Everyone wants to know the “secrets” of fat loss, or muscle building, or whatever it is they’re trying to achieve.
“There must be some secret formula, because I’m doing all the normal stuff and I’m getting nowhere,” they say.
But there are no secrets or shortcuts.
Here’s the formula for weight loss:
Calories In – Calories Out = Change In Weight
Within that simple framework, you also need to do things like:
- eat enough protein
- eat enough fruit and veg
- eat enough healthy fats
- eat enough “smart” carbs
- base your diet around whole foods
- get enough sleep
“But I already do that!”
Everyone thinks they have the basics down to a fine art and don’t need to bother with them. They’re ready for the advanced stuff.
Really? You’re doing all of those things? Consistently, every single day?
Not blowing your diet at the weekend? Or at break time in the staff room? Or with the lunch time crisps and sweets? Or the Rice Krispies for breakfast? Or the late night snacking while watching Netflix? Or the 5pm raid on the fridge while dinner is cooking? Or the 3 glasses of wine to help you unwind every night?
Now, I should clarify…you don’t need to be perfect, or 100% consistent, and there’s room for some of this stuff occasionally in your life.
But people would rather try things like fat burning pills, detoxes and slimming creams than tackle the issues above and master the basics.
I get that the basics are boring. That’s true in anything. I coach rugby, and most sessions start with some sort of handling drill because players can never be too good at passing, even though I’m sure they’d rather do something much more fun!
For healthy eating and weight loss, we can never be too good at getting enough protein and fruit & veg in our diet.
In the gym, we need to push, pull, hinge, squat and lunge in our training programmes.
Mastering the basics can take most of us all the way to our goal without ever getting into the extra details that might be necessary for professional models, actors and sports people.
And these extra details aren’t “secrets” which work on their own. They’re built on top of the basics, and only once the basics have created a solid foundation.
If you’d like some help making the exercise and nutrition basics work for you, email me on [email protected] and I’ll be happy to help.