I firmly believe that one of the main reasons people can’t seem to get themselves started on an exercise or nutrition plan and make changes stick is the simple fact that there’s too much information out there.
Take nutrition for example. The government gives one set of recommendations, a new diet book is released practically every day, and every guru in the fitness industry has their own take on what to eat. As if it wasn’t enough to get conflicting information from schools, the government, family members, and that jacked dude at the gym, you also get supplement companies peddling their products. They’ve done such a good job marketing that they have people actually believing that there’s some secret supplement out there that will finally allow them to reach and exceed all of their goals.
Do you really think that a fancy, patented delivery system of an unknown and exotic plant root is going to help you lose 30 lbs of fat while gaining muscle? Try fixing your eating habits and exercising consistently for a couple of years. It’s not sexy and it won’t fit in a nice bottle for $59.99, but it works.
Exercise has the same problem as nutrition. There’s way too many methods, programs, theories, techniques, etc. out there for most people to deal with. While it’s fine for coaches and exercise scientists to argue endlessly, pour over research, and complicate the hell out of sweating, putting in effort, and getting your heart rate up – most people do much better if they’re just told what to do and focus on the process instead of trying to sift through this mess of information.
Whether you read my site or any other, I’d like to share how to apply and evaluate any new health and fitness information you come across.
This whole process is based on this simple principle – Good nutrition and exercise produce results.
As obvious as this seems, for some reason many people just don’t understand this point. They believe that what they’re doing is right, even if they aren’t seeing progress. There’s many reasons a person might believe what they’re doing is right even though their progress is non-existent. Often times they get results for a while and think that what they are doing will work forever. It’s also very common to copy a friend’s program that worked great for one person but doesn’t work nearly as well for others. The bottom line is that if you’re not getting results then your exercise program and nutrition are not good.
Results are tangible and measurable. This is why it’s so important to keep a journal, take measurements, take pictures, do weigh ins, look in the mirror, and keep track of what you’re doing. How else will you know if your program is working? Weekly fluctuations are inevitable, and a few bad days can make a week look bad, but if you’re not seeing some visible, measurable results in performance, body composition, or overall health every 2-4 weeks then you need to re-evaluate your program.
On the flip side, many people are so inconsistent with their training and eating, adding and subtracting new things almost daily or weekly, that they can never tell what’s actually working for them. Here’s the deal – stick to your program and measure your results. If you are making progress – Any progress! – don’t change anything. When progress stops, change 1 or MAYBE 2 things and keep tracking your results. If you make improvements then keep doing it. If you don’t, then it’s time to make another change.
Whenever you find something new to add to your routine, just remember – good nutrition and exercise means RESULTS!
If this is all too much to handle, consider my online coaching program or hiring a trainer. If you have a good trainer, they are the one that should be worrying about your results. This frees you up to focus on your habits and program compliance instead of obsessing about details and trying to figure out what changes you need to make on your own. Clients should be focused on following the process, and coaches should be concerned with the outcome.