Nutrition Plans

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When I first started working with clients almost 15 years ago, I would simply determine the appropriate amount of calories, protein, carbs and fat a client needed, give them a diet, and tell them to go do it.

If they didn’t hit the numbers, this was their fault. When I worked at a large national chain fitness center back in 2000, this was the standard model for nutrition plans.

They had computerized software that automated everything for trainers based on what foods the client enjoyed eating.

Sounds cool on paper. You don’t have to stop eating donuts and ice cream, you just have to eat the right amount of it.

In practice, about 70% of the time it didn’t work, or at least not very well.

I used to analyze all of the data from other trainer’s clients, and even the ones that were losing “weight” were losing significant lean body mass along with fat.

This was accepted as normal and inevitable.

Using this method, or variations of it, my success rate was average. Admittedly, it was very high, initially, with the people that followed their plan exactly. But most people will only follow exact numbers for a few weeks. Bodybuilders, fitness competitors, and people with various personality disorders tend to have higher compliance. But I didn’t wan’t to just be a professional macronutrient calculator for highly motivated and/or deranged people, I wanted to be able to help everybody. And more often than you would expect, people following the plan exactly still didn’t make as much progress as they should have after the first month. But that’s cool, because the current body of nutrition research says they should have all made progress, so, their fault, not mine. Right? First law of thermodynamics dummies! No. That’s a cop out from a bad coach.

To steal a quote from my friend John Berardi, “How ever beautiful the strategy, one must occasionally look at the results”. That’s not to say you can’t make progress by just focusing on calories and grams, because you can, and certain types of people do very well with this method. But many more don’t, and those people get blamed for their failure when it’s really the coach’s fault. I’ve worked with quite a few clients that came to me after seeing disappointing results on an “IIFYM” (If It Fits Your Macros) approach, and while they were initially skeptical about the different methods, they were all blown away by their results.
Many years have passed since I abandoned those methods, shifting instead to a behavior based focus. Together we will create small, specific, surmountable daily goals that you demonstrate confidence in completing. We will use methods to encourage optimal health focusing on what’s going on inside your body, which then translates to changes that can be seen in the mirror. When I adopted this new approach several years ago, the success rates of my clients skyrocketed. Again, that’s not to say I don’t value the use of monitoring calories and grams, but I use those guidelines judiciously, something to be tracked for a short period of time, and part of a bigger picture. It is impractical and unnecessary to count and track every calorie that goes into your mouth for the rest of your life.

So What’s the Process?

First, I gather all the info I need from you (an in-depth questionnaire, photos, current lab work, and a 12 site body fat caliper test plus waist circumference).

Next, we set a time for a one hour online webinar meeting where we’ll discuss all of the info you’ve provided and I’ll gain any further clarification I need, then we’ll set some specific outcome based goals (3, 6, 9 month ideals). Then, together, we’ll come up with a couple of behavior based changes that you are confident you can complete daily for a week that will drive you in the direction of the outcome based goals. So you’ll have your big picture outcome goals in mind, but all you’re focusing on is those couple of things we decided you could do for the first week.

These tasks will be written on a chart in an online shared file and you will check them off daily as you accomplish them. Initially, we will place emphasis on the biggest area of concern, determined by all of the info gathered through the questionnaire, lab work, regional body fat storage/stubborn areas, etc. This could be gut repair, thyroid function, adrenal function, insulin/blood sugar regulation, sex hormones, detoxification, motivation, sleep, etc. If everything looks fine (extremely rare), then we’re off to a quick start.

Each week after this, we do a 30min phone consult where we’ll go over your behavior chart, check your progress on skinfold measurements, discuss a series of subjective questions about how you’re feeling and looking, cover any successes or obstacles, and then come up with a new set of behavior goals. If you struggled to complete the previous ones, we will modify them instead of creating new ones. I prefer that either the morning of, or the day before each meeting you can get a 12 site caliper body fat test and waist circumference done to track objective progress.

This is a true coaching program, not a generic “meal plan”. Each client I work with is important to me and consumes substantial time, so I only work with a small number of clients each month.

If you spend at least 8 weeks under my supervision and are unhappy with your progress for whatever reason, I will gladly refund the entire cost.

Nutrition programs are just $197 per month, click here to go to the new Depasi online store.



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