Why 1-2-12? | Experience Life


Alright, welcome again to a different episode of Life Time Talks. I’m David Freeman.

And I’m Jaime Martin.

And at the moment’s subject is a recipe for a wholesome lifestyle. What’s 1 to 12 is what we’re going to be diving into. And at the moment we’ve got the nice Samantha McKinney. Been a dietitian and coach and coach for over 15 years. Welcome again, Sam. How are you doing?

Good, thanks. Thanks for having me. Good, how are you guys?

Doing nicely.

I’m feeling actually good. I’m going to get a exercise in after this podcast. I’m enthusiastic about that too.

What’s your exercise?



Strolling. He’s just like the strolling across the studio, which is my favourite. We’re going to seize that for social. Alright. So Sam, we’re diving into 1 to 12. So let’s discuss what that philosophy is and the way it got here to be, what it’s at Life Time.

Sure. So at Life Time, we comply with a philosophy known as realize it, nourish it, transfer it. And that is one thing that I’m actually pleased with, I do know our workforce is actually pleased with. And it’s only a totally different mind-set about well being and how you can obtain optimum well being. As a result of we imagine for those who perceive your physique, for those who nourish it and gasoline it the best method, and then you definately have a good time it with the best motion, you’ll attain new ranges of well being that you simply couldn’t earlier than.

Now everyone knows that the nourish at piece tends to be the laborious half for lots of people. In at the moment’s society, we’re pulled in each method however wholesome. Comfort and well being are sometimes at struggle. And what we seen as a workforce after 30 years of teaching shoppers and dealing with members and serving to folks obtain their objectives is that there are a few easy issues that for those who implement, get you many of the method there. And that is actually the system to attempt to make it– simply because it’s easy doesn’t imply it’s straightforward. This can be a system to attempt to make it straightforward and handy in order that that doesn’t must be at odds with one another anymore. So we developed a 1 to 12 diet system.

And we’re going to interrupt that down. So I do know this can be a recipe for a wholesome lifestyle. So what precisely is the 1, the two, and the 12 stand for?

So it’s a very easy method of remembering. It’s one day by day protein shake, two actual meals high-protein meals per day, and a 12-hour consuming window that you simply eat these in. So it’s a very easy sort of a skeleton framework that if folks comply with, issues form of fall into place, and their well being and their nourishment begin to sort of come again into stability and are available again into line so they may really feel their best possible.

And there’s extra particulars to the system. We will determine how a lot we wish to get into that. However the best way that it’s arrange and the best way that it teaches you to eat and gasoline your physique is it helps you naturally deliver out a stability of protein, fats, and carbs, and improve your consumption of nutritional vitamins and minerals so that you’re fueled appropriately and that you simply operate higher and that your vitality is increased and also you’re simply at this stage of well being that you simply didn’t assume you possibly can obtain so merely.

So this can be a philosophy, but it surely’s additionally a equipment to assist folks sort of get into it and get going with it. So inform us somewhat bit about that and what’s included.

So the equipment itself has an over 300-page information. It’s this lovely guide, but it surely’s really actually practical. And it teaches you the should dos with a view to develop a system for diet that’s going to give you the results you want actually for the remainder of your life. Like I stated, it’s meant to be a framework. It additionally comes with two meal prep containers in order that for those who put together and plan forward of time, which we educate you to do, you could have a solution to have these two meals in a day. And it comes with our all-in-one protein shake combine and a shaker cup to make it actually handy to have protein on the objective.

So it’s only a solution to package deal every little thing collectively. And actually the information and that guide is what brings it to life. And that’s what teaches you methods to make this versatile, methods to make this straightforward, how you can really put together and plan these meals in a method that matches your cooking type, your schedule, and the way a lot time you could have.

What I really like about that’s the cooking type for therefore many people is totally different. We’ve talked at totally different factors on this podcast with totally different folks about I are inclined to make recipes. Some folks batch cook dinner after which piece issues collectively. I’m assuming the guide has foundational components for each of these. I imply, I do know there’s tons of recipes after which all these different suggestions which might be there.

Sure. So it to start with goes into the define and form of the science as to why this works, and our collective expertise as a workforce, like I stated, over 30 years of Life Time. The meal prep piece the place it principally teaches you how you can deliver these two actual meals meals to life goes into three alternative ways to arrange meals relying on what your consolation stage and elegance is. So the primary one is named the minimalist.

