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When it comes to weight loss, the world is full of conflicting advice, from books, to diets, to fitness gurus. But, contrary to popular opinion, it is possible to find a “one size fits all” solution to losing weight. The truth is that not everyone is the same and not everyone has the same genetics or lifestyle factors.

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The third and final installment of this series is always the hardest. I have been training athletes for over 20 years, and I have always said that I was addicted to sports. Not to the athletes, but to the intensity of the racing. It is easy to get caught up in the whole race scene and lose sight of what is really important: how you eat and how you train.

I shared confessions from our women’s Lean Eating Program coaches last week. The LE ladies gave some fantastic exercise and nutritional advice that you can put to use right away.

Now it’s the turn of the men. They reveal their secrets in this piece, as well as how they use their PN knowledge and habits to keep on track.

I asked them three questions, as you may recall:

  • What have you learned from your trials and tribulations? (And what are you still having trouble with?)
  • Fill in the blanks in the following sentence: “Even though I’m a ‘expert,’ I still…”
  • What was the worst workout you’ve ever had?

Ryan Andrews (Ryan Andrews) is a

From my own personal experience, I’ve discovered…

…that I need a reason other than my appearance to eat and exercise in a certain way every day.

Being able to focus my eating habits on helping the environment, animals, and my own health is a great motivator for me. I become concerned and selfish when I get too caught up in how food/exercise makes me appear.

…that the issue is never related to food or eating when my regular eating habits aren’t going well. The issue concerns my personal life.

Something in my life is out of balance, and it manifests itself via my eating patterns, whether it’s eating too much, eating too little, obsessing over food, or eating a lot of non-nutritious food.

…that I’m not really hungry if I’m not hungry enough to consume a real food like broccoli or lentils.

That’s all there is to it.

Despite the fact that I am an expert…

… I’m still tempted by the same foods as other North Americans.

As a result, I make it a point to consume enough nutritious food each day to satisfy my need.

… I still only have 24 hours per day to do my tasks.

As a result, I take charge of my days and accomplish what I set out to do.

… Sitting on the couch with a bag of chips and watching TV still gives me pleasure.

As a result, I don’t have chips in the house and don’t subscribe to cable or satellite television.

I was watching the TV sitcom Scrubs on DVD one time, for example. I bought a large bag of salted and thoroughly oiled popcorn (but gosh, it was organic). The bag of popcorn was gone after 6 episodes, and I felt like I’d swallowed a bowling ball.

For the next 24 hours, let’s just say my GI tract didn’t like me. After all the salt, I suppose I drank around 3 litres of water.

Big bags of popcorn combined with a DVD of Scrubs equals unpleasant memories.

Warning: Do not watch this with a giant bag of popcorn in hand.

Warning: Do not watch with a large bag of popcorn in your hand.

My most dreadful workouts

The worst workout I’ve ever had was one that I worried about beforehand. The worst workout I’ve ever had was the one I was attempting to perfect.

Bonn, Jason

From my own personal experience, I’ve discovered…

…that I should evaluate how I feel rather than how I appear.

This, to me, is a lot better predictor of whether or not I’m on track.

When I look in the mirror or at pictures, my eyes can play some severe tricks on me, but my feelings remain constant. This is true both acutely (for example, when I overeat at a meal, or when I eat specific foods/combinations of foods, etc.) and chronically (for example, when I overeat at a meal, or when I eat certain foods/combinations of foods, etc). (i.e. following certain protocols).

…that I should concentrate on parasympathetic tasks.

Aside from environmental issues (such as traffic), I’m usually in a hurry – it’s the New Yorker in me!

In addition, I’ve always enjoyed pushing my body to its limits. It’s ironic because I’ve always recognized the importance of balance and have always recommended others to do the same, but I’ve never done it myself. I didn’t start taking action until injuries and weariness started building up (surprise, surprise).

Fortunately, we all know that rest and recovery are equally as vital as gym time, so I have plenty of ideas for how stressed-out and hard-working Lean Eating customers can unwind. I also provide time-saving advice, such as All About Eating on the Go.

…that when I read while eating, I tend to overeat.

As a result, I… hmm… read while eating! Seriously, I’m still working on it, but it’s progressing. Little things like choosing shorter books to read have helped. This is a big step forward for me, considering I used to have to read things twice.

The weird thing is, it only happens when you read something in print. I won’t overeat if I’m sitting in front of a computer. Other distractions, such as television, rodeo clowns, and so on, don’t bother me in the least. So, instead of putting anything in front of me, why don’t I just not put anything in front of me? If only it was that simple!

Despite the fact that I am an expert…

…I’m still too focused with my own particular eating and fitness regimen.

At times, I simply have to put things in perspective by recalling prior incidents or imagining unfavorable scenarios that could occur. It’s the thinking of “Worse things could happen.”

Most of the time, having diet and exercise as a key part of my life is where I am, but there are times when it borders on obsession. Things like the gym opening late, meetings running late/sitting in traffic with me hungry, and so on used to bother me. Not so much anymore. However, it does happen from time to time.

What was the worst workout I ever did?

To be honest, I’ve never had a workout that completely failed.

When I let my ego take control, however, I want to kick myself in the shins. This frequently leads to poor form and/or doing too much, both of which result in aches, injuries, and subpar results.

Roland Fisher is a character in the film Roland Fisher

From my own personal experience, I’ve discovered…

…that no matter how sound a theory is, things either work or don’t work for me.

For a long time, I thought that eating low carb was the best way to proceed. Despite low energy, poor outcomes, moodiness, and bad sleep for several weeks, I persisted on eating less than 50 grams of carbs every day.

I reasoned: Most clients perform well on a low-carb diet; all I have to do now is wait for my body to “switch”… right? Wrong!

My workouts deteriorated, my body composition decreased, and I felt a lot better after a spaghetti or potato “cheat meal.” I would have been eating carbs a lot sooner if I had paid attention to and respected my results. I learnt to spot those who are excellent carbohydrate burners. Plus, when I became “present” enough to respect outcomes, my clients obtained better results.

(See All About Eating for Your Body Type for more information on carb burning and body type.)

…that despite my extensive knowledge of nutrition and exercise, I’m still a sucker for breakfast cafés.

As a result, I arrange more activities in the morning to keep myself busier at the times when I wish to go. When I go go, I also try to share my meal whenever possible.

Despite the fact that I am an expert…

… I still have issues with my body image.

For a six-footer, I’m quite little. I couldn’t exercise for a couple of years, and now I’m back on track with a less training load. This led in a 35-pound loss of muscle and a significant increase in the difficulty of controlling body fat levels. When I lose my focus on being present and accepting, I find myself wondering where the athlete has gone.

This is a rare and short-lived state, but it does occur from time to time. However, there is a simple remedy for that ailment. When I notice I’m in a negative mode, acceptance and present are merely a few breaths away for me.

My most dreadful workouts

The most difficult exercises I’ve ever had were those that I couldn’t complete. I’ve had numerous ailments outside of the gym, and not being able to workout is really difficult for me to accept.

However, these experiences have provided me with a great deal of insight and empathy for the challenges that my Lean Eating customers face.

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Roland can assist you in working around injuries of any kind.

Do you want to be the healthiest, fittest, and strongest version of yourself?

Most people are aware that getting enough exercise, eating well, sleeping well, and managing stress are all vital for looking and feeling better. However, they require assistance in putting that information into practice in the context of their hectic, sometimes stressful lives.

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This is the third in a series of confessions by previous (Lean Eating) coaches.. Read more about types of eating habits, physical education and let us know what you think.

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