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I am so ashamed!
Having to face up to and admit to some of the really stupid things I’ve done in my own life in my pursuit of health, experience & knowledge.
This article is possibly, one of the hardest & self demeaning, that I will ever have to write. I managed to sweep it all under that proverbial carpet - until now.
Why is NOW the time to explain why I have evolved into a passionately vocal individual? One who refuses to pander to, or accept the bullshit. The malevolent forces sublimely pervading my industry? Because I too, have been a victim of false promises & belief in the greater good.
Perhaps this article about my own experience with Slimming Clubs, will help you understand my passion.
After many years of additional formal study, it's time to come clean and air what I consider to be my "dirty laundry" in it's rank glory. I allowed myself to get involved in something so damaging to my mindset & sense of well-being. As an accredited coach in this field, this will always be, my bitter pill to swallow & I continue to regularly beat myself up about the mistakes I have made.
My need to verbalise it in words for the public domain, so that the long process of cathartic baggage, can hopefully be relegated to the past - where most errors of judgement belong!
Right here goes.
A few years ago, after my back injury, and subsequent enforced sedentary lifestyle. I gained weight, which further compounded the back pain issue. Like so many other patients , I trusted the NHS, when they recommended a Slimming Club to solve my woes.
Although I had studied basic nutrition years before, when I first qualified as a PT, I felt too overwhelmed & fraught with pain to tend to my own needs. I realised that I needed accountability & support. I had been taught to recognise that it’s not a weakness, but a strength, for a professional to seek support.
I attended that first session, with an open mind. I also decided I would “trust not only the system, but the process”.
I took proud ownership of my new books after a basic “sales talk” and then stood in the queue to wait my turn to pay my money & get weighed on the impressive looking scale.
This ritual lasted for more than 6 months . During this process, I even looked into the possibility of becoming a consultant. I went through all the interviews & training (which I later realised were no more than them closing the "sale"). Not surprisingly, I was a successful candidate and now all that remained was me to pay for my investment in my new “franchise business”. I had this uncomfortable niggle, in my pain addled & medicated brain, that made me decline this offer. My excuse was that I was unable to afford it.
It was at this point that I decided not to align myself with a “brand”, but invest considerably more money, in gaining world class certifications, in the scientific field of nutrition. This has helped me become an agnostic when it comes to brands, hypothesis or fashion. Evidence based science, without conflict of interests, is the only principle which counts.
Any diet program or method, will initially cause someone to lose weight, but it’s the methods & adherence to not only scientific principles, but the impact that certain protocols may have on an individual clients, that also has to be taken into consideration.
There is undoubtedly a positive aspect of being part of any “support group”. I met amazing people and I felt that I was a part of something sociable.
On the downside, ( I now know there were many), I became obsessed with food for the first time in my life. Prior to this group, I ate to fuel my body, now I was classifying food-groups as good or 'sinful"! My entire day, became consumed with how, what when to obtain, eat and record food. I avoided people and became irrationally angry at family meals, if anyone dared to present a morsel, which I perceived as bad.
My life also now revolved around the scale. As much as I had studied & understood the basic science, I found myself totally embroiled in a downward spiral of self hate & reliance on a number. That number, could determine how I felt that day. Suicidal or euphoric were the two competing emotions! On top of my injury & slight weight gain, I could now add depression to my growing list of ailments!
Before our weekly “weigh-in” I would starve myself on a liquid diet for a few days, and on THE DAY, I would refuse even a sip of water, until I stepped off the scale! I would find the skimpiest article of clothing, oblivious to weather, and god forbid any jewellery( my watch), the enemy of the all important scale diagnosis.
Ironically, this behaviour was applauded most weeks at this group. That loss in “number” recorded from the week before was all that mattered in life. As I was never really in the obese classification, I usually felt like a complete failure in comparison as other members were losing 4 or 5 pounds each week. I had a mere half a pound loss (if I was lucky).
I had started working out again and revisiting “the science”, which was contradictory to everything this “group” stood for. But when you get hooked on the idea of something, regardless if in the back of your mind you know, it’s akin to self sabotage, it’s hard to break the cycle! I was now firmly in the grasp of disordered eating! I convinced myself that the processed crap they were selling was “good for me”. Avocados & butter were mine enemy!
I even managed to convince myself that the methods they preached "must be the latest" and all the boring sciency stuff I learned, was probably outdated.
Even though I mostly lost weight, (40 pounds) this unsustainable way of existing caused skin breakouts, hair loss etc. I was also losing muscle mass and my will to live. The antithesis of health!
That scale ruled my life to the detriment of my physical & emotional health!
The fact I was now doing weight training and sticking to a 6 day training regime, meant that I began to lose not only body fat, but also I was unable to regain lean body mass (muscle).
This vicious cycle of disordered eating & self abuse, drove me to work out more - ignoring all signs that my body needed wholesome nutritious food and time for healing, repair and replenishment. Metabolically, my body was rebelling and in a terrible state.
