Proper Planning and Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance.

Take an honest look back at the last 12 to even 24 months and ask yourself, has every bit of sweat, time and effort applied to improving your physical performance been consistently progressive?, Or do you feel like you have just been running around in circles?. While reflecting, has your diet and lifestyle impacted your ability to improve your physical performance?.

If you don’t have a plan for your nutrition to support your training goals, you could be…how do you say it? “Pissing in the wind”.

Pointless.

Waste of one’s time.

All effort and no reward.

Now in a world where everyone’s schedule is getting busier and more hectic by the day, failing to understand how your diet is positively and/or negatively impacting your health and performance is critical to you getting the results you are after.

If you are anything like me, training and exercise is a luxury, it’s time taken out of your day that to be honest could be spent working or spending with your family. So make sure that your training is giving you something in return from the time spent. This is why it’s so important for people training with goals to be matching their effort in training with the right nutrition/diet to go along with it. Trying to squeeze more effort out of your body and more time through training is a recipe for disaster, when you are not looking after the quality and quantity of your diet. It doesn’t matter what your goal in training is, your diet will always play a role to either lift, support or ruin your results.

Training regularly and still overweight? This is not a training issue.

Trying to maximise your endurance through long form sessions and high intensity efforts while still carrying excess fat?, This will not be improved just through training.

An initial obsession turns into a lifelong passion.

In my entire 29 years, I have not come across someone success-full in any area of their life, without them spending time learning about the “do’s” and “don’ts” in the chosen field. Taking a birds eye view from many different successful people you will see that they invest time learning and educating themselves on what it is they are pursuing.

So where does this tie in with you wanting to probably lose weight, get healthier and see some results from your training?

Rather than just blindly following a training program or new fad diet, initially you will want to be obsessed with the idea of improvement to get yourself ticking along. Following this you then need to understand that long term health and performance comes from a passion for this improvement phase, the journey, the accumulated knowledge, the path and not just the end.

Initial obsession turns into a lifelong passion, if you really want to live a healthy and performing life, you will most likely turn this into a long term hobby that doesn’t have an end. For instance, it’s like starting a new fad diet to quickly start your weight loss journey, but yet have no reason or motive to follow it through for the rest of your life. If you are overweight and getting injured all the time from your training, I can guarantee what you are doing is incorrect.

It’s a hard thing to realise that no coach, no personal trainer and no fad diet can force your body into better health and performance (you can’t just pay someone to give it to you). By getting your own buy in through knowledge and understanding you are more likely to make the right decision, because of your new found knowledge. If cravings persist or you feel a lack of control towards your hunger, there are specific reasons that this is happening and not just because you have a personality flaw and have no “self control”. The way you eat, sleep, train and live is causing this behaviour and thus actions. For instance, now that I understand how bad junk food is, and what it does to the body (and mind), thinking “everything in moderation” is a laughable concept that does not apply to the foods we have available to us these days. Even the food you think is healthy is usually packaged with items we would never want to be consuming as a healthy human diet, potentially causing us to be horrible fat burners (not to be confused with fat loss), metabolically inflexible and constantly yo-yoing our body weight up and down (not to mention our emotional state).

Not only is the success from continual education true for myself, our most successful clients are those who go out of their way to learn why they are doing what they are doing, why they are training the way they are, why they are removing certain items from their diet and adding others in. By understanding the why, you can relate the information to your life and start to design your own plan around you and your own meaning as to what “health” and “performance” really is for you.

Once you are in a position where you better understand how the body works, you can be more equipped in taking control over your results.

If you are already training regularly but yet still battling weight issues, or training somewhat regularly and seeing burn out (otherwise known as a “lack of motivation/will power”), I recommend you start to look into a nutrition plan for yourself in aiming to support your goals and training results, it’s the old saying of you can’t manage what you can’t measure”. It goes deeper than just counting calories and hitting a set macro split each day. Understanding how the body adapts to chronically low and/or high caloric intake, how the body will respond to a diet causing excessive inflammation, and how your diet impacts your daily, weekly and yearly training performance. This may take years to get right and may take you years to be seeing an appropriate body weight for yourself, but if you don’t start now, you are only delaying your potential.

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