Dear Jonny, Should I Listen To The Beast?
Some guy at my gym is always preaching about how much more important exercise is than diet. He says that as long as a person is meeting their nutritional requirements and busting their ass in the gym to burn off the excess calories, they can pretty much eat whatever they want. The guy is huge and lean and strong, and works out like a beast, so people tend to listen to him. What do you think?
His idea that what works for him will work for everyone is a silly sweeping generalization. That he can eat the way he does has to do with many personal factors, such as: his specific body type, the speed and efficiency of his metabolism, the intensity, frequency, and duration of his workouts, and whether or not he includes in his diet any number of anabolic substances. That said, I’ll bet dollars to donuts that this guy is a mesomorph with a swift metabolism who lifts weights intensely, frequently, and for long periods of time. I’ll also wager that he’s on pre-workout stimulants and – more than likely – prohormones or steroids. And while he seems to benefit from all of that, an all-natural endomorph with a standard metabolism who lifts only slightly harder than most guys – won’t. Secondly, just because he is “huge and lean and strong, and works out like a beast” doesn’t mean that he can eat whatever he likes after meeting his nutritional requirements (does he really meet them?) and stay healthy. Hell, being huge and lean isn’t usually healthy. Working out like a beast is taxing on the body. And arteries don’t wind up any less clogged if you’re taking the RDA of calcium and vitamin C. Trust me, I know.