The base of our pyramid is consistency.

Any goal that has nutrition as a cornerstone will be missed if we don’t have sustainable habits as its backbone.


It all starts by understanding that there is no magic pill. The “thing”, “supplement”, “meal plan” or “surgery” that promises fast results doesn’t work. If it did, then everyone we admire who have the results we want would be using them - but they don’t.


Virtually all of those that have the cool athletic goals, the nice-looking bodies, the never-ending energy levels, took the long road. They understand that there are no shortcuts, just hard work. When we become so accustomed to being comfortable, at the hint of discomfort, we are out.


When it comes to nutrition, all diets “work”. Multiple studies have found that no single diet produces significantly more fat loss than others. In other words, if we are following a Keto diet, or Atkins, or intermittent fasting, or Low Carb, etc., it doesn’t matter. The variable that matters is consistency. The most important factor amongst successful dieters is their adherence to the plan.


When it comes to specific diets, what we are looking for is a strategy that works for us. It doesn’t really matter if we are trying to do Keto (a high-fat diet) if we are in love with carbohydrates. We want a plan that is sustainable in the long run.


There are a couple of smart moves our tribe has used, which have helped them successfully adhere to their nutrition goals.


Moderation.

Self-explanatory, we know… But none of the goals we want are going to happen if we don’t apply moderation.


We need to have a plan that ensures we are controlling how much we eat, and what we eat. Our tribe usually tracks their food because it is the best tool we have at the moment to monitor food intake, but we also use combine other strategies like Intermittent fasting, restricting specific foods, using our hands to measure food quantity, etc.


The main idea is to find a way to have some control over the type and amounts of foods we are eating.


Tracking.

Not food tracking, but tracking what is working and what is not working. Our tribe uses a lot of markers when it comes to this tool. What we want is to have as much data as possible to make sure we are moving in our desired direction. We use a couple of variables to monitor data: progress pictures, morning body-weight, questionnaires, biofeedback, body measurements, training logs, etc.


“I know I’m making progress!” is different than, “I think I might be making progress.”


Community.

Simple. We want to make sure we are hanging around people that support our goals. There are probably hundreds of books that can explain this in greater detail, but we change our behaviors based on cues given to us by our surroundings. It’s easier to eat healthy if those around us eat healthy, or at least encourage us to eat healthy. It’s harder to eat healthy if we have a pizza waiting for us at home Monday through Friday.


Let’s make sure the communities around each of us are indeed supporting us.


In the past, we have talked to our tribe about the importance of sharing their goals with their friends and family. This is helpful due to the fact that with this knowledge, those around us will be less tempted to offer us obstacles like ordering food online or getting ice-cream. This will also hold us accountable if we are not following through with our goals in front of them.


Structure.

You have probably heard it before, “even coaches need coaches”.


Trusting a program makes adherence easier… that’s why we encourage everyone to do their own research. Find someone you can trust, someone that can prove their knowledge with results, and has the ability to teach you the ins and outs of your program.


We also need to ask “why?”.

For example:

“ Why am I supposed to stop eating dairy?”

“ Why is my coach tracking my blood glucose levels?”

“ Why am I supposed to stop eating dairy?”

“ Why am I using % based training?”

“ What are all these crazy energy tests?”


Choice vs Pleasure.

This one is key.