Warburton: no point training if your diet’s bad

Lions rugby captain Sam Warburton reckons you’re wasting your time if you go to the gym five times a week but eat rubbish food.

The Welsh skipper says that eating properly is far more important than training and lifting weights in the gym.
“I think diet is important to any athlete or anyone trying to lose weight,” said Warburton in an exclusive video for Rugby Lives.

“So people who are training and are like: ‘I’m training five times a week but I’m not losing weight’, I’d say diet is about 80 per cent of it and training 20 per cent.

“You can train like stink but if you’re eating really poorly it’s not going to have much benefit.

“That’s probably the hardest thing to do because you get a lot of satisfaction out of eating nice foods and you’ve got to be quite disciplined to have a good diet.”

Warburton, who led the Lions to victory in Australia in 2013, said even some professional athletes dismiss how important it is to eat well.

Warburton said: “Diet is probably one of the most important things that I think some professional players do overlook, but it’s something I’m quite keen on.

“I’m quite interested in nutrition, and diet for me is massively important.”