March 27, 2016
The “energy balance” is a myth. You can’t outwork a bad diet.
Jason Mathews almost lost his pull-up.
Though Mathews has trained at CrossFit Armoury for the past three years, a desk job in sales convenience trumped cleanliness when it came to nutrition, and his 30 unbroken pull-ups soon dwindled to less than a handful.
“Now to get one or two (pull-ups) in a row is tough,” he said.
Despite his commitment to training, a diet dotted with pastries and ice cream—a Dairy Queen is just down the road from the gym—has held him steady at nearly 30 percent body fat.
“I know it’s horrible for me,” he said. “I’ll always (plan to) start eating healthy again tomorrow but there’s not enough tomorrows to make up for the amount of bad I’m doing to myself.”
Though Mathews reports that 75 percent of his diet is clean, “Just one or two (sugary) meals seems to sabotage me,” he said. “It doesn’t matter how many times I work out. It seems like those calories are a lot harder to push out.”
The soda industry would have you believe otherwise.