I was emotionally a wreck who would cry during an advert! My energy levels were non existent and I knew deep down that eating as much pasta, and other sugar laden simple carbs was a recipe for disaster, so I started to rebel!
I became angry & disillusioned. When I had spent the entire week exercising really hard, starving myself of good food and cramming processed shit down my throat - all in my efforts to get to a number on the scale.
This unhealthy lifestyle that I had succumbed to, was considered an achievement and celebrated with “stickers & certificates". This same company took a delight in claiming credit for their methods at successful “weigh-in” for my perceived achievements. The fact that there was absolutely nothing that could be construed as healthy about what I was doing, eventually made me realise how incredibly shallow it all was.
The consultants are not trained in nutrition science or “coaching” and they are unable to recognise, respond or support the blatant signs of disordered eating that this sort of program can cause.
In fact most of the consultants are going through the same damaging abusive cycle themselves. Their own extreme weight fluctuations and causative metabolic damage . They generally end up weighing more than when they started their journey. They have convinced themselves, that they and their clients didn’t stick to the “program” when things go wrong.
While this entire experience had a massive and negative effect on me personally. So much so, that to this day, I’m conflicted & reeling from the residual effects and pure unadulterated outrage that the “system” is so flawed!
Unfortunately, these slimming companies are not the only guilty participants. The entire multi billion pound “health” industry, attracts & harbours charlatans in every niche. And the powers-that-be, seem to turn a blind eye or they endorse them!
The positive outcome, was that it made me passionate about studying science.
What irks me the most, is the knowledge that large corporate companies, who have the resources & reputation to actually make a difference in the lives of their clients, choose instead to pursue profit over morals.
Yes there are “success stories” that emerge. The percentages are always highly debated, but whenever I see a “slimmer of the year” who has kept their weight off (more than 5 years), I can almost guarantee that their transformation has had more to do with lifestyle change decisions (including structured exercise protocols), than following a formula designed to keep people in the continual loop of lifelong membership.
It's often argued that "it’s cheap as chips" on the pocket to join these clubs, hence the huge attraction and low standards or expectations.
My personal experience and as someone defined as “you should have known better”, this cheap program, ultimately became the most expensive & detrimental decision of my life.
It’s taken me years to get over (?) the many negative repercussions in being a part of this sabotaging cycle. I often try to convince myself that at least I now have first hand experience of this “game”.
Does this now empower me to help my clients who are also experiencing the same conflict?
The best I can do now, is support them and coax them back to health through understanding, science & long term sustainability.
Perhaps together we can help break the shackles and the devastating consequences of being a slave to that effing scale.
complete❓Is LBC just for super serious weight training clients?"
❓"Is it only for the super wealthy?"
❓"Does personal training really work for the average person?"
These are just a few of a selection of questions we frequently hear from people who are fed up with training hard in generic “one-size-fits-all” environments.
They wonder why they are not getting the results they deserve, and are now perhaps sceptical about whether working with Lean Body Clinic is right for them and their goals.
You're right to be sceptical.
The commercial fitness industry doesn't have a great reputation right now, especially after shocking revelations regarding unethical business practices & ineffective training methods.
We see or hear of other personal trainers, who either take on far too many clients or they haven’t invested in an equipped gym/studio to optimally coach their clients and we understand your reservations.
Here are some facts about Lean Body Clinic in Chandler’s Ford:
Our trainers comes from a diverse background. A trainer who has competed in elite level sports, completed Master Level certifications in fitness, nutrition & life coaching and our experience & diversity, is certainly useful when it comes to getting our clients the results they desire.
However, our emphasis at LBC isn't merely on creating six packs and tight glutes, we take a very holistic approach to health, wellness, fitness, mobility and body composition, and this is reflected across every facet of our professional practice.
"Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless and we add what is specifically your own"
We often review our practices, in line with the latest in scientific studies and update them, incorporating whatever methods will help our clients achieve the results they need.
We refuse to conform to popular trends, fads & fashions, nor are we tied to any particular dogma, or training system. Our ONLY vested interest is in our client's results.
We are expensive. We make no apologies for that. However, we aren't in the business of “trading time for money”. Our commitment to you doesn't end when you leave the gym. We might more aptly be described as accountability specialists than personal trainers.
If you can care about your own results as much as our trainers care about them, then you won't be disappointed. We aren't for everyone; but for those who are ready to commit & trust our process, we provide a truly transformative service in a private studio, where you will not feel threatened or intimidated . During our 1:1 sessions, you will never have to share the studio with anyone else except your coach. This is your very own sanctuary - for the entire duration of your allotted time. We value and respect your privacy.
So If you're ready for a complete change in your lifestyle, and weight-loss body transformation, or just want to know more about all the options we have available, drop me a message and I will get back to you. If you want a free consultation, let me know your preferred days and times and I will arrange it for you.
The big fat cardio myth explained
Those who extol the virtues of cardio exercise for weight-loss, in its many & various sweaty forms, are simply wrong. They obviously don’t understand the physiology of metabolism & fat loss.
