Frequently Asked Questions
How does private coaching work?
Private coaching is an 8-week program, during which your coach provides guidance and instruction on the best nutrition plan for you. Your coach is readily available at any time to answer questions.
Your coach will ask questions regarding lifestyle and have you get blood work done at your doctor in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of the factors that may affect the client’s success.
For example, we find that the vast majority of our clients are deficient in vitamin D (which is not actually a vitamin, but a hormone!) that is vital for numerous bodily functions.
We also discuss your sleeping habits, stress levels, and medications you're on. You'll learn about high-quality foods, macronutrient ratios and timing, and meal preparation.
You'll learn the basics of what to eat and how often before progressing into weighing and measuring your food using the app. At weekly check-ins, the coach will catch up with you and make any necessary adjustments in order to keep you progressing towards your goal.
What kinds of food am I allowed to eat?
We don't like to label foods as either good or bad, but instead teach you how to be in tune with how different foods affect you. Our program is centered around high-quality foods, meaning foods that are nutrient-dense, free of artificial substances, and minimally altered.
As a result, clients have seen improvements in not just weight, but mood, energy, mental clarity, bloat, under-eye dark circles, panic attacks, anxiety, and more.
Our program involves eating lean meats for protein, such as fish, turkey, chicken, or lean ground beef. For starches, we suggest white or brown rice, white or sweet potato, rolled oats, quinoa, plantain chips, or fruit. There are loads of options for veggies; we especially like dark leafy greens – like kale, spinach, or Swiss chard – since they pack so much nutrition.
Can I have cheat days?
Again, we prefer not to label foods as good or bad, but we encourage our clients to stick to eating the foods on the program as much as they can when they're starting out, so that they start with a clean slate and see how foods off-plan make them feel.
You're a full-grown adult and can make your own choices. Foods off plan usually slow progress towards goals, so just keep that in mind as you make your choices around food.
Oftentimes hyper-palatable foods (foods manufactured with loads of salt or sugar to keep you buying more) aren’t helpful because they increase cravings and keep you wanting more. We encourage our clients to stick to the meal plan as closely as possible for the quickest and best results.
Will I be hungry if cutting/tired of eating if bulking?
If you’re trying to bulk, you will sometimes feel full, and if you’re cutting, you will sometimes feel hungry! It typically takes 1-2 weeks to adjust to the new volume of food.
How quickly will I lose/gain weight?
For clients who want to lose weight, we aim to lose 1-1.5% of bodyweight per week. Shedding weight more quickly than this can lead to unsustainable results, whereas more slowly takes an unnecessary amount of time. Losing 5-10% of bodyweight is not uncommon if the client sticks to the meal plan.
What if I need help?
Clients are encouraged to reach out to their coach for questions at any time! Private coaching is designed to answer any and all questions the client may have regarding their nutrition.
We want you to be successful, so we encourage questions!
Can I sign up for private coaching more than once?
Absolutely! If by the end of the six weeks you'd still like the accountability and support of a coach, we are happy to continue working with you.
Do you work with pregnant women?
Yes! Because of our program's focus on sustainability and health - and not simply "getting shredded" - it is actually a great time to dial into your nutrition as you support not only your own health but that of your baby.
From our client Katelyn O.:
"What I was most pleased to find is that Erin really tailored this program to me. Instead of focusing on cutting calories or food groups we focused on providing my body and my new child with as many nutrient rich foods as possible. My biggest takeaway from our time together, while it may sound obvious, is that despite what people tell you, you are NOT eating for 2 and you really should NOT be eating anything you want. Instead, this is a time to be conscious about what fuel you are providing yourself and your child to prepare for a successful birth."
From our client Amanda G.:
"'We don't grow when things are easy, we grow when we face challenges.' -Abraham Maslow
It's hard not to notice the fast occurring changes happening to my body when I've spent the past 5 years or so maintaining a lean one. 13 weeks pregnant today and woke up realizing that my abs are slowly disappearing. I haven't gained a single pound but my body fat to muscle ratio has definitely changed😂 Some of it due to the bloat from a diet of 90% bread lol but at least today I woke up for the first time in 2 months not feeling sick👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 I can't wait for the challenge of continuing to stay healthy, and maintaining a good fitness level for the next 6 months. Current goal is to continue using @adaptive.nutrition to fuel myself and the baby😻👶🏽 I feel like whatever I put into my body to be the best version of myself and the best athlete I could be should be the same when making a human! And it will make it easier for the body to recover and bounce back. In the end I don't believe any of this will be easy, but it will all be worth it❤️"
Do you work with vegetarians?
Right now we do not have the capacity to effectively work with clients who have chosen to eat vegan or vegetarian diet.
That being said, we've had clients who were vegetarian, but decided to give our program a shot. Here's our client Maddie's experience:
"I was very hesitant initially to try this program, because the meal plan included meat for every single meal including breakfast and I am not a big meat eater. But I decided to give it a shot, and just not worry about substituting - and it was the best decision ever."
While it is possible to lead a long healthy life without eating animal protein, we find that the results from a combination of nutrition and exercise without the ingestion of animal proteins are compromised at best.
The simple truth is that meeting the dietary protein needs of an active healthy individual from purely plant sources without unnecessary levels of carbohydrates is challenging, or even impossible, for some. This problem unnecessarily complicates our process and introduces an unacceptable risk of program failure for vegan or vegetarian clients.
We strive only to take on clients who we are relatively certain we can provide with success. As a result we think it would be irresponsible to take on vegetarian clients and promise them results, when the outcome is at best in question.
That being said, we are happy to discuss the mechanisms and options involved for clients considering reintroduction of animal protein into their diet.