I have been helping people with their health and fitness for over 20 years. At first, I wasn't very good at it. In the mid 90's I would walk around a gym filled with machines holding a clipboard and counting reps. I learned free weights were the way to go and changed my own training system. I began passing that along to others, mostly people I would see at the gym. Sometimes I'd jot down workouts for people at work and give them a few pointers of the things I had learned. I started CrossFit about 9 years ago and while I think it is one of the most highly effective exercise methodologies, that doesn't mean it's for everyone.
Thoughout my journey, I expanded my understanding of the importance of nutrition. Again, as I learned, I passed along what I knew to others, mostly for free. With nutrition, there are so many ways to do it. High carb, low carb, low fat, high fat, fasting, paleo; the list goes on and on. Kyle, what do you recommend? Which one works the best??
Turns out the style of workout isn't the most important thing. Same for nutrition, a lot of different methods are highly effective...IF YOU ARE CONSISTENT.
I don't mean consistent for one day, or just Monday-Thursday, for a week or two or even a month or two. I mean consistent all the time...like for years. This means making mostly good decisions most of the time. It means getting to the gym 3 or 4 times a week, most every week plus being a generally active person. It means eating consistently well, whichever method you choose, most of the time. When you do indulge, don't go completely off the rails.
What does this take from you?? Well, you have to do your part. You have to show up at the gym and do something. Will every day be your absolute best? Nope. Does it have to be. Nope. Some days you just might show up, move around and break a sweat. Will every meal be perfect. Nope. But, you will have to choose the healthier choice over the burger and fries most of the time.
A coach can guide you. In fact, I highly recommend getting a coach for whatever you do, fitness, business, life. They can help hold you accountable and point out your blind spots. As a coach, the best skill I have developed is the ability to tell my clients that they have to do their part. This won't be easy and it will require consistent work. But, when you reach your goals and enjoy the journey there, it will be totally worth it.