“Give a man a fish, and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he eats forever.”
Giving out a meal plan is a temporary fix. Teaching a person to track their macronutrient intake and create their own meal plan if they desire, is a permanent solution.
According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, 68.5% of adults are overweight. Of that percentage, 35% are considered obese. Nearly 32% of children and adolescents are either overweight or obese.
Here’s an excerpt from my article “Why Most Diets Suck,”
“Contrary to popular belief, we as people do not have a weight loss problem. Millions of people lose weight every single year. The problem is that we cannot keep the weight off.
Based off of the data that we have on dieting, it is estimated that roughly 80% of people regain the weight that they lost within 1 year. Of those 80%, about half will end up weighing more than they weighed in the first place. So, the data suggests not dieting altogether! ”
The University of California at Los Angeles investigated 31 long-term diet studies. They concluded roughly 2 out of every 3 dieters regained the weight they lost and more in a 4 to 5 year period.
What we are doing is not working.
Why do I think this is?
I believe it has a lot to do with the lack of practicality and strict guidelines in most diet plans.
“Cut out carbs!"
"Cut out fat!"
"No junk food!"
"No processed foods!"
Sounds practical, right?
We are literally surrounded by food all day long, and not just spinach and chicken either. Pizza, ice cream, pasta, bread, candy, cereal…
Are we supposed to just never eat any of the things that we enjoy?
How is that working out for us? Based on the statistics, horribly.
In a perfect world maybe there would be no “junk food,” but we do not live in a perfect world— Far from it. Processed food, junk food, snacks, and all the other things we are surrounded by are not going away any time soon.
We must learn to adapt and be able to eat the foods that we enjoy in moderation.
If you are one of the genetically elite that can eat only chicken, rice, spinach, and broccoli every day for the rest of your life, my hat is off to you… Seriously.
But for 99.99% of people it’s just not practical.
Could I write you a meal plan that will allow you to lose weight, or gain weight, or whatever your goal may be? Absolutely.
Will you be able to follow it with 100% accuracy every single day? Probably not, but for the sake of discussion let’s say you can.
Even if you follow a meal plan I’ve written out for you with 100% accuracy, are you going to be able to enjoy yourself with family and friends? Are you going to skip every family dinner, every picnic, every special occasion?
I hope not. I do not want you to.
Instead of giving you a meal plan and saying do as you are told, I would rather give you macronutrient guidelines and teach you a system of tracking your intake giving you unlimited flexibility.
You will be able to have a social life, eat the foods that you enjoy, and accomplish your fitness goals.
Will it take a little bit of time to learn this system? I’d be lying if I said it wouldn’t. But, is a few weeks of learning a system worth an entire lifetime of being able to be healthy and understand how to make good, unrestricted food decisions? I believe so.
If a coach does their job correctly, you should not need them forever. They should have given you the skills to be successful on your own.
I do not want to see you become just another statistic.
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