Precision Nutrition

Precision Nutrition

Since 2006, our world-class, multidisciplinary team of counselors, doctors, exercise specialists, naturopaths, and nutritionists have coached more than 200,000 people in nearly 100 countries through our coaching and certification programs.
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Precision Nutrition2 hours ago
Dig your fitness tracker? That's cool. Just don't cling too tight to the "data", knowing that there's a large margin of error.

We did a cool infographic on this: http://www.precisionnutrition.com/problem-with-calorie-counting-calories-out

And it's companion:
http://www.precisionnutrition.com/problem-with-calorie-counting-calories-in
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Precision Nutrition10 hours ago
[COACHING TIP OF THE WEEK]: Enjoy the "there's yer problem" moment.

Years ago, I had a problem with my washing machine. It wasn't draining, it was making weird noises, it was all screwed up.

I called the repair person. He showed up, rooted around in the machine's guts, and then with a satisfied look on his face, said:

"There's yer problem."

He pulled out a dime.

It had fallen out of a pocket, gotten lodged somewhere in my machine's tummy, and gummed up the works.

I love this kind of moment.

Because now the dime is a known puzzle to solve, rather than a mysterious machine-destroying force.

Now you can wrap your mind around what to do next.

Even if you don't know how to extract that dime, you know that the dime is A Thing.

And quite likely, one or two factors are making a big impact.

You also know the dime didn't mean to be a jerk. It just did what dimes do, which is to slide into tiny crevices and then be a hard flat piece of metal that doesn't budge.

You can be curious and compassionate about the dime. Where did it come from? How did it get there? How could I prevent future dime-age?

If you have your clients do a food journal-- or use any other practice of data gathering, think of it as an exploration into "Where's the problem?" or, even better, "Where are the successes?"

* What noises is my machine making? (In other words, what do the data tell me is happening right now?)

* What COULD those noises mean? (In other words, could my client and I come up with a few working hypotheses about how to explain the results they are getting?)

* Does my machine work for some clothes and not others? (In other words, where is my client doing well consistently, and where do they struggle?)

* Is there a dime or two gumming up the works? (In other words, as we look at my data, are there one or two obvious limiting factors that are blocking them the most from being more consistent?)

* What IS working with my washing machine? In other words, what IS working with clients' food choices?

Remember to be curious and compassionate about the dime.
After all, it's just doing dime things.

Don't hate on the dime. Likewise, don't be mad or judge-y about the conditions that create inconsistency in food decisions.

Instead, think about how to change the dime's path, or change the probability that a pocket with a dime in it might go through your wash.

In other words, think about how to change the underlying conditions that create the data in your client's journal.

-Krista Scott-Dixon
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Precision Nutrition1 day ago
You know “That Guy”. He’s confident, his cholesterol’s in check, he’s not embarrassed to take his shirt off in public, and he doesn’t get winded playing with his kids (or grandkids).

After coaching thousands of clients, we can confidently say: Wanting to be ‘That Guy’ can either propel you toward your goal… or completely paralyze you.

Here’s what to do about it.
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Precision Nutrition1 day ago
At one point or another, we've all probably thought,

"If I could *just* eat a little better, exercise a little more, and finally get my stuff together, I could be MORE LIKE THEM."

Then life would be great... Right?

Well, things aren't always what they seem.

Today we've got two articles for you -- one for the GUYS, and one for the GIRLS.

In them we'll dispel some myths, reset expectations, and focus on helping you become "That GUY / That GIRL" you want to be.

But on your terms. And much sooner than you expect.

==> [FOR WOMEN] How to become "That GIRL" on your terms:
==> http://www.precisionnutrition.com/i-want-to-be-that-girl

==> [FOR MEN] How to become "That GUY" on your terms:
==> http://www.precisionnutrition.com/i-want-to-be-that-guy
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Precision Nutrition2 days ago
Someone shared this chart in our Precision Nutrition Certification FB group. Sparked some great conversation.

Loved what PN's Brian St. Pierre said. He shared some awesome tools and resources, too:
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"There's been lots of great debate about the "value" of an image like this.

From my perspective I don't think there is any one "right" answer. It all depends on the context in which it's being used.

On one hand, the infographic is true. Ultimately energy balance is what determines changes in body weight (though other elements impact the composition of that weight change).

This is an *undeniable fact*. It has been demonstrated over and over in the literature.

But, as we've outlined in many of our pieces, simply *knowing* the energy balance equation doesn't actually make anyone lose weight.

Weight loss and behavior change have *far* more to do with psychology than physiology. But even these elements are not mutually exclusive. Our thoughts impact our outcomes.

And the energy balance equation is not as straightforward as it might seem -- http://www.precisionnutrition.com/metabolic-damage -- because nothing in it is static. And everything is intertwined.

Furthermore, MANY elements impact someone's likelihood of being overweight/obese/ability to lose weight.

This diagram... -- http://www.shiftn.com/obesity/Full-Map.html --is one of my *favorite* tools for displaying this concept.