Jumping up & down, running, swimming, cycling, most group fitness classes and anything else that makes you feel beasted, out of breath & sweaty, is great fun, but you won’t get that lean, ripped physique. Cardio alone, will not
create any significant improvements, due to insufficient overload. (H.E.A.V.Y weight).
Cardio is important, but when it comes to weight loss protocols, it’s role is secondary & almost insignificant. Think of Cardio as “enhancing” a fat loss program with added cardiovascular health benefits.
Sadly, if you are pounding your suburban pavements, in your valiant quest for leanness & six pack utopia, you are going to get very demoralised. Some large people initially do lose weight, just by moving and that is because they are shifting heavy body weight, but eventually they will plateau if cardio is their only form of exercise.
I do prescribe Cardio to my weight loss clients/patient referrals, but only in extraordinary circumstances would we do cardio in our 1:1 consultations. If your goal is fat loss and healthy body composition, we always prioritise & focus on resistance training.
Our clients eventually learn how to ignore all the asinine and mythical advice out there and they are educated on the basic principles of “why” the body stores fat and more importantly, “how” to coax the body into shedding it.
Achieving that shredded athletic look, is determined by a lowered body fat percent. The how is by adhering to an energy deficit (how much & what we eat) & building muscle mass. Scientifically this is only achieved, by progressively overloading the muscles (heavy weights) & subsequent muscle repair. Regardless of what you may have been told or believe, the equipment you need is in a gym or studio, and is too heavy to load up to cart to a mobile venue!
Consistent; daily; step-by-step actions of the above combination, is the scientifically prescribed recommendation for those seeking "sustainable weight loss outcomes".
Following fashionable fads, where macronutrient groups are excluded or demonised is not only terrible advice, this will also hinder your progress. When I hear people saying “I’ve cut out carbs”, implies ignorance - vegetables, fruits & many other nutritious food, are also carbohydrates . We will look at the carb myth and put that fallacy to bed in another forensic blog post.
If you have any comments or further questions, please leave them below.
For the majority of fitness & nutrition, “professionally credentialed coaches”, social media has become an incessant den of ignorant iniquity & perpetual lies!
We are exposed to pencil thin girls jumping up & down with weights the size of thimbles, to super-shredded- hormone-enhanced-selfie-takers, who protesteth far too much , that it’s all naturally begotten . Oh and let’s not forget the filters & photoshop skillz. And don't even get me started on the Z-List celebrities who continually pop up, shamelessly plugging the dodgiest junk that the equally dodgy companies target them to promote. Not really surprising then, that everyone is more confused and obesity is at pandemic proportions.
My biggest nemesis, is the abundance of new “wellness coaches” or slimming club consultants (sic,) whose professional industry credentials, are blatantly non existent. The sad thing, is most of them are genuinely good people. Their ignorance & lack of knowledge are how they get hoodwinked into this vicious cycle of misinformation.
The majority of these people have not spent years studying or gaining real hands on experience in our field and their “education” is based on how to sell their “personal experience” or overpriced & mostly ineffective snake oil products - packaged as magic potions, shakes, juices and pills & other equally useless promises.
The legitimate professionals, would never risk their credibility by aligning with this dodgy world of pseudoscience. Unfortunately, there are of course the exceptions- those sorts who would sell their granny if it meant a few quid in their pocket.
Some of these companies even push exercise videos - you know the sort, the ones that have you jumping up & down in front of your TV screen armed with tiny dumbbells, yoga mat, elastic bands and other bits of equally ineffective paraphernalia. (If this sounds like your fitness class the only person benefitting from this arrangement is the person/company you are paying.)
Best case scenario, is that you may initially drop a few pounds on that massively unreliable scale, or potentially improve your cardio fitness, but you're more likely NOT to get any results or you will get injured and quit!
On the flip side, I absolutely applaud anyone who has taken that huge step (even if they are misguided) in getting out of your comfort zone, in your attempts to make the changes. Unfortunately, if it’s sustainable weight loss or body composition goals you are after, if you bought into this hyped up BS, you are probably not going to succeed.
Regardless of what our favourite celebrity coach, fitness magazine (paid for by supplement advertising & therefore a tad conflicted in bias), or juice company tell you, results are determined by what & how much you eat - and only a qualified expert should even broach nutrition with you.
And there is no way to sugarcoat the fact that you need an individualised exercise program which focuses on systematic progressive overload (compound exercises with access to heavy weights).
If it was as easy as all the “others” tell you, don’t you think that as an industry people wouldn’t bother spending years studying the evidence based sciences and working in the trenches?
Please leave your comments and share this post to any of your loved ones who are caught in the cycle described above, all opinions are welcome ;-)
MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS IN THE UK ARE CALLING FOR OBESITY TO BE RECLASSIFIED AS A DISEASE, WHICH HAS PROMPTED MASSIVE DEBATES REVERBERATING THROUGH THE HEALTH & FITNESS COMMUNITY.