Believe it or not, this season I’m ditching Flexible Dieting and doing something a little different.
Well… don’t be too shocked, it’s semantics really. I was thinking about it though, and I really want to ditch the notion of “dieting”. If you’re active, if you’re following MY training program, and especially for those extra active people who do double duty with my weights program as well as cardio, endurance and / or sports training… hell, being on “a diet” is the last thing you should be thinking about.
It’s exactly like I’ve been saying all along; if you want to reap the rewards of training in terms of health, happiness and a more lean, athletic body condition, you need to be fueled appropriately. You need to be providing adequate resources to enable your body to adapt to training the way you want it to. Other wise, the only adaptation it is forced to make is to slow down, and to conserve and store energy. Which is why so many people out there who are actually quite fit and active still fail to lean out and see those changes in body condition.
So, let’s name the program properly. This season we are doing Flexible Fueling. Not dieting. Fueling.
Virtually every other program you’ll see works the opposite way. Unfortunately so many programs are still based on the misguided and damaging idea that you need to eat less, and less, and less to lose weight. If you’ve been doing that already, you already know that nothing good comes of such an approach.
Instead of just trying to set lower and more restrictive (read: disordered) targets than anyone else to starve more weight off, I’m doing the opposite. I will be using my system to determine your optimal fueling levels, and then all you have to do is try your best to hit as close to the mark as you can without stressing yourself out too much.
Best results always come from the most appropriate levels of fueling. You’ve seen the results I have produced for so many clients already. Almost all of them hitting much higher targets than they were previously trying to limit to without success. Some are actually on “no upper limit” with only a minimum target that they need to exceed, which is probably still around 1000 calories higher than most dieters are limiting to without success.
Everything other people think about dieting is wrong. You require an adequate amount of protein, suitable amounts of dietary fats, adequate fiber, and a bunch of fruits and vegetables for your micronutritional (that’s vitamins and minerals) needs. You also need enough total energy, aka a suitable total calorie target, and what choices of foods you rely on to meet those requirements is irrelevant. Contrary to popular belief, you will probably not meet your total energy requirements by restricting your choices to only the most “clean” nutrient dense whole foods. Not easily anyway.
This season, we’ll start out at “adequate” levels for a few weeks, monitor your progress, and from there I’ll be able to give you ideal targets for optimal results. All you have to do is try your best to hit them.
Check in on facebook and ask my current clients who are not only getting better results than they’ve ever had before, they’re finding it easier than anything they’ve ever done before as well.
Watch the video for more information and (as usual) me swearing and ranting like a lunatic, still all hyped up after training this afternoon.