Whaaaat? That’s right. I don’t work with everyone who comes to me asking for fitness or nutrition help waving money in my face. Why would I do such a thing?
The MAIN reason I will turn someone down, is if they tell me their goal is to lose weight/fat and THEY ARE ONLY EATING 900-1100 CALORIES.
This happens pretty often, and it breaks my heart to see girls go through this. Initially I ask someone their goal.. then I ask if they have any idea how much they are eating. When they tell me something as little as that, I tell them they only have two options if that is the goal they are after:
1. Cut calories even more/add in more cardio,
2. Reverse diet sloooowly and build their metabolic capacity.
I then tell them that unfortunately, I will not help them or work with them if they chose the first option. That is NOT healthy, and I will not do something like that to someone.
I understand.. girls have a hard time wrapping their head around eating more. I’ve been there, it made me nervous as well. But really, what is more important here? Losing some fat, or getting healthy and increasing your metabolic capacity? I’m 100% sure the answer to that is getting healthy.
You will not die increasing calories. In fact, it may be the best thing you could ever do. It certainly was for me.
I NEVER, ever, ever ate 1000 calories, always way more than that, but still probably too little for my body and the amount of calories I was expending when I was a long distance runner. I did this without realizing it, because I didn’t count calories or track macros. However, it still didn’t really benefit me and my body.
Reverse dieting helped me finally build muscle (hello quads!), eat more, get STRONG, restore my energy and balance my hormones. I wasn’t getting a period after going off birth control, and the only thing that brought it back was eating more. Yeah, would you look at that. My doctor never even thought of that.
Anyway, my point is, please do not be afraid to eat more. It is very necessary in some cases. If you are eating very low calorie and think your goal is to lose weight or fat, you need to reevaluate your goals.
Also, be wary of who you work with. A good coach WILL turn down clients if they are not in a healthy state wanting to get leaner. Health is always most important, not a 6 pack or being super lean.
What do you think?
Have you ever worked with a bad coach?