Not all change is hard work.

Changing clothes, for example – is not that strenuous. Changing hair styles – is maybe a little more stressful, though not too much work. Cutting a Mohawk is a nice way to make a hair style change that requires less work.

Changing deep-seeded nutrition habits and transforming body composition, though – is definitely hard work. Hard work means that it takes deliberate planning and attention every single day over months and years.

Deciding to change nutrition habits is a like a decision to remodel the infrastructure rather than redecorate.

Precision Nutrition (PN) offers a clear process for change, through breaking-down goals into skills and skills into daily practices.

At the heart of the PN process are two simple and essential components:

1. competence
2. consistency

PN works because it addresses both.

Competence

Competence is knowing what to do.

Métier attracts some very intelligent and insightful people, and I’ve been lucky to work with them over the last year to test the PN approach. One of the most real comments on nutrition that I’ve heard is,

“I feel scared to eat, because I don’t know what to eat.”

it’s a bold confession. Also, not unusual.

Food is often the human body’s most direct driver of energy, motivation, and behaviors. To lack competence in how different types of foods are affecting those outcomes can be a risky way to live. It leaves a dichotomy of either guessing and hoping, or avoiding making food decisions entirely until frenzied hunger makes the decisions for you. Both options are scary.

Competence on food science basics – macronutrients, micronutrients, and energy balance – makes that experience more controlled, less confusing, and less scary.

Consistency

After you know what to do, the next step is turning that knowledge into consistent behaviors.

This requires tactics, and is the even better part of PN. Science isn’t what makes PN genius. What makes PN genius is Tupperware. I’ll explain.

The end-goals to body transformation may seem monumental. For example, to be a person who is 20 lbs lighter requires not only a few shifts in a daily routine, it requires living the new life of that lighter, healthier person. The side-by-side lifestyles of these two people looks drastically different in many ways.

To get there, though, starts easy.

A core principle of PN is:

“Keep it simple. Think less. Make fewer decisions. Let your environment do much of the work for you.”

If you take newfound competence and pair it with the right tools and the right environment, you’ve established the easy system for consistent behaviors towards success. All you need to do is show up and let the system do the work for you.

This is where Tupperware fits in:

 

Competence Tools (cooking utensils, a cutting board, a pot and pan, Tupperware) Environment (clean, uncluttered, and with few distractions) Victory Made Easy (a.k.a. Stabbing the Beast).

Among the nerdy talk of science in the PN curriculum, also included are the everyday tactics of how to create the environment and use the tools of a healthier, stronger and/or lighter person

Why PN at Métier is even better?

PN curriculum is the simplest, most-effective system I’ve seen to developing the competence and consistency necessary to make lasting change.

What that mostly means is that I trust them. Given the huge array of misinformed programs and articles there are available on the internet, trust can be hard to find. Trust is created through reputation, Unfortunately, it’s not hard to fake a reputation on the internet. Reputation can be manufactured by a nicely-designed website or smart marketing.

Especially in a tight community like Métier, reputation can’t be faked. We’re building real and long-term relationships everyday; that’s what keeps us honest and caring for the best outcomes. In-person, you can use intuition and interaction to know if the information you’re getting is legitimate. And, people talk a lot over coffee and drafts, and it wouldn’t take long for secrets to get out.

Adaptability

PN is awesome at providing the structure: online accountability and tracking tools, articles, and worksheets.

For sure, though, some aspects will be more- or less- relevant to you depending on your unique experience and situation. In-person coaches create adaptability specifically for you.

Structure is useful. Structure + Adaptability is pro, and found much better off the internet, with honest, in-person relationships. That’s what we like to offer as coaches at Métier, with the help of the world’s best tools, like PN.

Do you have questions? Please email: mary.hable@metierseattle.com. I love talking nutrition.