Hi everyone!!! In this week’s Ask a Health Coach column, Erin returns to answer your questions about the pros and cons of consistent eating habits, how not to overdo it at the gym, and how to stay motivated when everyone around you is hooked on the SAD lifestyle. However, if your goal is to lose fat or improve fitness, I’d take another look at why you’re doing this chronic resistance training, especially if you think it’s not good for you. If you’re using it to control or avoid emotions, if you’re obsessed with its calorie-burning function, or if you’re using it to make sure you “cleaned up” the previous night’s dessert, I’d dig a little deeper. Sure, your body will adjust to start a hyper-restrictive eating plan, but it won’t change back until you change the variable. That’s why it’s so important to be clear about why you’re committing to this course. Relying on consistency in a world that is inherently inconsistent can get you results, but it deserves better than obsessing over food, sticking to a strict eating plan and constantly trying to force the issue. It is very important that you discover your own reasons for sticking to your chosen path, and that you let the naysayers discover their own reasons. Life is fickle by nature, and training your body to stick to a strict eating plan is the quickest way to fail because life is always getting in the way. If you are passionate about health and wellness and want to help people like Erin every day for “your” clients, consider becoming a certified health coach yourself. Learn three simple steps to building a successful health coaching business in six months or less in this special information session hosted by Mark Sisson, co-founder of CPSI. When it comes to cutting calories for fat loss, the body adapts to constant calorie reduction. Erin Power is director of coaching and curriculum at the Primary Health Coaching Institute.