Hello there, I wanted to talk to you about food plans, why I don't give them to my clients and opt for specifically calculated macro counting plans instead.
Many people enter into a health and fitness program and want to be told what food to eat, when to eat it and how to cook it. That is fair enough, I completely understand the benefits of having programs and packages like this. However, there is a good reason why I don't prescribe what meals people should be eating and when they should eat them.
I want to empower you. Once you know this, you can't un-know it
Firstly, everyone is different.
I love tofu and think it is so versatile and a great addition to meals, yet you may think it is the most repulsive thing on the planet.
Equally maybe you don't like having a huge breakfast whereas other people need that in order to function.
Secondly, life happens.
You may have a birthday party to attend half way through your program and you know that you cannot have the prescribed meal that day, so what do you do?
Thirdly, what are you learning?
Once you have finished the program and you have stuck religiously to the prescribed meals every day for 6/12 weeks, what happens at the end? What have you learned other than knowing that you have to stick to that meal plan in order to lose x amount of weight?
What suits you, is probably not appropriate for the next client.
Why I believe macro counting is the best way.
Firstly, it is completely bespoke to you. You are given a nutritional guide to follow that is specifically designed to you, it takes into account your age, height, sex, weight, goals, level of activity, preferences. So what suits you is probably not appropriate for the next client.
I want to empower you. This is a lifestyle change not a quick fix. I want you to gain a deep understanding of what YOUR body requires to function at its best and which foods provide that. Once you know this, you cant unknow it.
If you can feel fantastic both physically and mentally AND still eat cake then whats not to love?
I want you to be able to enjoy birthday parties again and confidently make choices that allow you to have a slice of birthday cake rather than be scared to eat it in case it ruins your progress. Life is for living and if you can feel fantastic both physically and mentally AND still eat cake then whats not to love? Following a strict meal plan doesn't necessarily account for these things that life throws into the mix.
The culinary world opens its doors to you and anything is an option.
Yes there is some effort required on your behalf as you work your way around the kitchen, supermarket shelves and recipe books figuring out what macro nutrients are packed into which foods and how that fits into your plan. Yes this can be frustrating at times, because learning something new can be hard BUT once you get it, it is the A-ha moment and suddenly the culinary world opens its doors to you and anything is an option. No food is a bad food, there are some that are just more nutritious. Your relationship with food and drink changes and becomes a healthy and informed relationship.
Obviously I am there supporting and guiding you through the process too, you aren't left on your own fending your way through the supermarket shelves tearing your hair out!