“I want you to do the thing that never worked for me before” [This time will probably be the same]
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Have you ever thought “I just need to be told what to eat”?
Or asked someone like me to “Tell me what to eat and I’ll do it”?
Or thought you “just need a meal plan”?
Completely understandable if you have.
The vast majority of people who start with us have thought or said that at some point.
And it sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it?
Just like it sounded like a good idea last time.
And the time before.
And probably a few times before that.
Chances are we’ve already tried a meal plan.
Or a particular diet of some sort.
We’ve been able to get them for free on the internet for two decades now.
Or from a book.
Or a recommendation from a friend.
Maybe another facility owner or FitPro (Fitness Professional for newer readers).
Often the same diet / meal plan said FitPro follows themselves.
And, chances are, the same thing happened as would probably happen this time.
It would be fine for a few days or a week or two.
And then quickly become a pain.
We don’t like a certain recipe (or someone else doesn’t).
Don’t have a particular ingredient in.
We’re grabbing something on the go.
Someone else is feeding us.
We’ve been having to make a separate meal to the rest of the family and get fed up of that.
Or we’ve just had enough of the inconvenience.
And, without conspicuously planning to, we just, kinda, stop.
Plan to do it again at the next meal and then realise it’s been a few weeks.
Chalk if off as something else we “can’t do”.
That “isn’t for me”.
If someone genuinely needs a meal plan we can point of a couple of free websites that will do as good a job as we (or anyone else that’s charging you for meal plans) would do.
That’s not what we’re here for.
That’s not what we do.
That’s not what we’ve found time and time again works the best.
After nearly 20 years in the Fitness Industry.
And nearly 10 years doing this.
What does work, in our experience, is:
1. Helping people understand what needs to be happening, on average, in their eating to make progress. The why, not the what.
2. Working to an average across, say, a week, rather than thinking every meal needs to be perfect.
3. Challenging our habits, mindsets and thoughts around our eating. Particularly (but not only) the idea we have that eating less than perfectly means we’ve failed in some way, should have more, write it off and start again at some point.
4. Some accountability here and there (too much frames it as something we don’t want to do and quickly becomes a pain)
If you need some help with any of these, you know where we are 🙂
Jon ‘Say Never Again’ Hall