What I am about to share with you is based on forming my own opinions through experience, further study and 1000's of hours of experience through working with clients since I started my career back in 2003...
🛑 #1 Cardiovascular Training Doesn't Really Work
Running on the treadmill wasn't getting me anywhere because it only burns intramuscular fat (not the kind you can pinch around the belly or chest) and it actually takes around 3,000 calories to lose a single pound of fat, meaning around 6+ hours on the treadmill which wasn't realistic for me or an effective way to train.
In fact it was reducing my already decreasing muscle mass (due to the ageing process) which lowered my base metabolic rate and significantly raised the amount of 'fat storing' stress hormone that my body was producing from doing endurance type activities, so it didn't make sense to train this way any longer.
🛑 #2 The Food Industry Has Been Lying To Us
The foods out there that are promoted as 'healthy' by the big companies were actually damaging my body because of the ingredients and actually increase hunger and left me feeling unsatisfied, making it virtually impossible for me to stick to any diet or get any results.
Discovering the JERF method (Just Eat Real Food) and coupling it with my own unique macro-nutrient cycling system that helps to overcome the very common 'diet plateau effect', I was able to lose weight consistently each and every week and still eat foods that I love... in fact cheating helped me lose more weight!
🛑 #3 I Could Get Much Better Results Training Less
After researching alternate training methods and delving deeper into the science behind those approaches, I came to learn less is more when it comes to testosterone optimisation which is responsible for your muscle mass, energy and mood, something that is important when you are over 30 years old.
By using 'high intensity intermittent training' and combining it with free weights (kettlebells), I was able to combine complete cardiovascular and resistance conditioning workouts within 30 minutes, meaning I would benefit from an 'upgraded metabolic rate' for up to 72 hours and improve my body composition without hours working out, meaning less time in the gym and more time with my wife and kids.
🛑 #4 Working On My Mindset Was The Key To Change
Self sabotage would constantly show up due to old habits and I soon realised that without consistency and focus, I would constantly be spinning my wheels and staying the same. To have a healthy body, you have to have a healthy mind as the outside is only a reflection of your level of commitment to your goals and self esteem.
Knowing this, I enrolled in a life coaching certification and started working on my mindset and adopting a more positive attitude, not just to training or nutrition... but to life in general. Having learned the tools and ability to effectively manage my daily stress, thoughts and feelings made it possible for me to overcome my excuses, limiting ideas and stories to take more action, have more self belief and focus to reach my goal... without giving up when things didn't go my way or letting life get in the way.
The final result was a 'brand new' person from the inside out that has not only benefited me, but my family also. Because I had a better relationship with myself on many levels, I was able to show up in all areas of life as a better man, Dad and husband and I've helped many other Dads achieve the same...