So What’s the Secret to Success with Weight Loss?
August 15, 2010
August 15, 2010
So as a Team Beachbody Coach, I meet people all the time who ask me about the programs and one of the biggest things I get asked about is the “diet” part of it. Or I’ll meet someone (a customer) who’s been assigned to me by Beachbody who’s struggling or did the program and didn’t get the results they wanted. I hear things like “yeah that sounds great but I can’t give up insert here” or “yeah, I tried it but it didn’t work for me” or “I can’t live like that!”. I got news for you people, if you don’t get the nutrition under control and wise up and eat right….you can workout all you want and you’ll spin your wheels and get no where. I had to learn that lesson the hard way myself.
Now first off, I’m not a nutritionist and will never claim to be. But I have over the last 2 years surrounded myself with people (some of which were nutritionist) and I’ve picked their brains and asked the questions I needed to ask in order to make sense of it all. And the results are working. In this post, I’m hoping to help some of you figure out what it is you need to do to make the most of your fitness regimen. Whether that’s P90X, Insanity, or you’re a runner or yoga freak or whatever. First off congrats on being something other than a couch potato. I’m also going to introduce you to some cool people Dave and Monica Ward who are business partners with me in the Team Beachbody Coaching business and have been a great resource for nutrition tips for P90X, Insanity, Shakeology and much more. I’ll have a link later that Dave has on his site that’s a great source of info for all you P90X’ers who might be struggling with the nutrition guide.
As you can tell when I started this journey, it was nothing for me to go to Sonic Drive In and order a double cheeseburger, fries, Dr. Pepper and THEN….still not full…order an extra long cheese coney and a milk shake. There’s the reason I ballooned up to 240-250 (jury’s out on how large I really got). It’s funny, we looked through some old pics this weekend and my wife and I couldn’t believe how fat I got. I saw pics in that box that make the before pic here look skinny. So when I started Power 90 I followed the nutrition guide pretty much to the T and it shaved 35lbs or so off and I was feeling better. Then I graduated up to P90X and it has it’s infamous nutrition guide (that’s really good) and it dives into things in more detail and you have to get pretty serious about what you’re eating….after all, it’s a serious program. Now what the P90X nutrition guide did for me was ween me off the crap and shred the fat off and then ease me back into the carbs and which kind of carbs and fats that I should be eating. Basically by the time you get to phase 3 of the program, you’re on phase 3 of the nutrition guide and should have a pretty good sense of how to eat smart from there on. So this goes on for about a year. Now by this time I’m down to about 198. I felt pretty good about what I had accomplished and I knew I was on the right track, but something still didn’t feel right. I was wearing the P90X shirts and talking the talk but not hadn’t convinced myself that I really had it all together. On second thought, do we ever?
So then I hear about this “P90X Bootcamp” that Tony Horton aka “the Man” was hosting in Phoenix. Which happened to be where my good friends Dave and Monica live. So bam…I’m on the plane heading out to spend the weekend with Tony. After all I was a P90X grad! So I get there and I realized something real fast. The other 40 guys there….were in MUCH better shape than me. So I walked up to Tony and asked him “What gives man? I don’t look like these guys?”. So he proceeded to quiz me and the result of that quiz was that I was eating on a 75/25 plan. Where 75% of what you eat is healthy and 25% isn’t. He told me that if I switched to a 90/10 ratio that I would see a big change. He then showed us, as did his nutritionist Melissa Costello (http://www.karmachow.com/) that if we cut out dairy or limit it drastically and cut out red meat that we would also see a big difference. So I made a bet with Tony that day that when he saw me in April at the Beachbody Coach Summit, that I would be down to where I wanted to be. He held me to that. I came home so pumped up and exploded through the door and began to overwhelm my wife Alisha with all the changes we were going to make and how we were going to do this….this….and this….and she was like “Ok….sure”. I knew I married a great lady. So we proceeded to cut out things like bacon (even turkey bacon) and 95% of our dairy. Why dairy? As Melissa puts it, we’re the only creature on the earth that consumes the milk of another animal all their lives. You can get calcium from a lot of different places. Plus it gums up your intestines and bogs down your digestive track as well as makes your body create more mucus (which if you have sinus issues can be bad).
So over the next 3 months, we began this journey and sure enough….by the time we went to LA in April I was down 18lbs and had more definition than I had before and was on track to getting closer to where I wanted to be. Alisha has also lost around 10lbs and has maintained her goal weight of 124 since then. You see the secret is your nutrition. I hate to even use the word “diet” because people associate that with a diet fad or something temporary like Weight Watchers or Nutrisystem. Those programs are great, but you can’t live off of them the rest of your life. You have to exercise on a regular basis and you have eat smart. Don’t make it rocket science either. If you’re using the nutrition guide from P90X or Insanity, don’t over think it and make it complicated. Because if you do….you’ll never stick with it. You’ll get frustrated and give up. Keep it simple and make it work for your life and what you have going on. Tony preaches that…do what works but don’t let that 10% creep up to 25%, 30% or higher. Trust me I know how hard it is. Dark Chocolate is my kryptonite and there are weeks that I struggle. But I refocus and get back on track. You won’t be perfect, you’ll stumble. I promise you will. But the question is what do you do when you stumble? Do you give up? Or do you brush yourself off and remind yourself of the goals you have set for your health and life? All the stuff you’ll learn is easy to do, but that’s where the problem lies….it’s also easy not to do. And that my friends is why this country is so fat. Because we all know what we should do….but fast food and reality shows and all the other easy distractions have allowed us to slip into a slippery slope that we feel like we can’t climb out of.
As promised here’s a great link to Dave and Monica’s site that helps all you P90X’ers out there out with the nutrition guide. http://www.thefitclubnetwork.com/2009/01/p90x-nutrition-plan-made-easy/