In my quest to give up calorie counting while still maintaining my weight loss, I chose to follow the Precision Nutrition Plan. I am just beginning this new way of thinking about food, so I thought I would share my discoveries along the way.
What is Precision Nutrition?
It is a plan designed to help you:
- Look better. (Improved body composition.)
- Feel better. (Improved health.)
- Play better. (Improved athletic and everyday performance.)
The goal of any diet plan (and I use the term "diet" to mean lifestyle eating plan, not necessarily a weight loss program) is to hit all three of those markers. If you need to lose fat and build muscle, that's improved body composition. Oh, and you'll look better in your jeans too! Everyone wants to have energy for life and we certainly want to be able to rock our workouts in the gym.
My huge Precision Nutrition binder begins with 10 Success Tips. I was tempted to just start writing about the what and how much to eat, but since Dr. John Berardi, creator of the program, felt it was important to begin the program with these Success Tips perhaps I should start here too.
10 Success Tips
Tip 1: Maybe you don't know.
I love this one, probably because it speaks right to me. This is when we shut off our brain to new information saying (out loud or to ourselves), "I know, I know." If you're overweight and your doctor suggests you need to eat less and move more, we say "I know." Or when I read that I need to make veggies a larger part of my diet, I always say "I know."
Automatically dismissing advice or information is a way of shutting off our brains and avoiding action.
Ouch. Maybe I don't know it all. Perhaps I need to listen, withhold judgment, and act.
Tip 2: Match your behaviors and goals.
An example from my own life illustrates this one. For months I have been saying my goal is to build muscle and lose some body fat. I don't need to lose scale weight, but I do need to change my body composition just a bit.
What do I need to do to build muscle? Have a focused strength training program that challenges my muscles. Work on actively lifting heavy things three to four days per week.
And to lose fat? I need to eat less. Damn it. Not much less, or I won't be able to build muscle, but I need to eat at a slight deficit.
Do my behaviors match my goals? Uh, apparently not. When I look back over my monthly fitness planners (download your monthly planner HERE or sign up for weekly blog updates to download the entire year of calendars plus other freebies) I see that most weeks I have only done two hardcore strength sessions. Oops! And without reviewing my calorie diaries, I can say without a doubt I have been eating too much.
The fact is, my behaviors are not consistent with my goals. Like it or not, I can't achieve those goals when my behaviors don't match up.
So as not to write an entire novel, I'll wrap it up with those two tips today. Think about your own health and fitness goals. Do you tend to say "I know, I know" when you read or hear fitness advice that you know, in your heart of hearts, you should follow?
Do your behaviors match your goals? Do you have any goals set?
Until next time....