Today on the podcast:
In this episode, Brian speaks with training and nutritional consultant Jordan Syatt. He has his own podcast titled “The Jordan Syatt Mini-Podcast”, where he discusses all things nutrition, training, and mindset. Other fun facts about Jordan: He’s a 5x World Record Powerlifter; he is a Precision Nutrition and Westside Barbell Certified coach; he has a Bachelor of Science in Health & Behavior Science with a focus in Strength & Conditioning; and he happens to be the personal trainer, strength, and nutrition coach to entrepreneur and marketing guru Gary Vaynerchuk.
Listen in as Jordan unloads a treasure trove of topics, such as nutrition-related myths around meal timing, food choice, and diets; as well as Jordan’s own history involving binge eating disorder and how he turned his life around with a mission to help others overcome their own destructive eating habits.
Today’s podcast is sponsored by Udo’s Choice Super 8 Gold: https://www.udoschoice.ie
Here are some of the things we talked about in today’s podcast.
- 07:17 Why you shouldn’t label foods as “good” or “bad”
- 15:04 The biggest nutrition myth
- 22:42 The truth about “starvation mode”
- 26:44 Jordan’s general advice for those with binge eating disorder
- 29:25 What to do if you struggle with thinking about food all the time
- 32:02 Misconceptions around protein requirements and training progression
- 37:12 What to do if you struggle with motivation to work out
- 40:12 The worst advice Jordan has ever received and how he overcame his binge eating disorder
- 49:25 What Jordan is most excited about today
- Health goes far beyond the physiological. What matters just as much are the mental, emotional, and even social components to health. If you put black and white labels on food such as “good” or “bad”, you set yourself up for failure because you’ll be constantly punishing yourself for your so-called “bad choices”. This attitude towards food paves the way for eating disorders. What matters more is what you habitually eat over the long-term.
- A calorie is a calorie and “starvation mode” is simply BS. If you have a weight goal of any kind, the best thing you can do today, particularly if you’re not well-versed in nutrition, is to start counting your calories and being aware of what’s adding too many (if you’re trying to lose weight). Even Jordan, who has been in this industry for 15 years, can overshoot his calorie goal for the day if he doesn’t watch what he’s eating. Remember: What gets measured, improves.
- If you struggle with motivation to work out, first off, realize that everyone goes through the same thing. The most important step is to just do something, even if it doesn’t end up being the tough workout you originally planned. But whatever you end up doing at the gym, know that the hardest part is actually starting. You may be surprised how much more you’ll be willing to do once you get past your warmup.
Powerful Quotes by Jordan
- Quit labeling foods as “good” or “bad”; otherwise, you’re setting yourself up to have a very unhealthy relationship with food.
- No one ever got skinny for having one salad and no one ever got fat from having one donut.
- You might, by accident, take the right action with an uneducated perspective, and you can still do very well. Some action is better than no action. But education has to be the foundation.
- Knowledge is the foundation; but if you’re not taking any action on top of it and you’re not willing to go through trial and error, then you’re just wasting your time.
- If you treat your calories like you treat your finances, you’ll make significantly better progress on your weight goals.
- Stop focusing on the numbers and start focusing on the actual food you’re eating.
- When it comes to motivation to work out, don’t just wait for it to come. It won’t. You have to take it, and the only way to take it is to get up and do what you’re not motivated to do.