Well… that’s what I like to be able to boast about, anyway.
The truth however is, I don’t always get it right first time.
That’s alright though, because within a 12 week season of my Online Coaching system, we can review the targets as many times as necessary until we do get it right. And once we do, things start to happen as if by magic. Even on the basic Flexible Dieting package for the more budget conscious people, we set “stage one” targets for the first two weeks, we monitor and assess the results, and from there we can fine tune or set entirely new targets as may be required.
This is not some slash & burn starvation approach like a lot of hack coaches would use. This is about finding the optimal level of fueling required for each individual client. People are at different stages in their journey, different body types, different levels of activity outside of training. They need the right targets to hit… merely “adequate” targets to begin with, and then trying to get closer to “ideal” as their confidence and enthusiasm increases due to the easy results they’re already seeing.
So what’s required of me is to set the appropriate targets to start with, and what’s required of the client is to hit as close to those targets as possible with some level of consistency. Usually this is enough to produce results, but if not I have accurate data to interpret when setting new targets which will almost certainly do the job.
Sometimes it still takes a little longer.
As an example, imagine we set an introductory target that is more than the client has been consuming so far on some conventional low calorie diet. We don’t see physical results right away, although the client reports feeling more energised, improved performance at training, and general feelings of improved well being and happiness. That’s a great result, but I’m not satisfied. Since we’re eating more, feeling better, performing better but not actually gaining weight… we can logically conclude that all of this extra fuel is doing the world of good and certainly is not in excess of requirements. If it was in excess, we’d have a bad result on the scales, do you see?
So how do we interpret this result? Clearly, it’s still not enough fuel and we need to increase again.
In the case I have in mind, the result of this new and further increased set of targets was still no change on the scales, no change in appearance, but further improvements in performance and feelings of well being. Most tellingly though, the client reported to me that despite eating so much more than previously, she is waking up in the night ravenously hungry!
How do I interpret this result? Clearly, her body is starting to get used to the idea of being fueled more appropriately, and is sending a clear message of “more, I need this!”
At this point I remember crunching the numbers yet again, almost second guessing myself, and then telling the client “fuck it, no less than 2600 calories per day and if you are still hungry listen to your body and give it what it needs”. Now, this is for a younger lady training regularly at a high level of performance, also with a physically demanding job during the day… so perhaps it should be obvious that such an intake is appropriate to adequately fuel such an active lifestyle. Still, you need to do these things with a strategy both for the client’s piece of mind and for my own!
At this stage, the client drops one belt size per week for the next…. I think it was 4 or 5 weeks straight, I will have to double check. Now… how many people out there have a super active lifestyle including training regularly, but are on lower than low calorie conventional diets and still not seeing any results?
This is the way most weight loss companies, coaches and unsuccessful dieters do things and as you can see, they have got it all wrong. You don’t just keep slashing intake in an attempt to starve the weight off. You start with a conservative target, and increase strategically until you find the magic number at which the best results from training can be attained. At this point you can also start fine tuning the ratio of carbohydrates, to dietary fats, to protein if you so desire.
With a system like mine, success is absolutely assured and inevitable.
Of course, you (the client) have to hold up your end of things too. That’s easy though, your end is to maintain your level of activity and make sure you eat enough to meet and exceed the minimum target that I set you. I do recommend planning a day in advance to ensure meeting these targets at first, but most of my people can “wing it” easily enough before too long.
The ultimate goal being to just have your requirements, your appetite and your habits all in harmony so that eating enough to fuel your lifestyle and produce the best results from training is intuitive and automatic.