Let me start off by saying I really don't care about weight-loss. I am not a weight-loss coach. I am a strength & movement coach. If weight-loss is your goal; cut off a leg or two. Hell, maybe even an arm for good measure. Presto. Instant weight-loss. What's that you say? That isn't what you wanted? Now we are getting somewhere. Let's get more specific. If weight-loss isn't really your goal, then what is? Could it be that you just want to look better? Then why are you using the scales to measure that? Could it be you want less bodyfat? Again, why use the scales – they don't tell you bodyfat do they? Could it be you want trimmer waistline with more defined legs and arms? WHY ARE YOU USING THE SCALES?! Here's your first task. Throw your scales away. I mean it. Now get yourself a full length mirror and a measuring tape. Maybe some callipers (optional).
I myself am performance orientated. You might not be; that's okay. There is nothing wrong with having aesthetic goals. If you do, you have two main training options open to you.
One, train like a bodybuilder. They train specifically for aesthetics. This doesn't mean you are going to be entering bodybuilding shows, it just means you follow their protocols for training, using aesthetics as a goal. Please do not utter the words “I don't want to get too big...”. I eat as much food as I can possibly handle, sometimes over 5,000 calories a day. I train like a beast possessed and I lift as much weight as I can handle safely. Sometimes more. I have not gotten “too big”. I have not even gotten “big”. If somehow you find the holy grail of getting too big please come and tell me as I really want to know.
Your second option is to train with performance as a goal. This is what I do. I value being able to lift more weight over gaining bigger biceps, but I enjoy the fact that my biceps look better as a result of my training. Aesthetics is not my goal, but it HAPPENS ANYWAY as an enjoyable side effect of my improved performance.
This brings me to food. I view food as FUEL. It is what my body needs in order to perform better. I need high quality fuel (naturally nutritionally-dense food sources), and LOTS OF IT. I am not scared to eat more in case I get fat; I am scared to eat less in case I cannot perform as well. A small salad is just water. My body needs rocket fuel. When you view food as fuel, you start to realise that you need the best quality, and you start to realise that you probably need quite a lot of it – even if your goal is to be physically smaller. Starving yourself just doesn't work. Your body will then crave something calorie-dense – ANYTHING calorie-dense – and you will likely give in and eat a pile of junk.
LIFT WEIGHTS plus...
PLENTY OF NATURAL NUTRITIONALLY-DENSE FOOD plus...
AS LITTLE CARDIO AS YOU CAN POSSIBLY GET AWAY WITH plus...
(active) RECOVERY will equal...
A HEALTHY BODY THAT LOOKS GOOD & PERFORMS WELL.
Isn't that really what you wanted?
Challenge everything, especially yourself.
Alex Kay Grimmer
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