Simplification is what people seek. People want the simplest explanation, the simplest terms, the simplest path. There is this idea that simple is easier, when, in fact, simple is hard, challenging, and requires tremendous tenacity and will.
People want to simplify everything – especially the stuff that’s hard to understand. For example, diet and exercise. Calories in versus calories out. It’s that simple, right? Remember that guy who ate junk food and lost weight with no issues, right?
People often believe it doesn’t matter what you eat as long as you’re burning more calories than you’re consuming. If this was completely accurate then the world would be full of ripped, muscular bodies. Yet here we are with a world full of obese people, many of whom are struggling to lose weight while consuming drastic, low-calorie diets.
The problem here is what we consider to be markers of health. Is the weight on the scale an indicator of health and wellness? Not necessarily. Major weight loss can be a sign of a significant or ominous disease process. Many people who abuse a variety of legal or illegal drugs also experience weight loss.
Using the scale is simple and easy; you stand on it and it tells you a number. That number should be treated as a variable. It is not the end-all, be-all. What should we use to measure progress? How do your clothes fit? Take pictures of yourself in the same clothes, in the same light, with the same posture. Don’t compare yourself to the Instagram “models.” It’s easy to change the way you look by changing clothes, lighting and posture. Consistency is key. Measure your hips, waist, chest and as many other areas you like. Just make sure you measure the same spots again the same clothing. It also helps to subjectively measure how you feel when you takes these physical measurements.
What should you eat? This is a tough question. It’s not as simple as some would make it, especially those who preach If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM). There are proponents of this movement who say it doesn’t matter what your sources are or how you get your macros (carbohydrates, proteins and fats) as long as you hit your numbers. This is just not true if you care about overall health versus body composition. You should be eating food – real food, not processed garbage. That’s the first step. Secondly, we have to learn and accept that most of us have an unhealthy relationship with food. We need to understand that food is not a source of therapy. We need to understand that food cannot solve our problems, outside of hunger.
Every person will have similar needs but the needs do vary; there is no cookie cutter nutritional plan. It depends on a multitude of factors like sleep, stress, work, exercise, mental health and hormone levels.
If you’ve been trying to lose weight for years, you may have a significant uphill battle with trying to balance out and restore proper hormone levels. This may take much more time than you want or realize. These are people who have gone through multiple attempts at losing weight followed by many periods of weight gain. People who have dealt with many different autoimmune diseases. People who have cut weight for sports multiple times. Our body is very malleable, but there are stress points from which the body struggles to recover.
Exercise is another area where things tend to get oversimplified into one word: cardio. We are coming upon the time of year where thousands of people will flock to the gyms with great deals. They will get into one- or two-year contracts on auto debit. The next time someone reaches out to them is to sell them on personal training. Sadly, after a couple of months, many of these people drop off yet continue to pay monthly fees.
What I offer costs more, but it is not intended to be a high-volume business. It is set up to achieve results for my clients. For what you would pay for a personal trainer for two hours, you can workout at QDA every day. You are given a medically-designed exercise program where you are led through a structured hourlong class that takes you through a warm-up that focuses on recovery, movement preparation and neuroplasticity. We then typically have a strength session that focuses on compound movements, loaded carries, multiplanar stability and explosive power. Lastly, is the workout of the day (WOD). The goal of all of this is to make your body a better functioning version of itself.
The WOD is always different, varying in length from as short as less than three minutes up to an hour. We work to challenge all energy systems in a manner that will always lead to a positive endocrine response that includes enhanced hormone profiles, improved body composition, elevated strength levels, measured changes in fitness levels, and, above all, improved overall health of our athletes.
These workouts are designed for all levels of fitness. We understand that fear is a major obstacle when starting something new. I cannot assure you enough that you will be welcomed and encouraged because we all remember our first days and how challenging it was for us to begin. Try us out. We do not have any pushy sales tactics and we will not harass you with endless phone calls (unless you want us to).
We are guides to show you the path. It is not an easy path; it is challenging. There is no secret. It all comes down to consistency. You didn’t get to this point overnight and you aren’t going to get where you want to go overnight. You need to have patience and understand that this is a process. This is not a quick fix. Do not let fear hold you back
Always go with the choice that scares you the most because that’s the one that’s going to help you grow.