I haven’t posted in a few days which really annoys me, but I’ve been very busy trying to get a couple of exciting fitness projects off the ground which I really hope you guys will benefit from.
Every so often I receive an email which questions and contests my advice and what I stand for. When it happens it’s bittersweet, I get frustrated, angry and upset, but I also feel motivated, inspired, comforted and reassured by people who are so passionate about responsibility in this industry. There isn’t enough of it to be honest, and I bite my tongue every day trying not to call people out – it’s not my style to be inflammatory towards others so instead, I scream as loud as I can about what you SHOULD be doing.
Yesterday, such an email ended up in my inbox, and I wanted to share it with you all for several reasons…
Firstly, I am a stickler for giving responsible advice and being held accountable. Sometimes I really struggle with this because, as I frequently reiterate, health and fitness and serious aesthetic results are 2 very different things that require 2 very different levels of commitment. I try to make this as clear as I can as often as I can, and I will continue to do so in the hope that people aim to maintain health and fitness, every so often pushing for serious aesthetic results IF they happen to love it as much as I do.
The truth is, AESTHETIC results take a hell of a lot of effort to achieve and are CERTAINLY unhealthy to maintain for women. What I mean by this is that training 6-7 days a week, weighing out food and watching your social life take a MASSIVE hit – these things are what athletes do, not your average Joes. Athletes are mentally and physically trained and prepared for this and are guided through it by huge teams of qualified professionals. Going it alone can be stressful on the body and mind.
Once women’s body fat DOES drop so low that they are ‘shredded’, it’s only a matter of time (a few months at best) before you mess up your hormones and you need to start slowly, gently and healthily reversing the process.
I happen to be one of those people that loves health and fitness, but every now and then I like to really push it and see exactly what my body and my mind is capable of. That means more training, and lower calories.
I only do this for a few weeks at a time, and then I’ll slowly start to rest more and eat more while still training and eating healthy, just without focusing on aesthetics.
Yesterday, I received an email from a woman, a brilliant woman in my opinion, who called into question the calorie count on the 12 week fat loss plan.
She said the women’s was coming up at around about 1500 calories and it was unhealthy to train on that for 12 weeks solid. She said I no longer had her respect, and I was contradicting myself about calories being 100% subjective (they are by the way).
I wanted to put my reply on the site so that you guys can understand why the nutrition is set out the way it is…
First of all, the plan I have devised has a constant, healthy and balanced stream of food intake throughout the day.
From breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, from protein, vegetables, fats and timed starchy carbs around training, this is a very healthy and balanced meal plan.
I also include weekly rest days and refeed meals in the plan so that the body can rest and refuel.
Yes, the plan ranges at around about 1500 calories for women, depending on what the participant chooses to eat (for example lean mince would have more calories than fish etc).
I did this to A, ensure fat loss from a calorie deficit and B, after a schlep through various client’s BMR records, I determined that most women sit around the 2000 calorie a day mark (some just over, some just under).
I believe that from your BMR count, you should gradually decrease calories over a period of weeks, down to around about -500. However, this is very much a generic fat loss download and so that is where the calorie count starts and stays.
I absolutely say and believe that calorie counts, macros etc ARE subjective, and I explain this in the plan, as well as in various posts about the plan on the site.
The fact of the matter is, a fat loss download is a fat loss download. It has training and a clean, low calorie diet in order to get people results in A HEALTHY way.
As I said, there are also weekly refeeds included.
Lastly, I would like you to know that 2 separate nutritionists looked through the plan before it went live, and all of them came back to me with various measurement suggestions and finally in agreement that it was an effective plan that was NOT unhealthy nutritionally.
Guys, the fat loss download is designed to get you the results you payed for in a HEALTHY way over a 12 week period. It is very nutritionally balanced and nobody should struggle with it – other than turning down dessert at restaurants it’s pretty easy to do. You are not going to mess with your body on this diet, I promise, I would not have put it out there if you were.
However, if you just want to be fit and healthy, you can play around with the measurements on the download and have more fun with the training, there is no harm in that.
I hope to always be honest and accountable to you all, and I hope you all call me on it if ever I fail.