Nutrition Plans And Agnosticism
There are as many approaches to nutrition coaching as there are approaches to personal training, and many people will claim that theirs is the only way. It’s important to understand from the beginning that anyone who claims their method is the only one that works is, if not deliberately misleading you, then certainly buying into their own hype. Nutrition plans and protocols vary dramatically because people vary dramatically. No single plan will work for every human being on the planet. That being said, there are a few basic frameworks that have become popular because of their efficacy rather than the hype that surrounds them.
I believe in what Precision Nutrition calls nutritional agnosticism. It’s a cool term, and I like it, but what it really means is that I don’t hold an opinion on which diets work and which don’t. Some, certainly, are radical and even dangerous. But those exceptions aside, I do not judge a diet based on its content. I judge it based on whether it is working for the person who’s utilizing it. When my clients first start on any new diet, what I encourage them to examine is the difference in how they feel. Forget about scales for the first few days and weeks. Worry about whether you’re feeling strong and healthy. Worry about whether the lifestyle changes are incredibly difficult: that’s a red flag. Any good nutrition coach should be making sure that your lifestyle changes are, first and foremost, sustainable. You want to change for the rest of your life, not just for the summer.
Sustainable Nutrition Coaching
“Thirty Day Diet” challenges have become so popular that they’re almost a trope. And listen, a lot of them will work – if you adhere to the diet very strictly for thirty days, it’s almost certainly going to result in some weight loss or muscle gain. These programs count on the fact that most people can hold themselves to a very restrictive diet for a short period of time. And I absolutely believe that the people who create these types of nutrition coaching programs are earnest, well-meaning, folks. They want to help. Here’s my concern: what happens after those thirty days, or ninety days?