John Romaniello is one of the most sought-after personal trainers in New York City. He’s helped thousands of clients lose weight, build muscle and get healthier. As a former fat guy who transformed his body and career by losing 105 pounds and becoming a well-respected trainer, John brings an insider’s perspective to the fitness world.
His blog, “The Roman Fitness Methods,” is read by millions annually. And his workshops on everything from fat loss to training techniques are booked up months in advance by fitness enthusiasts eager to soak up as much information as they can.
With more than ten years of experience working with private clients and professional athletes, John knows exactly what it takes to succeed in this challenging industry. He shares some of his best advice for anyone looking to transform their body and life with training and nutrition tips that have worked for thousands of people across the globe.
The most important thing to know about losing weight
The hardest part of losing weight is keeping track of your eating. If you want to lose weight, you’ve got to track your calories daily. This means either keeping a food journal or using an app like MyFitnessPal.
It’s too easy to rationalize or justify eating more than you should, but if you have to write it down, you’ll be much more careful about what you’re consuming. This will help you stay accountable for what you’re eating. It’s also how you track progress over time and make adjustments as needed.
The biggest mistake people make when trying to lose weight
Restricting their calories too much. Losing body fat is all about creating a caloric deficit. This means you’re burning more calories than you’re eating. But if you cut your calories too drastically, your body will slow down your metabolism to protect itself from starvation.
This will make your weight loss slower and more complex. Instead, aim to eat about 10% less than you’re currently eating. This will create the caloric deficit you need to lose weight without slowing your metabolism. If you’re in a calorie deficit but not losing weight, check your resting metabolic rate (RMR). If your RMR is higher than usual, you may need to increase your calorie intake slightly.
How to Build Muscle
This is a common question for anyone beginning a new weight-lifting routine. Before adding weight to the bar, you’ll want to ensure your body is prepared for this new challenge. Start by doing a few sessions of “muscle preparation.”
This will help you get your nervous system used to lifting heavy. Next, you want to ensure you get enough protein in your diet. Finally, you want to make sure you’re picking the right exercises. Squats, Deadlifts, Bench presses, and other compound exercises are the best way to build muscle.
The Importance of Nutrition
Nutrition is the most critical aspect of a fitness transformation. You’re actually breaking down your muscles and tearing them apart when you’re lifting weights. Once you finish your workout, your body is in repair mode.
It’s using nutrients from your diet to build new muscles and repair the ones you broke down. If you don’t give your body the proper nutrients, it won’t have the building blocks it needs to repair your muscles. This is why eating lots of protein, and healthy fats are essential for muscle growth and general health.
I was in Las Vegas a few weeks back and did a training and nutrition video with someone at the fitness conference.
The person I interviewed was John Romaniello. John is a personal trainer based in New York and does a lot of online training, plus the creator of Fat Loss Forever. He is heavily involved with his online clients in nutrition.
As you know, I have been exploring more when it comes to the nutrition side of things. If you read EFI, you know I focus on the exercise side of items related to injuries. After reading more and talking with my clients and fitness professionals, I am keeping myself open to nutritional concepts and how nutrition relates to aches, pains, and injuries. This is one more interview from that journey.
Now back to John.
I asked John if he could share why fitness professionals must be involved in their client’s nutrition.
Why Fitness Training Professionals need to be involved in the Nutrition of their Clients with John Romaniello:
In the above interview, John shares with you:
- Why training and nutrition are not separate things?
- A trainer is one of the best to provide nutritional guidance for their training clients.
- What to do about the fear of giving nutritional advice to your clients?
- How to determine the boundaries of a fitness professional regarding training and nutrition.
- Why the learning never ends for a fitness professional who wants to be the best?
- A few nutritional certifications that John recommends.
- Who John Romaniello is
- John’s take on the Paleo diet and intermittent fasting
- Lastly, John talks about “Fat loss Forever.”
Thanks, John, or as his friends call him, “Roman.”
Remember, earlier this week, I did another nutritional interview with Brian St. Pierre that may also interest you.
Rick Kaselj, MS
P.S. – Here is an interview that I did in the past with Dan Go on Intermittent Fasting that may interest you as well:
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Have a great day, and talk to you soon.
Rick Kaselj, MS