Scientific Method: Kind of a big deal. Another cool term: post hoc ergo proctor hoc. In english: After this therefore because of this. This thinking is a common fallacy in logic. For example: do people with bigger shoes sizes have higher IQ’s? The answer is heck yes, not because big feet make you smart but because those with small feet are very young. Does that make sense? Kinda like how blood pressure isn’t at all related to sodium intake in the diet. Post hoc ergo proctor hoc mistake on the part of the researchers… Silly huh.
Ethos: Belief System. This is also kind of a big deal. It can skew research and science. We know that CrossFit is the best training program ever because of the fitness it gives us in such short time with relatively so few injuries.
Scientific Method: Data is important but doesn’t exist until recorded. We say all the time that we’re watching input and outputs and let whatever happens in the Black Box stay in there. Here’s our issue; we’re not recording the inputs from the diet side. We’re recording our inputs on the training side (some of us) but dramatically fewer of us are recording our food intake… Why?
1) Tedium, 2) it shows our “cheats, screw-ups” or lack of “discipline”. We have the emotion shame, or guilt associated with what we eat! What?
This little guy doesn’t care ONE BIT what he eats, only that it’s tasty and that he has it when he’s hungry. Somewhere along the way we are taught which foods are “bad for us” and then we feel guilty when we eat them. Certain foods, those that are actually bad for you, like, when you eat X you feel like puking or ****ing or you get a headache or whatever; you don’t feel guilty about eating it. Right? Let’s change this attitude! You’re eating food (surprise! what else would you eat?) and now you’re writing down what AND how much for one simple reason (not to see how bad you were) to know what you ate. Just to know. Simple. Not to create a platform to judge your personal worth through dietary discipline. Just to actually know what you ate.
Now that we know what the heck you ate, and we also know your workouts (this is sounding awfully clinical isn’t it…) we can then make some slight adjustments when we want and then MEASURE the change. Either in your weight, your body fat, (I apologize KP for getting on you about the futility of measuring body fat whole heartedly!!) your triglycerides, your Fran time, your blood glucose your blood pressure etc. etc. etc.
The only way this process works is if we know all the inputs. Pure and simple. Scientific Process. I’m excited to be a part of this great undertaking. The goal: to confuse the hell out of your doctor. Once you need less medications, the Doc will want to know why. You can say, “call my coach he’s been monitoring my diet and training”. The Doc will call me and I’ll blow his/her mind with our simple plan. It’ll sound a lot like this: “Oh, hi Doc, yea she’s doing awesome. Our program is based around teaching functional movements to our clients and then working them at the threshold of their relative intensity, because it’s different for different people. As far as food goes I’ve got her on an adequate calorie diet eating between .5 and .8 grams of protein per pound of body weight, high in Omega 3 and omega 9 fatty acids which have been shown to be hormonally neutral with most of her carbohydrate intake coming from vegetables. She’s really come a long way. What are you seeing?” Imagine that 🙂