Today on my instagram story, I shared this current progress picture of myself…
(Top is now, bottom is 3.5-4 weeks ago)
I’m clearly leaner in the top picture. Nothing insane, but you can’t expect insane results in 3-4 weeks and especially not when you don’t have 20+ lbs to lose.
But the kicker here is… I only lost 1lb. That’s pretty frustrating, right?!
I was pissed because I’m GRINDING to get lean for the summer. But then I saw the picture and all the metrics I’m recording and realized… Shit, that’s actually pretty good!
So today I want to share 10 FACTS that other coaches try to avoid sharing with you:
#1 – Fast Results Suck.
Is it cool to see the scale drop quick? Yes, of course. Makes you feel good.
But the truth is, it doesn’t last AND you won’t FEEL GOOD while getting that to happen.
So what is the point of going super hard for 45 days, to get super lean and then completely erase all that progress as soon as you can finally start enjoying the results you achieved…? There is no point. That’s my point.
Stop buying into the gimmicky quick fix diets. They will not serve you, I promise – I’ve been there.
#2 – The Scale Sucks, Too.
You and I both know the scale is an annoying tool to track progress, but it’s necessary. But if a coach is ONLY having you record
progress via the scale…. Something is very wrong.
Because what about when you have a little extra sodium? What if you didn’t sleep or have higher stress, so you retain water? What about if you’re a female and are on your period? What if you have bad digestion?
These are ALL reasons for the scale to not cooperate, but non of them directly mean your progress has stalled or that things aren’t working.
#3 – Biofeedback, Doesn’t Suck!
The scale is great but biofeedback is better, this is why I’m not pissed about my progress. Because the scale only dropped a pound, but all my biofeedback is amazing.
I’m performing well, sleeping well, not stressing extra, not super hungry, not having cravings… All the things you expect during a diet, aren’t there. Which tells me neurologically and hormonally, I’m in a good position still.
And remember, The Physical Follows The Physiological.
#4 – Be Patient and Work At It Longer.
The WORST marketing line I could possibly use. But I double down on the truth and never lie to my clients.
The truth here is simple.
Taking a longer amount of time at this, is 10x smarter. Because you will be able to sustain it.
But more importantly, your biofeedback and the small weight loss per week will be sustainable too. I’d rather drop 1lb a month for 6 months, getting SUPER lean a hell of a lot easier… Than drop 6lbs in 1.5 months, only to feel like dog 💩 and rebound the weight back on.
#5 – Fat Loss Is NOT Linear.
Linear just means ongoing, a straight path…
You WILL have weight fluctuations.
You WILL see progress.
You WILL have week’s you DO NOT see progress.
The truth is, there’s plenty of ups and downs during a fat loss phase… But me telling you that, again is horrible marketing.
But it’s the truth and I bet on that above all else.
#6 – Flexibility is Sustainability.
I’d rather you enjoy some wine and have slower progress, than you avoid it by any means necessary and make fast progress.
Because without flexibility, you go insane.
You won’t maintain the result once it’s here.
You’ll hate the process/experience.
And it will create a negative relationship with food, dieting, exercise, and this “lifestyle”.
Many coaches will push a hard meal plan and create lines that cannot be crossed… I say 🖕 that because I want you to ENJOY the process, while being able to stick with it.
#7 – You Need To Be Educated.
Many coaches try to hide their secrets out of fear of clients leaving.
I’m “the magician who shows his magic tricks”. I WANT my clients to learn what, why, and how. Because that’s the only way 2 years later I can reach out and see how they are, only to find out that they are STILL lean.
If you’re not educating yourself, you’re not preparing to sustain your results. Period.
#8 – The Exit Strategy is Just As Important.
I don’t always share my exit strategy with my clients, simply because I don’t want them worrying or focusing on too many things at once.
Just focus on the now and you’ll be better off. But I ALWAYS have a plan, for after the plan. Because without an exit strategy, you have no idea on what comes after the diet is over.
This is why crash and fad diets are so terrible and do more damage than good. They get you super lean, quick… but then leave you high and dry with no possible way of understanding how to continue to see progress or even sustain the progress you’ve made.
Just like old school bodybuilder template meal plans… they do not work! Because there is no exit strategy. And even though I talked about how strict and rigid meal plans can actually be helpful in one of my recent videos, there was still a lot of flexibility within it and that provides you with a way out.
The point being… you need a plan, for after the plan.
#9 – You Need To Eat Like An Adult.
This sounds hilarious and kinda rude… But it’s reality.
On a diet, you DO need to eat greens and healthy things that your grandma forced you to eat when you were a child.
It’s just the reality. Lots of produce will absolutely improve health, digestion, and even fat loss.
So even though macros matter and you technically can eat whatever the hell you want within those macro totals… Those results won’t last if you do not eat a good amount of produce. Add to that, you absolutely CAN lose fat better and on more calories when consuming lots of whole foods.
And before you tell me, “fat loss is an equation, so calories in vs. calories out is all that really matters…”
I will debunk you with real life examples of clients who I pushed through fat loss plateaus WITHOUT adjusting calories, but by simply adjusting the types of foods they were consuming within those calories.
Micros matter too.
#10 – I Struggle With Fat Loss Too.
I’m not a super human or a fat burning robot. The truth is, this shit is hard for me too. And I’m happy to admit it.
My genetics suck, I like fatty foods, and I hate cardio. I know the science, but it doesn’t mean I have to like every second of it.
Is it easy for me to stay consistent? Yes, because I have YOU to keep me accountable.
But the other reason it’s easier for me to adhere, stay consistent, and see results…
Is because I pay coaches.
In fact, I have 3 coaches in my life to help me with my results and I invest A LOT every single month to make sure I have that support and guidance.
Now, take away what you want from this blog… But if I were to suggest anything of you…
It’d be to invest in the long run. Focus on consistency over perfect. Trust the process. Understand that our bodies are stubborn and there’s no magic trick to change that reality. And if you DO want to see a massive change in our body, for the better, invest in coaching.
It’s the smart thing to do. Because it works.
Cody McBroom is a Strength Coach and Nutrition Expert located in Seattle WA. He coaches people in person and online, now internationally. His passion is helping individuals changing their lives through body composition transformation, as well as creating content across all platforms to help individuals and other coaches learn more about training and nutrition.