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Wrestling Diary: The Diet Side of Training

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Posted 27th April 2009 at 06:36 PM by Laugh Or Cry TV

I saw something in the newspapers today about how exercise does more for losing weight than diet does. It wasn't underestimating the importance of diet; just saying that it was that way round. Luckily, though I am currently out of shape, I've already undertaken the research years ago and am not, as such, a beginner to exercise. When I was doing all of the research, nothing was more true to say than that health advice is always changing, and often contradicting previous advice. This article today is absolutely typical, since I have read before that it was diet that was more important. One day, they say black, the next day they say white. So I thought my experience may help any readers who are just beginning similar exercise and finding that they are confused...
The way forward, I quickly learned, is that you have to find what works for you, from trial and error. That's probably the best piece of advice, so don't religiously stick to what you read if its clearly not working. That said, don't become impatient. You won't see results within 1 week. Usually it will be a matter of months.
The other piece of advice is that there are no shortcuts when it comes to achieving results. Weight Watchers is no substitute for a gruelling workout, for example. People also seem to be oblivious to certain things. In my old place of work, elderly ladies would choose salad over a piece of pizza, but drench it in mayo and add croutons and crisps. I'm sure they were pleased with themselves, as they were able to say they'd had a salad. This is technically true, but they should have just had the pizza (especially since the salad left them unsatisfied).
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    I'd agree with this, especially lately given the explosion in nonsense health advice.

    As you say, experimenting through trial and error is in the end the best way. It does take a very long time however! A few years back I cut out a lot of foods which could have been causing me problems. Then later I reintroduced them slowly to see what would happen. I managed to find my limit for some things (a certain amount of cheese makes me tired ) and found that other things seemed to make me feel better (more energy for example).

    The surprising part is that I didn't miss those things (cheese for example) as much as I thought I would! It really does seem to be all chemical: if you cut something out you end up no longer wanting/needing it; the chemical deficiency for it just isn't there any more.

    On the diet vs. exercise issue, my take is this: if your diet is bad or you drink too much, no amount of exercise is going to combat this effectively, and if you stop then you'll put it all back on rapidly. I lost fat consistently (but very slowly) over the course of ~12 months by cutting out all bad stuff and eating lots of good food. I've also lost fat more rapidly by running a lot. Like you say it's all about finding the right balance for you as an individual.

    I've experimented with going right down to 68kg and now up to 80kg and have now got a pretty good idea of what works for me.
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    Posted 27th April 2009 at 08:20 PM by Stefan@Cult Labs Stefan@Cult Labs is offline
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    Whats your views on Wrestlers who use steriods to help obtain their ideal 'look'.?

    I read somewhere that 20 plus Wrestlers have died under 50 in the last 3 years or so, the youngest being 29 (Louie Spicolli) Please forgive spelling.
    And these are big names , not Backyard Wrestlers , Bam Bam Bigalow, Big Bossman and Davey Smith to name a few.
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    Posted 27th April 2009 at 11:13 PM by vipco vipco is offline
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