No Diet Day: Friday the 6th May
After the very enjoyable 'Petite and Proud Day' on Tuesday it is now official 'No Diet Day'. I'm going to be a bit hypocritical as usually when people say not to diet and to just eat clean I get my back up.
You can't not be on a diet. A diet is what you eat. A lions diet is antelope and zebra. A persons diet is... Whatever they eat.
For the purposes of this entry I'll play dumb and define diet like everyone else does. A temporary change to what you are eating to achieve a goal. 9 times out of 10 weight loss.
So to bussiness.
'Personal Training' is a big old mission statement. It could include offering assistance with just about anything. The knee jerk assumption is usually that we provide a (often miserable) diet program and oversee (often miserable) high intensity excercise in order to help people lose weight.
This isn't a wrong assumption all of the time. Weight loss is a big slice of the industry and the above recipe often works at least in the short term. Sometimes it works full stop.
But 'fitness' isn't solely about physique and scale weight. It isn't purely about athletic performance any more than aesthetic appearance.
To be 'fit' enough for your own lifestyle could mean a lot of different things. Can you sit/stand and perform your job for the required time without back pain or fatigue? Is your current lifestyle causing weight gain, loss or any negative symptom? Would you be confident to drop what you were doing and go and perform an unknown physical task without worrying about whether you were capable?
And most importantly would those things still be true after another 5 years of your current lifestyle (if not get in touch)
Recently I've been trying to focus my website content and bussiness around this physical side of personal training by helping people improve their movement patterns and strengthen their joints, muscles and bodies rather than food, diets and weight loss.
A big part of why I've done this is because our attitudes to food and diet as a culture are baked. I won't lie and say everyone knows exactly what they should be eating as there as still many misconceptions about what a healthy diet should look like but everyone knows enough for their current situation.
- People who eat a lot of fast food and sweets know they probably shouldn't.
- The majority of people who eat what is considered 'normal' in Britain know they should up the veg and protein while limiting carbs.
- The odd fitness buff knows to switch to organic and maintain a good omega 3 to 6 ratio.
- So on and so forth.
Trouble is that while most people KNOW what they should do but they just don't. We chase some perfect vision of a perfect diet and when we fall short we stop and return to what is 'normal' and that normal is as I think I mentioned, baked (fried might have been more apt).
Someone stops eating white toast with margarine and jam for breakfast by switching to bananas. Then gets told that bananas are too high in carbohydrate and they are dieting 'wrong'... And back to the bread they go.
Are nanas perfect? Nope. Do they trump toast, jam and margarine? Yup. That little step forward was a good one though.
I believe that the problem is mindset and not knowledge to a large degree. Learning to make tiny steps forward while maintaining consistancy and focus is the solution.
Strength training is the perfect vehicle to teach this. If you aren't consistent then there won't be progress, if you lose focus there won't be progress, if you think you can take a too large a step forward or go to fast the iron will remind you that you shouldn't very very convincingly.
Yeah, I guess the activity might help you lose weight through the actually physical work but that's not the point.
Focus, Consistancy and Realistic Progress. Box that and most things become a lot simpler.