gaelyn Cokayne

    May 25, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    While training for Ironman I managed to gain 15kg in 4 months. I trained 9 times a week. My average workout at the time burnt 800 calories. It’s about what you put in even more than what you “put out”. Burning 1000 calories on a ride doesn’t mean you can eat 1000 calories worth of lemon meringue pie! A hard lesson to learn, but I think I have it all figured it now thank heavens. Go figure!

    • Sharon

      May 25, 2015 at 12:39 pm

      I think it’s so easy to fall into the trap of thinking that because you’re super active you can eat what you like but it simply and sadly isn’t so.


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