It’s been my experience that no one knows you better than yourself. Everyone knows what their tendencies are when it comes to food or their eating patterns. Everyone knows their triggers, and knows what foods get them off the wagon, and in a hurry.
As a trainer it’s my job to tell you how to navigate these cravings, not to tell you you can’t have this, or can’t have that. The disclaimer here is every so often I get a client who is in dire need of a concrete guidelines, or a client who is looking to do a bikini, or physique competition. In these instances there are hard no’s when it comes to certain foods and food groups.
But beyond these clients I try and educate my clients on the “why”. Why am I recommending these foods. Why am I pairing these specific macros together. Why they must change their eating patterns in order to reach their goals.
You are 100% supposed to phase your trainer out. They should teach you all of the necessary tools and strategies you need to eventually leave us in the dust. That’s the goal for all of our clients. I have loved the relationships I’ve formed with my clients, but it is my job to teach them all they need to know in order to successfully reach their weight-loss, healthier lifestyle, or any other destination.
However, one of the biggest obstacles my clients and I have to navigate is them knowing their own limitations. For example, I am a person who will take a mile if you give me an inch. I am not a person who can have a bite of this, or a bite of that. If I am going to have something I am having the whole damn thing! This is important for me to know about myself because it wouldn’t benefit me to add lower quality foods into any nutrition plan I have because that’s all I’ll want. For me, I have to cut it out cold turkey and not introduce it back into my diet.
For some of my clients they can absolutely have the one bite here, or one bite there. My mom for example, she is a rock-star when it comes to sampling. She will truly take a bite of that sweet treat, and a spoonful of that hearty dish and be done. I don’t know how she does it, or how we are in the same genetic pool because I most certainly didn’t get that gene!
So it’s my job to recognize these limitations in my clients, and help them understand what will work best for them. Going cold turkey is tough, in fact it’s the worst, but if you know you are a person who won’t be able to stay away from that specific food, then enlist your trainer to keep you on top of things. I like to work check-ins into our weekly sessions. Beyond their workout I check-in with them once a week via email, texts, or phone calls. Throughout the week if I think a particular client is going to struggle or needs more motivation, I will send them fun, motivational, or to the point texts to help them out.
Your trainer should be your partner in nutritional crime. Well, sort of. They should be someone you can text, email, or call, and they can talk you off a nutritional ledge. I am telling you, the brownie isn’t worth it. It can be in the right scenario or for the right client, but for the client who will have a bite of brownie, and will want the rest of the pan, that piece of brownie is not for you! I would know, I am the same way.
So listen to your trainer, if you are a person who can get away with the bite here, or bite there, YOU GET IT! I commend you, and don’t know how you keep that incredible hulk under control when you have a savory bite of that dish! But if you are like me, the best thing you can do is go cold turkey, know your nutritional limitations, and keep kicking butt. You will wake up proud of yourself, and more determined to reach your goals!
As always, keep working hard!
Megan Williams Training