Q. How long will it take to get my meal plan, training program or combo package?
A. We have a 7 day turnaround as we need time to sit down and go through your questionnaire and tailor the required template to your needs. We are normally faster than this and most likely you’ll receive earlier than 7 days.
Q. What kind of diet/nutrition plan is this?
A. Our nutrition plans are based on balancing good quality food in the correct portions depending on what your goal is: muscle gain, performance improvement/energy increase or fat loss/lean up… We work on balancing your macros to give you the exact amount of food you’ll need to thrive and train at the highest level.
Q. Is the meal plan tailored or are they a generic template?
A. The program is specifically tailored and personalised to your current health and fitness status and customised for your training and aesthetic goals. Please realise that we do work off of a template but will tailor it based on the information you give us so be sure to provide us with as much information as possible. You can either use it as a guide to help with meal planning and preparation as meals can be swapped around, making it flexible enough to suit your needs OR you can follow it as it is written to give you the exact portions you require at each meal and snack.
Q. Once purchased, is there someone to talk to if any issues occur or any questions need to be asked?
A. We offer ongoing assistance for all of our members for just $5/week through our exclusive membership that allows you access to our online Facebook forum. We recommend following the plan for a minimum of 4 weeks or until you have achieved your goal. We have an awesome online community of The Chief Life members who share ideas, info and questions that we answer and monitor daily to provide you with the ongoing support you may need.
Q. Can I still drink coffee/caffeinated drinks?
A. You can choose to or not drink caffeinated beverages, during the first 4-6 week detox phase we do encourage you to remove all allergens/vices in order to let your body reset and get back to hormonal equilibrium, however you get to decide how “hardcore” you go with any of the changes you make…
What this short video on why we encourage people to remove coffee for at least a month when starting with us, and then make your decision:
Q. Are you qualified to offer this information?
A. Co-founder Stacey Harris (and founder of StarFit Nutrition) is a qualified Dietitian/Nutritionist, having studied a BSc majoring in Nutrition finishing at Sydney University with a First Class Honours. She has the scientific knowledge and the clinical experience of working with thousands of individuals with their varying nutrition needs since 2009.
Q. I’ve been following the plan for about 2 weeks and am seeing amazing changes to my body composition but am struggling with energy in my workout, do you have any suggestions to help with this?
A. It’s so great to hear things are going so well in the body composition department! We love hearing progress updates.
It’s quite normal to have a little energy slump in the first 2 weeks due to your body changing over from being a sugar burner predominantly to now burning both sugar and fat efficiently as fuel. You will actually find that your energy levels sky rocket this week as week 3 is normally when the body has adjusted and is now used to the new way of eating. Be sure you’re drinking plenty of water and getting at least 8 hours of sleep each night for adequate recovery from training and that will help with your energy during training as well!
A. I’d rather you worry more about the “puzzle” and balancing all 3 macros than worrying about total calorie intake but here is a more detailed answer…So the main focus is on macronutrient balance and having a multiple of 7g protein source, 9g carb source and 3g fat source in each meal and snack. (The multiplier for each meal and snack will vary for gender and depends on your goal, size and training – we have done the maths for you in your meal plans).
There is less of a focus on calorie counting because it’s more about eating good quality foods in these correct amounts – it gets quite confusing, hence the beauty of the meal plan to let you know how much of each to consume. I have given you the breakdown below but I have used the words ish and approximately because calories are not an accurate way to measure food anyway due to the nature of the body breaking down different combinations of foods at different speeds (compared to a bomb calorimeter that figures out calorie content of food in a science lab) and food quality/quantity/macro balance plays a big part in the hormonal response after eating. Also, the foods we eat that we consider protein, carb and fat do also contain more calories from the other macro groups but don’t get counted into this equation because it doesn’t have to be that accurate. So it’s more likely that you’d be taking in, for example, 1200-1500kcal per day from our meal plan but only 1000kcal gets considered in the ratio calculations that we figure out, hence I don’t have a recommended calorie intake for you to hit each day.
Protein: 30% (308ish)
Carb: 40% (396ish)
Fat: 30% (297ish)
Total per day-ish: approximately 1000 kcal (this was calculated for a petite female looking for fat loss), this may sound low but speak to anyone who has followed our meal plans and the main complaint is that there is too much food to eat and our clients never go hungry as well as feeling heaps of energy once they pass the initial transition phase!
The best thing to do if you want to track your food is to keep a food diary in my fitness pal or notes on your phone to keep you accountable and allow you to see what you’re eating but don’t worry so much about how many calories you’re eating in total across a whole day – focus more on eating all 3 macros every time you eat.
Q. Why is my meal plan very similar to my friends, even though we have different goals or training schedules?