Mike Molloy, Power Monkey Camp Nutrition Coach and Founder of M2 Performance Nutrition is this week's FEATURED GUEST on the Power Monkey Podcast!
Here, Mike shares his advice to make sure your nutrition plan will help you achieve lasting results:
1) Your approach needs to have a longer life span than 30-90 days.
It’s simple to create a nutrition plan that slashes calories to generate weight loss in the short term. However, if it's so extreme that by month 2 you’re experiencing constant hunger and have plateaued in your progress at 1200 cals, what comes next? Drastic nutritional approaches make for great IG transformations that bring in new customers and make lots of $$$, but typically leave a lot of broken food relationships in their wake. With these drastic plans, what do you look like 2 months after that plan has stopped producing results? What does your relationship with food look like?
2) Your approach needs to teach you something about your nutritional needs.
Meal plans, where you are told exactly what to eat for each meal of the day, might seem like a great idea but ultimately are doomed to fail. Life is messy, and if you haven’t learned how to adapt on the fly when sh*t hits the fan, then your plan is destined to fail. This is why at M2 Performance Nutrition we don’t offer meal plans and never will. To use an old proverb, “You give a person a fish and you feed them for a day. You teach a person to fish and you will feed them for a lifetime.”
3) Unless you're a highly competitive athlete, your approach needs to eventually lead to intuitive eating where you put AWAY the food scale and rely upon your eyes and stomach.
Tracking macros is a great way to learn what appropriate food portions look like, what foods have WAY more calories than you might think, and ultimately how to align your nutritional intake with your day-to-day life, but for most of us it's NOT a long term solution. It's true that for some people, tracking is a pleasurable experience — and as long as it’s not creating anxiety, then keep doing what makes you happy. For the rest of us, our nutritional plan should have an exit strategy from the day-to-day tracking. We’ve written about this before with our Intuitive Eating blog posts, and are here to help you make the transition when the time is right.