Recently, I was evaluating the final results and success of my previous training program when I noticed something. For most of you who know, I religiously use Tanita’s Ironman Scale to track my body composition throughout the training process. As I was comparing my current program to my past numbers, I noticed a trend that I would regularly see great results early in programs, but after a few weeks my results would come crashing back down to earth. Knowing both my diet and training were consistent, I knew I had to reevaluate.
Understanding the Numbers
What I realized was that my nutrition off, but not the way you would think. I was eating what most would label as ‘healthy.’ The issue dawned on me when I looked at my macro-nutrition. Truth is, what I was eating did not align with my goal. Every new training stimulus did provide massive shifts in body composition…initially. My results fell to the wayside due to the lack of sustainability between my rigorous training and my nutrition.
This story is not unique. It is yet another humbling experience that reminds me 1) I don’t know everything and 2) know your goal. The problem? Essentially, my nutrition was geared towards losing weight, while my training was built for muscle building. It wasn’t that I wasn’t getting in the calories, but I wasn’t fueling with the RIGHT KIND OF CALORIES. For most of us it’s too many donuts and too many fries. In this case, it was too much protein and too little carbs. My macronutrient ratios were not sustainable for building muscle. That’s why the final results always yielded lesser results.
Back to Basics
Although it took some time to learn, the lesson is invaluable. The nutritional nuance was a grossly overlooked detail embedded in the basics. Albeit, if it wasn’t for the data, I would have continued trying to reinvent the wheel and struggled for success. Instead, I’ve learned the importance of testing assumptions. You simply pit them against the data because numbers never lie.
In lieu of the lesson, I cannot stress enough that no matter your training or nutrition, without tracking you are setting yourself up to fail. Without concrete data, how do you know whether you’re making progress? It’s also important not to complicate too much of the process. If you simply follow the 3 Keys to Results and build on that foundation, you will be well equipped to achieve the goals you seek.
Needless to say, I adjusted accordingly and the results speak for themselves, but don’t take my word for it…