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I’ve been following ETP for over a year now. Coming from a very low carb diet to one that utilizes carbs at the right time has been a complete game changer for me.The whole process of following ETP, incorporating up to 250g carbohydrate/day has given me a leaner body composition, more PR’s in the gym, greater understanding of nutrition and the ability to have the energy to keep up to my busy family.
The biggest change in following Eat To Perform is a much healthier mindset: eat more, do more. ETP doesn’t advocate the typical diet rhetoric of doing more with less and yet at the same time expecting to look and feel the best. There is definitely a shift in your mindset when you put performance and strength first which will result in what most people are looking for: a leaner body. Prioritizing to fuel your system rather than depriving it, building it up rather than breaking it down is definitely a big win.
A Little History
How did I end up with ETP? I was fairly active in my 20′s, really got into lifting weights, hiking and mountain biking. I was fit and healthy. My 30′s involved trying to keep up with outdoor activities but life seemed to take on a new priority… the 3 kids, all two years apart. As I came closer to 40 I felt I had “let things go” a little too long. After a brush with death from a medical emergency I realized life was short and I wanted to become as strong and able as I could going into my next decade of life. Lose fat and gain muscle was my focus. As I look back now I realize I was more interested in losing fat, it was how I defined being fit.
I went to the ultra-low carb and low calorie diet. In a few short weeks I had dropped 15lbs. It might have been fantastic if I had the energy to enjoy it. I was weak and feeble. Not really the energy-go-getter mom I wanted to be. I was completed depleted and defeated. I felt like crap, especially when I realized most of the weight was just water loss, the fat was still there. And as an extra kick in the pants, my workouts were lame.
Then I came upon ETP. A whole new world emerged that didn’t seem possible. After starting to read the information, more and more I realized it wasn’t fat loss I was directly looking for. I wanted strength, to be fit and able. More muscle meant more fat would be burned anyways. Why not build muscle and strength instead? So I embarked on a new journey. I started following ETP, reading everything they posted. I think I ended up a little obsessed! The calculator ended up being a big surprise for me. At the time my carb intake was 15-25g of carbs a day. I couldn’t imagine adding 75g carbs/day to my diet never mind the 250g the calculator spit out for me. I had lots of doubts and lots of questions. I’m sure I drove Paul Nobles crazy with my constant questioning. I had been convinced carbs were bad. Wanting to trust the process and reading other success stories I decided to try it out. The beginning was a bit bumpy. Leaping in with both feet first coming from a VLC diet to a higher carb has been a challenge. In the beginning I had bloating which made me doubt the whole program. Thoughts of going back to the VLC diet came creeping in again but the Forum made the difference.
In Comes The Forum
The Back Up: What made the difference? Why didn’t I just quit? The forum is such a motivating place. With the help of the moderators and other members in the forum I kept with it. April has been such an amazing support. We tweaked my macros and figured out the problem. In the process I learned a lot. I learned even more about nutrition and how my body reacts to different food, exercise and stress.
The ETP forum has many moderators that are fully educated in ETP; they have been there and seen it. The forum has hundreds (maybe thousands?!) members from all sorts of different backgrounds with the same mindset. The support is unbelievable. I truly believe consistency is vital for success. The forum has caring individuals who are willing to take the time to answer your questions and keep you on the right track. This support keeps you consistent and motivated.
If your discouraged, no problem. Gaining weight? Someone will help figure it out. Not sure where to start? The forum has got you covered. Have you been doing ETP for a while but need some tweaking? No biggie. Post it and you’ll get multiple answers within a short time. Be aware, the moderators will kick you in the butt if needed too. They will definitely clue in if someone is overtraining or skimping on their calories!
Where Am I At Now?
Physically, I’ve gained muscle and lost body fat. My strength goes up every week. I have a much healthier relationship with food. My body is well fed and well nourished. My kids see me eat, a lot. I’m not hungry all the time. I understand how to use metabolic flexibility. I’m an active member of the ETP forum and love helping others stay motivated!
I recently went to a local box to check it out. When finding out I’ve been training on my own at home a gal said, “You look like that and you did it on your own?”. No, I thought. I had back up, ETP back up.
Thanks ETP! You rock!