This article addresses one of the most common questions we get in the Science Lab – our private forum available to anyone who purchases our book, “Metabolic Flexibility for Fat Loss.” The very heart of ETP is to impart behavioral changes that make living an athletic lifestyle easier. We’re not here to dictate to you – we’re here to help you make better decisions.
“Can you send me a meal plan?”
“Can you tell me exactly what to eat and when?”
The short answer is….”No.”
We generally feel as though any programs that offer meal plans will only work for short term goals – not this long term thing we refer to as “life.”
It isn’t that we don’t have recommendations about what you could be eating; it isn’t as though we don’t think choice “a” might be better for you than choice “b.” It isn’t that we don’t want to help – we do, and we will, but eating for your performance and body composition goals is highly specific to the individual.
Some of the factors that play into what you should eat, how much, and when you should eat it are as follows:
- current body fat
- current lean muscle mass
- performance goals
- fat loss goals
- activity level
- use of supplements (or not)
- time of day of workouts
- makeup of your workout
- any known allergies or sensitivities
- timing of meals and number of meals per day
- previous food intake amounts/types
- what you just plain like or don’t like to eat
- Paleo/Zone/Other preferences
That isn’t even an all inclusive list either! While it would obviously be convenient if we could say “Just eat a, b, and c!” and “…Then do this particular workout, and all your wildest dreams will come true!”, it doesn’t happen that way.
What we will give you is this:
- Metabolic Flexibility – an e-book that explains how your body uses what you do and eat to affect your performance.
- A members-only forum to ask as many questions as you’d like, participate in our challenges, have your data points reviewed. You’ll meet others with similar goals, share recipes and meal ideas, etc.
- An opportunity to document your progress and how you do it for our moderators to review and provide specific suggestions.
- A calculator (already available on our blog) that gives you a starting point for how many calories, fat, carbohydrates, and protein you should likely be eating as a starting point.
- Unlimited webinars to discuss your individual questions and issues with Paul Nobles and other ETP staff.
What we ask for in return is simple – time and your data. Most people coming to Eat to Perform are tired of diets, tired of being hungry, tired of being tired, and we need to fix that first. We ask you to start eating to meet the demands of your workouts. For almost everyone that means eating MORE than you are right now. Over time you need to see how your body adjusts, and have your data (tracking what you eat and when you work out, combined with how your workouts have been going) reviewed by our moderators who will identify variables to modify to help you achieve your goals.
We firmly believe that our program is a more supported and sustainable approach than ones that simply tell you what to eat and when. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to fitness and nutrition – from different food preferences, to a variety of athletic intensity, to different goals, it is not possible to offer a realistic meal plan for each person. However, we offer various tools to calculate and track your nutritional intake and workout schedule, and then we will review your plan and offer our feedback based upon your goals and other factors.
Your food, your lifestyle, your workout schedule.