Principles & Methods

Alrighty guys, something different here. I'm going to be creating a series of videos for Youtube in place of just the written blogs. I'll also be following these videos up with a written version too which is likely to be more or less a cleaner version of what I meant to say...we'll see how this goes.

Just quickly before you move on, I want to say that I feel very unnatural and cringeworthy being in front of the camera and then having to watch it back BUT I know like anything, this should get better over time with some practice. Please drown me in feedback so I can fine tune the process, ideally I want this to look and sound as authentic as possible whilst being extremely helpful for you too! Also, let me know what you think of the new arrangement!

The purpose of these videos and blogs are to cover the common questions and discussions that occur through our time on the gym floor. Today we are talking about principles and methods, which can be applied to a few different things such as our strength training, metabolic training and nutrition. This is just a brief intro to the topic and we will dive deeper later on.

Today there's more of a focus on how it applies to the nutrition side of things and how understanding this can give you a little more confidence when it comes to tackling your food.

When I was learning this, there was a really clever rhyme that made it sink in for me that goes as follows:

"Methods are many,

Principles are few,

Methods may change,

Principles never do."

So what is a method in the context of nutrition? Well, think of this as every diet you've ever heard of. These diets are just methods of choosing what foods to eat, how much to eat and sometimes even at what times you put them in to your mouth.

As an example, let's say your goal is fat loss. The principles around losing fat are fairly simple, they're not easy, but still simple. To lose weight you must be in a calorie deficit- this is crucial. If you are not in a calorie deficit, you will not lose weight. We are pretty amazing as human beings, but unfortunately we cannot create something (fat or muscle) from nothing... which negates the argument that we can gain weight from not eating anything.

The methods for getting in to a calorie deficit can be which ever diet you subscribe to. It can be frustrating to hear if you've given a few of them a go, but the truth is that every diet works...but not every diet works for you. This reason they don't work for you (and why it's not helpful to hear this on it own) is that despite thinking you were following the method correctly, it's possible you didn't apply it to the principle.

“The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods.

The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

In my video I absolutely butchered this quote, but the message was there. You can follow the latest diet to a tee if you want, but if you're not in a calorie deficit, it will not help you lose fat.

Now that we understand this concept we can apply it to the results we are getting.If you did not achieve the desired result, then we may have miscalculated somewhere by either eating too much if you're goal is weight loss, or eating too little if your goal is weight gain. That simple.

It is easy to get really frustrated with this process and I completely understand it, but if we keep these principles in mind it makes choosing your next step very clear.

As mentioned earlier, this was an experiment and an introduction to the topic to which I would like to do a deep dive on in later episodes and apply it to other aspects of our training. As always please leave me some feedback and if you have any questions or there's something you would like me to cover with these, flick me an email at

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