I eat AS MUCH as I physically can
Eat less and move more – a concept that is popular in the media
But just how does this apply to real life?
Before I went solo with this PT business
I worked for a commercial gym
So I was exposed to a LOT of other personal trainers
Everyone has their own style and approach
And in the beginning I thought it was fantastic
Lots of people like me who were geeky about exercise and nutrition
People who had a real love for it
For helping other people, like you to get to grips with this training and health stuff
Over time, as I learned more
I realised that some of the other trainers that I was working alongside had some pretty terrible practices
They had issues that I see every day in my clients
They had eating disorders
I remember one trainer in particular, lets call her Jane
Used to try and eat below 1000kcal every day
This was someone who was active, cycling to work
Leading active classes sometimes up to 6 classes per day
Taking clients on runs
And perhaps worst of all ADVISING those clients on how to structure and plan their nutrition
I was never privvy to how Jane advised her clients, I hope she applied a different approach to them
Now Jane looked absolutely fantastic
So she had no reason to think that she could live any other way
Except in this somewhat warped reality where her energy balance was probably out of whack by a good 1500-2000kcal
And wearing that 1000kcal as a bizzare badge of honour
Jane was stuck in a cycle, she believed that she could not change her reality, that 1000kcal was the limit and if she stuck to it, that would be fine…for what they rest of her life?
I was naive when I first started
Or you could call it curious
Was this the answer I thought
Could it be that simple
‘eat LESS and move MORE’ ???
So I tried it, I tried for one day to eat 1000kcal
And I failed
Maaaaan it was hard and it SUCKED
I know better now
Severe energy deficits are DANGEROUS
And following that path, or encouraging someone else to follow that path is neglectful
Your body and health is a gift and its damn precious
There are SO SO SO many things that can go wrong with the body
Why are we making it harder for ourselves to feel GOOD?
Where do you go from 1000kcal huh?
Down to 800, 500, to zero?
I am sure you can see that this is a bad path to follow!
I wear a badge of honour that reads
‘I eat AS MUCH as I physically can, keeping inside of what my body needs to SURVIVE and exercise daily, to keep my organs happy, to keep my mood happy, to ENJOY my day to day food and to support my hormones for a lifestyle that keeps me healthy’
Bit of a mouthful eh!
Its a damn big badge!
But I wear it with pride
If you are not meeting your body’s basic needs, you will damage yourself – potentially irreparably
Don’t be afraid though…
Be an action taker and learn more about what your body needs to do, to have, to be great!
I had an insight into this restricted world, and I hated it, it was hard and I felt RUBBISH – even for one day
I am not prepared to sacrifice EVEN one day of my life to feeling that rubbish ever again
There IS another way
Nicola ‘loves her food’ Rossell
PS If you know someone who is stuck in a cycle, please do share this email with them, share my blog or my email address – there is another way!