As you can see, there are so many things that influence our food intake, energy expenditure, thoughts about those things, and more. Humans are complex 🙂

In the end, I think this piece is both "true" and helpful in certain circumstances, such as to make a point with dogmatic thinkers (e.g. keto/vegan/paleo is the *only* diet people should follow, etc.), but in the end it's not really actionable or helpful in terms of moving a client forward.

Ultimately, being able to *consistently* implement an eating style is the MOST IMPORTANT element for long-term success."
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Precision Nutrition2 days ago
We get asked this a lot.

So here's an outline of the habits we recommend in Precision Nutrition Coaching (plus a detailed look at exactly *how* we coach): http://www.precisionnutrition.com/how-precision-nutrition-coaches-clients

(Keep in mind, this is just one example; since we’re client-centered, we tailor habits to clients’ needs, gender, goals, etc.).
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Precision Nutrition3 days ago
What's the best diet?

We don't believe there is one. But even though there is no "Perfect Diet" for everyone...there can be a best way of eating for YOU.

Here's how you can find it.
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Precision Nutrition4 days ago
Fitness in the context of real human life is just like the rest of life.

We’re all just doing the best we can in challenging, complicated circumstances. We are all living messy, imperfect lives. We are all human.

Since we already know that stuff is going to go wrong, the best thing we can do is anticipate and make plans for how to deal when they do.

A simple way to do this is by answering two questions:

1) What’s likely to get in the way of what I hope to accomplish?

2) What is something I can do today to help me keep going when I face those obstacles?

For some people, that might be a Sunday ritual where they prep food for the week so they won’t be scrambling for healthy meals on busy weeknights. [See this infographic for some tips: http://www.precisionnutrition.com/weekly-meal-prep-infographic]

For others, it might mean having a healthy meal-delivery service on speed dial.

Don’t be surprised and dismayed when things go haywire. They will at some point. Just arm yourself with the best tools and strategies so you can stay in the game when you’re thrown a curveball.
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Precision Nutrition5 days ago
A motivation secret from Special Operations veteran-- and Precision Nutrition Exercise Program Director-- Craig Weller.

"So, if you’re struggling in the gym – or in any endeavor – look for your deep reason.

It might come to you in an image, like my snow boots. It might come to you in words. But how you get to it doesn’t matter.

What matters is that you identify it – and keep it in mind when the going gets tough. So you can keep going."
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Precision Nutrition6 days ago
Krista Scott-Dixon has inspired thousands of women to forge a better relationship with strength training, food and body image.

Here she talks to Courtney Townley about how women can get real with their bodies and improve their mental, physical, and emotional health.
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Precision Nutrition6 days ago
Just updated the Encyclopedia of Food with three brand new entries. That means three delicious new recipes to try (and photos to salivate over).

===> Plantain (Recipe: Spiced plantain and confetti vegetable bowl)
http://www.precisionnutrition.com/encyclopedia/food/plantain/

===> Lobster (Recipe: Lobster tacos with crispy curried potatoes &
cilantro yogurt hot sauce)
http://www.precisionnutrition.com/encyclopedia/food/lobster/

===> Tahini (Recipe: Green tahini with fresh seasonal vegetables)
http://www.precisionnutrition.com/encyclopedia/food/tahini/

Enjoy!!
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Precision Nutrition1 week ago
Want help with your nutrition and fitness goals?

On Wednesday, July 19th, we’re opening registration for the next Precision Nutrition Coaching program for men and women. And at our lowest price ever.

Over the course of 12 months we'll help you get into the best shape of your life… and stay that way for good.

Grab all the details here: http://www.precisionnutrition.com/precision-nutrition-coaching
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Precision Nutrition1 week ago
[COACHING TIP OF THE WEEK]: Meet your clients where they are at.

It can be easy as a fitness professional who eats really well, and has traveled far down the fitness path, to forget what it was like at the beginning of the trip.

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This is often termed the "Curse of Knowledge", from the great book "Made to Stick" by Chip and Dan Heath.

The definition -- The curse of knowledge is a cognitive bias that occurs when an individual, communicating with other individuals, unknowingly assumes that the others have the background to understand.

Ignorance of this leads to coaching fails. A lot of them. Because we forget that we made *many* changes along the way to get where we are now. And that most of our clients don't have the fundamental skills or knowledge (or perhaps even desire) to live and eat how we do.

With that in mind, here's a client story from Brian St. Pierre:
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"A client of mine (single working father) proudly sent me a photo of the breakfast he made for himself and his 11-year-old daughter on one of his weekends with her.

It was somewhat-whole-grain pancakes, scrambled eggs, and some sliced up bananas.

Gourmet cuisine? No.
Organic? Nope.
Ideal Level 2 eating? Not even close.

And yet, it was perfect.

It had protein, a reasonable amount of carbs with some fiber, and fruit to boot. A variety of tastes and textures but nothing overwhelming to a very picky 11-year-old.

They ate together. Sitting down at a table. He "cooked" it.

I call that a win. And high-fived him.

Because the alternative prior to this was *always* going out for breakfast, and getting some not-so-great options. Which isn't a big deal from time to time, but cooking breakfast together like this was a first. And a big step for them.

Where are your clients at? Where are YOU at?

There might be a lot of space between those two points.

Remember to come off your perch and down to earth as often as possible. 🙂 "
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