My Approach to Exercise
Let’s face it, most people exercise simply to look better. So in terms of body transformation preferences, my approach to exercise is designed to generate a lean, fit looking body, rather than bulking people up into pro bodybuilder or NFL linebacker dimensions.
But having said that, my #1 rule of exercise is to keep it safe, sane, and sustainable across your entire lifespan. Your exercise program should make you healthier and more functional, rather than generating a dysfunctional, injured body.
I believe a well designed and safely executed resistance training program (i.e. working the body’s skeletal muscles against some form of resistance) is the most effective form of exercise by far. No other form of exercise gives you as much bang for your buck as resistance training.
For a lean, fit, and healthy body, I suggest performing resistance training workouts 1 to 3 days a week. Then throw in 30 minute brisk walks most days, and you’re good to go.
No need to complicate exercise any further than that.
My Approach to Diet
I’ve long followed and recommended a reduced carbohydrate eating plan – i.e. eating less starch and sugar than most people, while embracing healthy dietary fats. Eating this way trains your body to use fat as it’s primary source of fuel, rather than sugar and starch. And that’s a good thing!
This approach to diet is of course in stark contrast to the stereotypical “Dietitian diet” plan, which is almost inevitably high in carbs (otherwise known as starches and/or sugars) and low in fat. It is my firm belief, based upon current science and my own observations and experience, that low fat, high carb diets are sub-optimal at best. And potentially downright unhealthy for the MILLIONS of people who simply do NOT tolerate a high dietary carbohydrate load very well.
Thus, even though I’m not a dietitian, doctor, or nutritionist, I dare to be a “diet contrarian” by personally following and generally recommending a reduced carbohydrate eating plan, based mostly upon a nutrient dense foundation of fresh meats, fish, seafood, eggs, nuts, veggies, and reasonable amounts of fruit. High carb starchy and sugary foods are greatly de-emphasized with this way of eating.
I could never, in good conscience, recommend a high carb, low fat diet to anyone.
However, I can’t tell you exactly how low in carbs your reduced carbohydrate eating plan should be. Some people do best on a very low carb diet (Under 50 grams of carb per day), whereas others do great on a more moderate version of a reduced carbohydrate eating plan (Between 50 to 150 grams of carbohydrate per day).
So although I can perhaps steer you towards the correct “diet zip code,” it’s ultimately up to you, to gradually tweak and refine your reduced carbohydrate diet until you find the exact “diet address” that seems to work best for you on a personal level. But again, as a client of mine, I’ll be with you every step of the way, to help you with that process of discovery and individualized customization of your daily carbohydrate and calorie intake.
And of course all my personal training clients are free to totally ignore my diet advice altogether. Whether or not a client actually decides to follow some form of a personalized reduced carbohydrate eating plan is strictly up to them.