As a part of the human ego, we prefer to fancy that we are unique or different from others. This notion is illustrated by the numerous items of apparel available and social media posts / images around being the physical manifestation of a unicorn itself. I am going to apologize in advance for having to burst that rainbow-colored bubble (ideology) as it relates to nutrition goals (weight loss, performance, composition change). Before we begin, I want to make a brief disclaimer that there are and will always be situations in which a medical condition, prescribed medication, and so on affect our body weight and/or performance. I have no intention of ignoring that fact but will state that those are usually the edge cases or less likely reason for not attaining goals.
Collagen has been the topic of many discussions and recent product marketing on both social media and within the fitness industry. I am going to do my best to summarize what the current research shows and provide my opinion on the matter to hopefully add value to the ongoing discussion and to better inform each of you.
Those familiar with John Berardi and/or Precision Nutrition may be aware of the “pause button” mentality to health and fitness. To summarize, it is the misconception that wellness can be put on hold when life or a plan become difficult. This is not to say that your approach may not need to be modified from time to time, but rather to not step into the pitfall of believing you can continuously make health secondary to the ever-changing circumstances of life without negative consequences.
Many have led themselves to believe that they can only begin doing something after being motivated to get started. Moreover, that motivation only appears after we become inspired by something. For example, being inspired by the transformation of a friend or family member who had success with weight loss.
The truth is anyone can be a fitness / nutrition coach on social media or through paying a fee to sign on with an MLM based company. I’m not clueless to the notion that there is a high volume of other people online who do what I do, so I’ve invested thousands of dollars, time, and research into learning about what the current evidence based studies reveal along with seeking updated certification and credentials. This approach, paired with years of hands on experience, are what allow Adaptive to be successful at long-term fat loss and performance improvement.