A customised training and nutrition program is the holy grail to get results.
This statement is similar to many I read on the internet lately. And it’s true, sort of.
For most people that are starting out or are fairly new (less than a couple of years) into their training and/or nutrition program, a fully customised program is really not needed.
Yep, you heard correctly. And this especially applies to fat loss and improved general fitness and body shaping or toning as you may refer to it.
What is most important are what I refer to as THE BIG ROCKS.
The big rocks are:
- Follow your training program regularly and consistently
- Eat a healthy diet that is in line with your goals – whether that’s fat loss, improved performance, better health or muscle gain
- Prioritise your sleep and recovery while keeping stress levels to a minimum
And that’s it. Yep, there’s your customised program right there. That’s as customised as you need to get
The things that have the least impact are the things I refer to as THE SMALL ROCKS and the list for these could be endless, but include:
- Special supplements
- Counting calories or grams of protein, carbs and/or fats
- Special meal timing
- A complicated, periodised, rotating training program
There is absolutely no need for any of the above until you have the BIG ROCKS in place and you’ve been consistently following them for at least 6-12 months or even longer.
“But I’m not making progress” is something I hear all the time especially from those that contact me initially for information.
And I can pretty much tell you that is because you’re not being consistent.
Yes, you may be training regularly, but are you still bingeing or partying on weekends?
Yes, you may be carefully measuring your food (not necessary for most by the way) but when was the last time you trained 4-5 times per week for more than one-two weeks in a row?
Yes, you may be hitting the pavement or gym consistently, but how’s your sleep quality?
Yes, you may have given up alcohol and rarely eat treats, but are you recovering properly? Are your hormones out of whack?
A real fat loss plateau occurs when you are choosing the right foods in pretty much the correct quantities consistently over time – like for 6 weeks or even months, not just days.
When was the last time you went an entire fortnight without eating or drinking anything that you weren’t supposed to while you supposedly followed your program perfectly?
A real training plateau occurs when despite following your training program without skipping workouts for 6 weeks or even months, you find you’re not getting stronger, faster or are feeling and looking fitter
When was the last time you went 6 weeks without skipping a training session?
When did you last string together 6-12 weeks of consistent 3 plus times per week training?
Somewhere along the line you’re getting stuck.
Whether it’s due to your schedule mucking up your training consistency
Your lack of planning and preparation means making last minute meal choices
Maybe you don’t enjoy your training so you just don’t do it often enough
Maybe your meal plan is too complicated and its hard to follow while in the throws of a hectic schedule
Maybe you’ve committed to too much and you just can’t maintain it so then you give up
Maybe you just haven’t figured out the real reason you want to change, so any temptation that comes along (such as a night out with friends) finds you derailing in a bigger way than you planned
CONSISTENCY IS THE ABSOLUTE NUMBER ONE INDICATOR OF SUCCESS BAR NONE.
Without consistency you will not achieve great results. Sure, if you have lots of weight to lose, just changing a few things here and there may produce some results, but for consistent results, you need to be consistent.
At FitterFaster, we use realistic training and nutrition programs that produce results with minimal time outlay.
Without having to commit to massive amounts of training time (although you do have to train regularly) you can attend our training sessions and use home workouts to fill the gaps meaning less time out from your family, less travel time to the gym and better results in less time.
My nutrition programs use real food. Yep, no expensive supplements, no special shakes, pills or bars. You still get to eat with your family and meal prep is kept to a minimum meaning less time in the kitchen and less last minute poor food decisions. Treats are factored in so you can still enjoy those pleasures but in a way that still keeps you on track for results.
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