Things Most Trainers Won't Tell You //
Apr 24, 2018
Can we talk about waffles?
Ya'll....waffles are life.
Once upon a time I took a program for some nutrition + fitness accountability and was introduced to the world of macros.
I was told exactly how many grams of carbs, proteins and fats I was allowed to eat each day.
If I wasn't feeling the protein amount I was suppose to consume for the day, I was told to eat it anyways.
That's the "healthy" thing to do.
If you want those 6-pack abs, you better ditch that waffle and eat another chicken breast.
(P.S...I eat waffles like once per week and am in better health than ever in my life. Moderation, ya'll. M-O-D-E-R-A-T-I-O-N)
Needless to say, I ditched all macro counting.
I'm a personal trainer and nutrition coach and I often cringe at what goes on in my industry.
Lies. A lot of freaking lies.
A lot of manipulation.
A lot of taking advantage of people to make a buck.
And unfortunately, damaging the physical and mental health of people.
I can tell you countless stories of women who have been desperate to find change in their health only to buy into yet another program that made them a slave to the scale, macro counting and measuring every inch of their body.
Women are often desperate to make changes and they get taken advantage of by our industry instead of being truly empowered to make lasting changes that bring them joy along with physical changes.
The protocols they are often given create disordered food + fitness patterns that can stick with them for years, making health anything but what it's suppose to be: enjoyable and sustainable.
Here are a few things most trainers won't say out loud:
- It doesn't matter what time of day you eat or exercise. A lot of trainers like to pretend as though they have a "secret sauce" formula to weight loss...so you'll buy their program. Like if you only eat 43 carbs on Tuesdays and fast before your sprint workout and then do 12 cartwheels (in that specific order) you'll finally lose weight. They pieced together a bunch of different info online and them packaged it up into a "program" promising you a flatter stomach afterwards. Here's the best free advice you'll ever get to achieve your best health (and weight loss if your body needs it): eat 5 servings of veggies daily, sweat/move 30+ minutes each day, consume most of your carbs as starchy vegetables, shop more at the farmers market, go outside as much as possible and keep your mind healthy by doing things you love.
- You don't need a gym membership to be fit. Some of the strongest people I know don't work out in a gym. The equipment and atmosphere in a gym can be super intimidating and scare many people away from living a healthy lifestyle. Good news, you can start your journey by walking around your neighborhood. It's free and there's zero pressure.
- Meal plans are totally unnecessary. Yes, my Academy has a meal plan for the purpose of providing my clients with new, fresh recipes each month, but they are not expected to follow it. It's there as an extra resource + inspiration, not as their crutch to never have to think about what to cook again. Who in their right mind decided it would be a good idea to tell someone exactly what they need to eat everyday? Talk about food slavery.
- The process of trying to achieve 6-pack abs makes most women lose their periods. Early osteoporosis and menopause. Lack of sex drive. Increased anxiety. Skin breakouts. Infertility. Sound fun? And guess what, your skin will eventually begin sagging as you get older and those precious abs you gave up good food, enjoyment and normal life to achieve will be gone. You rarely hear the dark side of what happens in a woman's body when she tries to achieve an unrealistic body image.
- High intensity exercise can cause adrenal fatigue in some people (aka chronic exhaustion). I've crossed over the line of heresy now, but this is a big one. I only lasted about 3 months in Crossfit before I started to develop the first signs of adrenal fatigue. I quit and never looked back. I still do high intensity workouts as a part of my regular routine, but I take regular breaks from it and majorly scaled back the intensity so that is works for my body. Exercise is a stressor to the body, and if you are someone who is already prone to high levels of anxiety and burnout, intense exercise may not be the best choice for you. Stick with hiking, yoga, low-intensity strength workouts, Barre3, etc.
My main priority as a Coach is to empower people to make the best choices for their bodies. You have the best intuition regarding what is best for you. Listen to that.
If you spend the majority of your time on the couch eating doritos and are desperate to make some changes, I encourage you to start by implementing one new healthy habit. Do it every single day and the momentum from that will carry over into the next habit and so forth.
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P.S...If you're looking for a program that looks out for your best interests and focuses on daily habit change, registration is open for our 6-month group coaching course for May. We take a no BS approach to health and fitness that you'll have a hard time finding elsewhere.