Name: Braden Hache
Goal: lose body fat and learn the proper way to eat like an athlete.
Lost/Gained to date: 20lbs lost
Sport/training method: Hockey, Lacrosse and Cycling
Q: Why did you decide to begin nutrition coaching with Dr. Alli Cain? Braden's Hockey Coach wanted him to drop weight for better performance and endurance
Q: What important things have you learned throughout the nutrition coaching program?
How protein keeps you satiated longer - starting with a protein packed breakfast allowed smaller meals and less hunger as the day went on. Most importantly, training your brain to go for more quantity of food for the same amount of calories. A bowl of cereal or a muffin - has the same calories as eggs, turkey bacon, and whole grain bread. The latter is healthier and more satisfying.
Q: Was there anything about learning to count your macros that surprised you?
How carbs are in everything! Fruits, veggies and, yogurts. Hitting the protein wasn't as easy as we thought, as chicken was lower than most meats. I appreciated that it forces you to realize what you truly need to fuel your body and that meaningless snacking is a killer.
Q: How to you stay on track while balancing work, homelife, and other commitments?
Planning ahead and packing meals when traveling. Braden even took a cooler when going on a sleepover to a friends. Staying the course was crucial and diverting only put stress on what to eat. Also learning that most restaurants will work with you - having a plate of meat/veggies/salad could be done almost anywhere.
Q: How has your performance been affect by macros tracking? Endurance, speed and overall energy. I also think the psychology of knowing what he had accomplished was very empowering.
Q: What advice do you have for others seeking guidance in their personal nutrition?
For Braden he transformed in many ways. His self confidence, how he looked and felt in his clothes and the pride in his dedication to his sport were all fantastic results of this decision. It is a HUGE commitment - but with A HUGE payoff. It takes a few weeks to get into a rhythm but once you do it becomes a regular routine. My Fitness Pal app is a lifesaver- and has anything and everything for easy tracking. We still use it daily to keep focused.
Q: What has been the biggest change you've made in your lifestyle since joining?
Looking at food as fuel so making the right choices to "run" properly have to be made. Braden didn't miss foods he chose to eliminate or cut down on - because there are always other options.