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Old 01-29-2014, 09:21 AM   #1
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Diet over fitness advice

How do you convince an athlete that all of (well maybe most) his woes are caused by his horrible diet.

For example: Last night after the WOD he informed me via a fortune cookie text that he ate Chinese food. Then, he wonders why his weights rarely increase and his time rarely decrease.

At what point do you throw your hands up?
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Old 01-29-2014, 09:31 AM   #2
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If he can't make strength gains eating chinese food I'd have to say adjust his program. He's definitely getting the cals to at least get stronger.

Decreased times on the other hand....
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Old 01-29-2014, 09:51 AM   #3
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Is this why the Chinese are so weak?
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Old 01-29-2014, 10:19 AM   #4
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Re: Diet over fitness advice

tell him "you spend 23 hours outside the gym and 1 hour in the gym per day."

I would also ask him how his sleep and stress are. Good luck, sometimes people just have to decide on their own.
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Old 01-29-2014, 11:09 AM   #5
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How do you convince an athlete that all of (well maybe most) his woes are caused by his horrible diet.

For example: Last night after the WOD he informed me via a fortune cookie text that he ate Chinese food. Then, he wonders why his weights rarely increase and his time rarely decrease.

At what point do you throw your hands up?
uh, i honestly have no idea what eating chinese food has to do with his weights increasing or time decreasing? just saying "chinese" food means nothing. how much did he eat and what did he eat? chinese food can be some of the healthiest food available? and even if he was pigging out at a non-healthy buffet, why would that keep his strength from going up? dave tate suggested pigging out daily at chinese buffet to get big and strong? as far as when to throw your hands up, i say to do it all the time. throw them in that air and wave them like you just don't care. raise that roof!
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Old 01-29-2014, 12:16 PM   #6
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What is so bad about Asian food? I love it, LOTS of chicken for protein, and brown rice for carbs. What's wrong with this?
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Old 01-29-2014, 01:08 PM   #7
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What is so bad about Asian food? I love it, LOTS of chicken for protein, and brown rice for carbs. What's wrong with this?
Because Communist chickens...that's why.

Really I agree with Andrew and everyone else. There could be a number of other factors at play. How old is this person, height/weight/numbers etc.? Diet has different impacts on different people and it's hard to just say "well Almond chicken is the reason you suck".
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Old 01-29-2014, 01:25 PM   #8
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D, thought you dropped off the face of the earth since dropping FB. lol

Good to see ya around bro.
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Old 01-29-2014, 02:00 PM   #9
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D, thought you dropped off the face of the earth since dropping FB. lol

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Thanks Andrew. Yeah I'm not sure if I'll be back on FB, at least not right now. But good to see you're still posting in here too. I've got some catching up to do.
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Old 01-29-2014, 03:00 PM   #10
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Re: Diet over fitness advice

He went to Panda Express and ate a "whole bunch". The responses made me laugh though.

All I'm saying is that his diet is terrible and I have no idea how to motivate this athlete to suck it up and eat clean.

He is 28ish, 5'10 and 165 lbs. He wants to lower body fat and increase lean muscle (like most people).
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