This week, we are featuring one of our clients who benefits from both our training and nutrition services, Andy St. John. When Andy first came to us, he was upwards 280+lbs. He was having a hard time with recovery, energy levels were low, and health just didn’t feel right. After working with one of our coaches, Ollie, he’s now lost over 45lbs and continuing to lose more. Andy’s technique and recovery has improved, his energy levels have increased, and he’s feeling healthy as ever.
1. Prior to working with Complete Human Performance, how did your nutrition effect your life both inside and outside training?
My nutrition was out of control. I had gone through a period of nightly binge eating and some poor food choices in general. I gained 75 lbs over roughly 2 years. Although I trained like mad my fitness suffered although I did see some significant strength gains, particularly in my squat and deadlift. The lack of control over my impulse eating and the subsequent weight gain was pretty bad for my state of mind and I just didn’t feel very good about myself.
2. How did your diet change after you started working with Complete Human Performance?
I would call my implementation of the plan “very strict” and my compliance with it was almost 100%. Any deviation was a result of forgetting to eat something. Having a meal plan with a few simple exchanges took all of the planning out of the equation. I found that I no longer grazed while preparing my meals.
In practice, I went from out of control nightly bingeing to perfect plan execution overnight. The last 2 (of 6) meals of the day effectively kill my interest in food in the hours before bed. Ollie made some useful suggestions for unplugging for the last couple of hours in the evening that I think have helped as well.
3. How have these changes affected your life?
I’m down 44 lbs since I started. Seeing the weight come off felt great, and it still feels great but the greater victory for me is not feeling ruled by unhealthy impulse eating. That and with Ollie’s urging I added some running to my training which has helped increase my fitness and recovery. The increased fitness has me attacking my kettlebell training. I feel better physically and I feel better about myself.
4. What was different about this approach versus other methods you’ve tried in the past?
The first major difference is the structured plan. I think that the degree of structure in the plan has made me work just a little harder to pull together things like, shopping lists, food prep time and having food with me when I leave for work and training sessions. I’m better prepared so I execute the plan better. Having a coach on standby for questions and support is great as well, particularly somebody who has struggled with the same problems.