Why should you listen to someone that… has never been “overweight” or obese, is one of those people that is very athletic and could eat whatever he wants and never gained any weight, and has never had to worry about fitting into a certain size of clothes?
Before I answer that question let me ask you one more question.
What would you expect someone like me to recommend to someone like yourself that is trying to lose weight?
If you have attempted to lose weight before and have searched for guidance via online or from a friend or fitness professional then your answer would probably be to eat less and exercise more.
Do me a favor and take a look around… how is that working?
According to the scientific literature, in approximately 94% of people attempting to lose weight it doesn’t work at all!
Simple answer: It doesn’t work (period)
You should listen to me for the very reason you might deep down despise someone like me. The very fact that I can eat what I want and have never had to worry about losing weight is why you should listen to me.
At first this may sound counterintuitive, but hear me out.
In a way, I am like you… just in reverse.
Recently I decided to compete in a fitness competition. I knew I need to gain size to have a chance at winning so I started a bulking plan, a plan with the specific goal of gaining weight so that you can gain more muscle and then lose fat later with the hopes of maintaining the muscle. During this contest preparation I worked out 5-6 times a week for up to 2 hours or more a day for 5 months straight and consuming enough calories that enable me to gain weight was 10 times harder than the workouts. Sure I gained weight (15 pounds in all) but I had to eat 4000 and it was not enjoyable. When it was time to lose fat I just made some slight changes in my food intake and the weight melted off like butter. I easily lost all the weight I gained plus some and by show date I was around 10+ lighter than when I started the bulking program.
All that weight gained and weight lost and my weight was back to my starting weight within a week!
Does that sound familiar? Let me rephrase the previous paragraph…
You go on a diet and starve yourself, kill yourself in the gym, lose some weight (let’s say 15 pound), hit a plateau where you are unable to lose any more weight, get frustrated or tired of trying and within a week or two of stopping the diet you are back at your original weight.
Why is it so hard for you to lose weight?
Why is it so easy for me to lose weight?
Why is it so easy for you to gain weight?
Why is it so hard for me to gain weight?
How can I eat 4000 calories a day and struggle to gain weight?
How can you eat less than 1200 calories a day and not lose weight?
I understand that the answer is not as simple as eating less and exercising more!
Through my study of nutrition and health I have learned that there are many things that can cause someone to gain weight or struggle to lose weight. I have also learned that there are foundational principles of health that are required for someone to be healthily and lose weight.
As a personal trainer I have worked with a lot of people that have wanted to lose weight and many of those people have failed. Why?
They failed because they were trying to use exercise to solve their weight loss problem and in reality the weight was just a symptom of a larger imbalance in their body, meanwhile ignoring the other foundational principles of health.
You have to crawl before you walk.
Most people know this intuitively, but everyone wants the quick fix.
Everyone wants to win the weight loss lottery.
The lack of weight loss for my clients was very discouraging at first but was ultimately a great motivator to help others with this struggle.
I start by educating you on the basics to lay a foundation of sustainable health and weight loss.
Next, I utilized functional lab work and interpretation to uncover things that may be making it harder for you to lose weight. This can include anything from blood work, to hormone panels, to stool test, to different urine tests. The information discovered from these test can get your weight loss ball moving in the right direction.
The combination of the foundational principles plus the advanced functional lab work is like a 1-2 punch for your fat loss. Add in the accountability from a coach that knows weight loss is more than just eating less and exercising more and you will have a plan to lose weight and can finally stop playing the weight loss lottery.
Many of the things I will teach you are simple. In today’s society, though, simple does not always mean easy. If you are willing to put in the work and understand you will no longer be playing the weight loss lottery then I might be able to work with you.
I believe anyone can lose weight and my mission is to investigate barriers to female weight loss and develop individualized programs to help overcome your weight loss struggles and create the body you deserve!