I had formerly been a member of A1A. Being out of consistent exercise for a few years and having some bad eating habits, I was at an all time high (in weight). Seeing all of Dan’s posts of everyone getting solid results through dieting, including people I knew from the gym, seemed like a way for me to jumpstart getting back into health and fitness.
Dan was super helpful in answering the most basic of questions and sending preliminary info so i gave it a shot.
It’s very easy to follow if you’re committed to the program.
What was the hardest part? What as the easiest?
Just gotta stay disciplined and theres plenty of good stuff to eat! Learning to cook simple things at home was very easy once I tried.
What had you tried before? Did it work?
I had cut out bad foods and ate “healthier”. It worked OK, but nowhere near as quickly, effectively and efficiently as TDP because just “eating healthier” without specific guidelines you THINK you’re being better than you are.
Checking in and following a list are both very key.
What are your goals and plans moving forward?
My goals are to stay disciplined of diet guidelines and do another good Phase 1 on my own so I can send you GREAT before/after body shots. Especially since I’ve started going to my apartment gym twice a week now!
This combination of a strict pull up and a strict ring dip is performed with out any swing or kip, with the rings starting in a turn out position from a dead hang and a turn out position on top of the rings.
There’s always been controversy surrounding the kipping pull ups. It’s dangerous, it’s cheating, you look like a noodle on the bar.
To be clear, I mostly agree with all of these statements.
First – the kipping pull up is absolutely dangerous for anyone not strong enough to do at least 5 strict pull ups.
If you cannot perform 5 strict (and I mean real-strict, none of this bent leg, bent knee kicking business. Hollow body STRICT!
Second – it’s not cheating.
It’s only cheating if doing a box jump is cheating for a back squat. They’re two different movements. One is strength, one has completely different purposes and applications. If you’re calling it cheating, you’re failing to see the mechanism of the training device.
Nutrition is a life long habit. Diet is a lifestyle skill. If you’ve done other short term stuff, please forget it. Challenges and other short term ideas DO NOT work. They’re a recipe for disaster, a cliff.
Once you’re done with 30 days or 6 weeks, what’s next? Cake, pizza and no plan? On again/off again/never again?
We know this happens, we’ve seen it over and over again.
What we propose is something completely different, free of a challenge mindset that promotes overly strict adherence.
If you make a mistake on The Dan Plan Diet, no big deal. You’re not perfect.
Think of The Dan Plan Diet like learning a foreign language. It takes time to get it right and understand the subtle nuances.
“You’re a week in, we have at least 90 days to work together.” This is something I say regularly. I call this the ‘come-down-off-of-that-ledge’ speech. You’re a week in.
Maybe you didn’t stay a close to the plan as you’d like to admit, but dang it you want RESULTS!
When do you want them? NOW!!!
Slow down, enjoy the process, stay away from the scale, look in the mirror a little less. Give yourself some credit.
You made the choice, you invested in yourself. Investments take time.
We all know there’s no such thing as a quick fix for your body. It’s common sense.
Unfortunately common sense goes out the door when it comes to body image. It’s so sensitive and unique; marketers and advertisers take advantage of that.
No one really looks like the air brushed, dieted-down, dehydrated models on magazine covers, yet we’re primally drawn to that image and our own ability (or inability) to achieve. I know because I feel the same way.
Tune out all of the noise. Trust the process. I’ve hacked the path through the jungle. I know what works, and I’m happy to guide you.
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