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7th December 2014

Taking care of your own business.

Taking care of your own business.


As you have probably gathered, this is a no nonsense and real blog. And this post about taking care of your own nutrition is no different.


People often come to me asking for a diet plan to be written. This process, if done professionally takes 4-6 hours, with much emphasis on the client providing a week long honest account of their calorific intake. As the client has invested nothing of themselves into the process (when done as a favor), in my experience, will never stick to the plan and the time and effort gone in to the process has been lost.


There is a much easier approach.


Most people like to be led. It is only the few that rise to the top to lead. The same works for nutrition with most clients saying to me, ‘I just want something to follow’. My response has always been the same and it normally goes like this…


Ben: ‘Do you know what is bad food?’


Client: ‘Yeah, of course. Donuts, sugar, simple carbs and sweets’.


Ben: ‘Great! Now do you know what is good food to eat?’


Client: ‘Yeah, lean meat, vegetables and nuts?’


Ben: ‘Excellent! Here’s the deal, you can actually eat as much good food as you like within reason and it’s not a problem.’ All that rubbish you’re eating, sweets, crisps, costa…..just stop it. Simple as that. Just stop eating the crap’


It is that simple.


Sometimes the most blunt approach is the very best approach. Everyone (generally) knows how to eat well and knows what is bad for them. I’m certainly not saying you can’t have a pig out meal every now and again. I fact I encourage it! Greg Classman really summed up the nutritional side of fitness perfectly…


Fitness in 100 words.


  • Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and NO sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat.
  • Practice and train major lifts: deadlift, clean, squat, presses, C&J, and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstands, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc, hard and fast.
  • Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. ROUTINE IS THE ENEMY. Keep workouts short and intense.
  • Regularly learn and play new sports!


Just stop eating the shit and work your buts off:-)

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