nutrition coaching faq
How much weight will I lose?
The short answer is, it depends. Humans are complex. Our relationships with food are complex. And every complex human with complex relationships is different. I’ve worked with clients who’ve lost 20 pounds in 6 weeks and others who’ve lost 1 pound while adding 6 pounds of muscle and dropping their waist-size by 3 inches in 12 weeks. Following the program with 80% or more accuracy and commitment, my clients lose between 0.25 and 1 pound per week on average.
Do I have to count calories or track my macros?
Nope! I have some clients who have no idea what MyFitnessPal is and others who feel genuinely better when they do count calories and/or track macros. My philosophy at its core revolves around sustainability, consistency, repeatability and most importantly building a healthy relationship with food.
80% of my clients don’t count calories. The other 20% may use it for a short period of time then shelve it and see how things feel. The goal for all my clients is to get to the point where they can eat intuitively and feel good about their nutrition without constantly counting calories, tracking macros, or using charts, tools and scales to measure every blueberry and drop of creamer.
How do I contact you to ask a question?
The easiest way to ask me a question is through our app chat feature!
How do check-in’s and support work?
Depending on the program option you choose, you’ll be receiving scheduled support and communication from me through a mix of email, phone and/or in-person meetings. Everyone will receive support and communication through app chat, message and email, regardless of their program! If applicable, coaching phone calls will be conducted on Tuesdays and Thursdays. To better serve you, emails will be limited to 1 per week, and you can include as many questions as you’d like, less than 3 sentences for each question in bullet form. I try to answer emails on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s!
What’s different about your nutrition approach and philosophy? Are you going to put me on a low-carb, vegan or low-fat plan?
To echo above, humans and our relationships with food are complex. My approach is science-based and implemented through habit-tasks that we’ll organize, track and build on together. Science isn’t sexy and it doesn’t sell well, BUT it does show us what we should do to see results.
My programs are based on reviewing credible scientific evidence and distilling it down into simple language and habit-tasks so you can benefit and get results. We’ll work closely together through this collection of nutrition and lifestyle habit-tasks and mindset skills, rather than emailing you plain black and white instructions for a traditional diet that’s designed for marketing and sales, not long lasting results.
I've already tried everything else. Why would this work for me?
We all have those friends who lose weight on the new fad diet (on social media). BUT we don’t see the rebound-overeating, diet-fatigue, and weight regain (NOT on social media). There’s a reason fad diets come and go (who remembers South Beach?). If the social media diet gurus did in fact have the golden solution then everyone would be lean, fit and screaming about it from rooftops. This isn’t reality.
I assure you, you’re completely normal if the traditional diet cycle has failed you. The REAL solution is to get out of that cycle and into sustainable habit-based practices that actually work.
What kind of changes will I have to make?
We’ll work together to establish habits, build mindset skills, and incorporate changes based around your nutrition, your body and your lifestyle.
How long before I lose weight?
The honest answer is, it depends. I know this isn’t the sexy answer you were looking for. My coaching and programming is not a quick-fix crash diet 30-day suffer fest. I help folks make lasting changes that get them lasting results.
There’s no one-size-fits-all approach with weight loss. For some the weight seems to come off more easily, others hammer away a small but consistent 0.25 pounds lost each and every week, while others must lay weeks or even months of groundwork before they see true weight loss.
To put this differently, consider all the reps you've taken up to the point of seeking out a weight loss solution that have included unhealthy lifestyle habits, poor nutrition choices, minimal effort to change, and so on. Take a moment to try and quantify this. Understand that in most cases, it’s going to take at least that amount of reps in a healthy direction to unravel the unhealthy ones. Again, not the sexiest answer. I can’t guarantee a timeline for you but I CAN help you get those healthy reps in. With your commitment and 1, 2, or 1,000 healthy reps a day I can guarantee you’ll make progress towards your goals and see results.
Have you helped people like me before (who have a lot of weight to lose? People who are athletes? People who are moms/dads)?
I’ve worked with grandmothers and grandfathers, 10 year old club baseball athletes and professionals in the NFL. I’ve worked with folks who weighed 300+ and others who barely broke 50. I’ve worked with type 1 diabetics, NCAA division 1 athletes and a mom post-double knee replacement. Please scan through my testimonials here and shoot me a message or email if you want to learn more!