Here at Stronger U, it’s safe to say we’ve worked with our fair share of clients. 17,000+ and counting, to be precise, at least at the time of writing this article. In that time, we’ve worked with people from all around the world, going through all walks of life. We’ve seen what works, what doesn’t work, common struggles, and as coaches, we are constantly looking for ways to improve our clients’ results.
We’re a company that believes in treating people like people, not just another number, so we pay close attention to everything going on. We can see the signs, and we can usually tell in those first few weeks with someone new to the program whether it’s going to be smooth sailing, or if a new client may be setting themselves up for a bit of a struggle.
Your coach is always here to help, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have your own responsibilities. Your daily habits and actions dictate your results, and while we can give advice, support, and help along the way, the day to day execution is where the magic happens.
As the saying goes, success leaves clues. Looking at the common trends among our most successful clients, it’s pretty easy to tell within the first few weeks how well this is going to go. There are common habits and behaviors that let us know a client is probably to knock this out of the park, and we’re about to talk about those.
Before we dive in, remember that you do NOT need to be perfect to see amazing results. Nobody is perfect, not even coaches, and we don’t expect perfection from our clients either. The best results don’t come from the people who hit their macros perfectly every day for 12 weeks; the best results come from those who build the proper habits and mindsets. After all, those habits are what help you keep your results for the rest of your life.
These are the habits of the successful; the ones who we just know are going to crush this program after just a few weeks of working together.
1. Successful Clients Own Their Mistakes
Any diet that expects perfection is simply setting you up to fail. You’re going to mess up, and that’s okay – success doesn’t require perfection.
What it does take are honesty and accountability. If you slip up and have a bad weekend, log it anyway and tell your coach what happened. Hiding it from us means we can’t help you. I promise you won’t be judged, and we’re here to help, so let us help you.
If you leave a day blank or just decide not to log that piece of cake you ate from guilt or shame, while that may feel like a way to not confront what went on, it’s important to remember that’s not giving yourself, or your Coach, accurate information. Your coach can only work with the information you provide us, and if you don’t show us the whole picture, you could get a macro adjustment completely wrong for your situation.
2. Successful Clients Ask Questions
We want this to be as easy as possible, but it can certainly feel like a lot of information all at once, and the first few weeks of figuring out how to get into a groove with your macros can be challenging. Remember, going at it alone is exactly what you were doing before Stronger U, and you hired a coach for a reason. Use your coach; there’s no such thing as a stupid question.
Eventually, you’ll reach a point where this is second nature, and you understand how to plan and track your macros. But in the beginning, as you’re still learning and building those habits, we expect you’ll have a lot of questions, struggles, concerns, victories – and we want to know about all of it.
3. Successful Clients Prioritize Whole Foods
Having flexibility in your food selections is a huge part of why this program is sustainable. Protein pancakes, amazing macro recipes from the legendary Mason, and even fake ice cream can be worked into your daily food if you choose. However, most of the people who see great success on this program use those foods as treats, NOT staple foods – at least in the beginning.
We suggest using the 3-3-3 method for a reason: the simpler your diet is, the quicker you’ll build good habits and consistency with your numbers. Planning macros can be a little time consuming and stressful at first, and if every day is a game of Tetris to see how many of your favorite treats you can snack on at work, you’re going to get burned out pretty quickly.
Most successful people work on the consistency first, then worry about trying to fit in the fun stuff. Not to mention, whole food sources will usually get you a lot more fiber, vitamins, minerals… all that good stuff that keeps your body running at 100% efficiency.
4. Successful Clients Plan Relentlessly in the First Four Weeks
This needs no explanation. Every time you plan your day ahead of time, you’re going to have a much easier time hitting your macros, no exceptions. There’s no thinking, adjusting on the fly, or panicking when you realize you have 5 grams of fat left and still need 87 grams of protein. Even if this is the only habit you built, your chances of success will increase exponentially. Seriously, plan your days ahead of time, especially when you’re still trying to figure out how to hit your numbers.
The “Other” Habits
This isn’t a call out, and it really doesn’t need much explanation. Most of us have been guilty of at least one or two of these things at some point or another. These are the habits that slam the brakes on your progress.
Can you pick up these less-than-ideal habits and still succeed? Maybe. But you’re going to have a much harder time hitting your numbers consistently, you’ll probably feel frustrated, which will make you less likely to give this 100%, and it’s just a massive downward spiral from here.
These habits are the easy ones, and perhaps they are the habits that put you in a position to need Stronger in the first place. It’s easy to slip back into old habits, and we want to help you avoid that. Look at how you’re currently approaching things, and if any of these hit home, maybe it’s time to make some adjustments.
Clients who struggle to get the results they want usually have these common habits and practices of their own:
- Not planning their days ahead of time
- Not preparing food ahead of time
- Lying about their food intake
- Not using their coach out of shame, embarrassment, fear, or any other reason
- Eating untracked bites, licks, and tastes
- Not logging alcohol
- Drinking alcohol more than 1-2x/week
- Sitting back and waiting for their coach to come looking for them when they struggle
- Not weighing their food
- Eating out at restaurants more than 1-2x/week (doable, but very hard to be accurate)
- Giving themselves weekends off, cheat meals, etc… on a regular basis
Set Yourself Up For Success
Whether you’ve just started Stronger U, you’re still on the fence about joining, or you’re in your 58th week with us, it’s never too late to take a step back and look at your daily habits and mindset. Even if you identify a bit more with some of the bad habits that could be holding you back, it’s never too late to change.
Nobody is perfect, not even your coach, and we’re here to help. If you think you need to make some changes to improve your results and adherence with this program, let us help you. Talk to your coach, start working on those success habits, and build yourself a strong foundation that will support good nutrition for the rest of your life.