Listening to the experts at Buff Box: Part II

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My previous post discussed why respecting the expertise of those that have specialised in a field of study is always a good idea. And despite the fact that everyone seems to have an opinion on health and fitness, these are two topics where we should undoubtedly be learning from the experts.

And while I don’t believe there is a one-size-fits-all approach to health and fitness, and often times one specialist will provide advice that is contradictory to another, I do believe Buff Box is a one-size-fits-all nutrition company, with knowledge that can assist everyone working towards their own individual health goals.

Read below for my interview with Matt Hodges, head nutritionist and co-founder of Buff Box.

If people are looking for a lifestyle change should begin start with their nutrition or the gym?
I don’t think there is a one-size-fits-all approach. Everyone gets motivated in different ways. I have seen a lot of guys find success by first starting their journey in the gym and getting inspired by those around them. Females tend to find it more beneficial to first sort out their food so they can then feel more confident when they step into the gym. From my experience, working with men and women trying to change their diet, guys don’t care as much about what people think, they just want to lift heavy shit and get in better shape.

When it comes to making positive lifestyle changes, why has nutrition often been overlooked ?
People’s views on nutrition have been twisted by the media. There is a lot of miseducation and there is a lack of “cool” when it comes to proper nutrition. Would you rather be told to eat broccoli, chicken and sweet potato or your favourite meal as long as it fits into your My FitnessPal calories for the day? Positive change requires hard work.

Your advice to people who want to completely revamp their way of eating?
Consistency is key. You can eat healthy, or toward your macros, or just be consistent. Consistency equates to volume over time. And that’s what we want because this is where the results are. People need to take this theory into their own hands too. Give something your full commitment, whatever it is, because with time and consistency you’ll be able to fully appreciate the result. Whether or not the end result is what you wanted, if you followed it with consistency, you will then have really learned something from it.

Why do people find it so hard to stick to a healthy way of life?
Again, lack of consistency is usually the issue. Speak to people who know what they’re talking about and learn. It’s all an equation and you need to be learning through practice, just like with anything. Also ask questions! We (buff box nutritionists) will give you a meal plan, but we need your feedback as well and we love hearing what you have to say.

First word that comes to mind when I say the following word: “diet.”

And that usually throws people off. The actual translation for diet is lifestyle which was misconstrued by the media in the late 70’s onwards. Diet isn’t a bad word. It stands for what Buff Box stands for, which is a consistent and achievable lifestyle.

The most challenging aspect when it comes to assisting people looking to change their way of eating?
The amount of press misinforming the public. People are being exposed to all the wrong information. I have found myself disagreeing with at least a few points in every nutrition course I have taken. What we see on TV and in magazines is just as bad. For starters, croissants and toast are not good carbs.

Hardest habits you have had to help people break?
Drinking. But that’s real life. I suggest to anyone starting a new plan with us to give it 6 weeks sans alcohol. It’s about finding a balance, but alcohol isn’t going to do you any favours if you want to see positive results.

The most rewarding part of the job?
Seeing people achieve their goals and feeling part of the community again. Confidence in their own bodies, both mentally and physically.

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