Myself and our TT team are always reading, researching, collaborating, and constantly learning as much as we can to improve our programs, coaching and results. Recently I read a blog post that included this picture of a woman from the U.S. by the name of Deb Hunter. The blog post (included in our reads for the week) was one of my recent favourites for a variety of reasons. For those of you still obsessed with the scale, look at this picture. You can’t argue results.
So in an attempt to always explore and question what I read and to say thank-you and congratulations on her training success, I contacted this woman and became friends with Deb on facebook.
In our chat the other day she said: “Hi..glad to share… hope it helps some women to get healthy. I eat a ton of meat and the fat content keeps the cal count high,so on average I do eat about 3000…more often closer to 4000. I eat really low on the carb side..by choice. It is WHAT you eat that matters, not counting calories. If you feed the body what it *needs*, it’s satisfied, but those feelings of “I am going to starve to death on 500, or 900..etc. calories” is right! Your body thinks it is starving and will store everything until it gets real food!!…makes sense huh?. BTW.. I lift weights…as much as possible, would everyday if I could, and highly recommend it!! – Deb Hunter.
Deb is a great example of a few practices that are a huge part of our TT training philosophy and should be of yours as well if you are interested in moving better, feeling better and getting results.
1) Screw the scale. My fav quote from this blog post was, “Losing weight is not what you want and pursuing a number on your scale is not the path to success. It will drive you insane, though. But that’s probably not your goal.” I’ve seen it drive people batty. Don’t be one of those people who are mislead by the ‘almighty scale’.
2)What you eat is critical to your success. Should you start eating 4000 calories and only meat and fat? NO, not necessarily, because everyone requires a different structure to what they should specific eat. What you need to do is work with a coach that will help you build a nutrition plan that is best for YOUR body, YOUR program and YOUR goals.
3) Women need to strength train. Deb is in her mid fifties, and some trainers would have her pumping the pink 5lbs weights, but that is NOT effective.
One of my favourite fitness quotes is, “Train hard in the gym, even harder in the kitchen”. Getting lean isn’t about eating less or training more it’s about training and eating smart. That is the secret to success, just as Deb Hunter!