And that is for any individual that simply is just not going to cook dinner, doesn’t have time to cook dinner. It basically tells you, right here’s precisely what you should buy on the grocery retailer and the way a lot to throw collectively and how you can put collectively a plate to really make a meal that tastes good that takes little to no prep time. The second precisely what you stated Jaime, is how you can really batch cook dinner components. And so that is those that wish to batch cook dinner let’s say shredded hen and asparagus and a starch and how you can put them collectively. And that individual cooking technique comes with totally different marinades, seasonings, dressing, spice rubs to essentially deliver taste to a easy method of batch cooking.

After which the final one relying on the particular person is full recipe prep. So for instance, you’re feeding a household. You need one thing that’s an precise recipe that brings it to life. And all the recipes are standardized to have at the least 30 grams of protein per serving. You’ll see that as a theme all through all the system, is all the time had a minimal of 30 grams of protein that each meal that you’ve got. And many of the recipes are standardized to 4 servings to make it very easy to scale up and scale down too.

I really like that.

I imply, the best way you framed that up simply made me hungry. However with that, let’s shake it up somewhat bit, pun meant right here. So let’s speak concerning the shake. You could have all-in-one. And what’s so particular concerning the multi function versus your normal shake? And I do know you could have a weigh possibility after which certainly one of my favorites, a vegan possibility. Are you able to inform us somewhat bit concerning the all-in-one shake?

Sure. So typically talking, when any individual implements a day by day high-protein shake, what we discover is that that is actually an anchor and a staple for them to hold their hat on every day. It sort of units the diet tone for the day to assist hold you on monitor. And never solely that, the protein is an absolute key ingredient to conserving vitality ranges steady, to creating positive that it naturally manages your urge for food, it helps you metabolically, it helps drive exercise restoration. It’s simply so, so vital and it’s handy.

So the comfort of a protein shake and making it fast and simple is paramount. We chosen particularly the all-in-one shake combine as a result of it has 30 grams of protein in each serving. So that you’ll hear our workforce joke round lots that that is our fast and simple trick to get 30 grams of protein in 30 seconds. As a result of you possibly can throw it within the shaker cup, hit it with water or an unsweetened nut milk, shake it up and drink and go. Or you are able to do a extra strong meal alternative for those who’d like and add totally different components and there’s a ton of yummy shake recipes within the information too.

However the all-in-one itself, why we adore it is it doesn’t have something synthetic in it. So no synthetic colours, no synthetic sweeteners. The availability chain is actually, actually tight on it in order that it’s the very best quality protein you may get. For those who’re getting the whey protein, then it’s going to be coming from grass-fed cows from New Zealand. If you’re getting the vegan protein, it’s a full amino acid profile too and it’s dairy free for those that don’t tolerate dairy or desire a plant-based possibility. So you actually can’t go incorrect.

The vast majority of folks, if let’s say they’re leaning extra in direction of weight reduction or physique transformation will begin with the vegan simply because dairy tends to be a problem for some folks. But when any individual tolerates dairy, they’ll completely go the whey-based route too. And it truthfully tastes wonderful. It’s certainly one of my meals each day as a result of once more, the system got here collectively partially from what we as dietitians do, however extra importantly, what we see work with our shoppers. It’s simply really easy.

Reality. That may be a truth, it tastes wonderful. I’ll agree there.

I’ll agree there. Alright. So this method was deliberately designed to be versatile, customizable. Are you able to communicate to that somewhat bit?

Sure. Plenty of instances, folks battle with diet as a result of they attempt to go all in to some form of actually strict and inflexible method that solely works brief time period. Once more, what we discovered with our collective expertise is that these few nuggets carried out persistently can get any individual to the place they should go. And so a part of what must be baked in there, no pun meant, is the flexibleness to fit your life.

So a part of that comes from these meal prep strategies. Like I discussed, there’s that minimalist, the ingredient prep, and the total recipe prep. You would possibly do, for instance, a fast lunch that you simply throw collectively and also you try this minimalist prep technique the place you’re simply grabbing pre-hard boiled eggs and a few veggies and a few hummus and taking it with you. However then your dinner may be that full recipe prep.

However extra importantly, that is actually meant to be an 80/20 method. So that you’ll hear us discuss that a complete lot of there’s lots to life and diet that’s extra than simply the way it fills you. There’s nostalgia, there’s celebration, there’s all of that. So that is meant to cowl about 80% of your diet. So if you concentrate on it, in case you have a day by day shake, in case you have two meals a day, that covers 19 out of your 21 meals in every week. That’s about 90%. So even for those who do it barely let’s say imperfectly, you’re nonetheless going to land proper round that 80%, and it offers you that flexibility to do what you might want to do and dwell your life and have that wiggle room that everybody wants.

  1. So we’ve tackled that. We bought the one shake, we perceive that, the 2 high-protein meals a day, that’s the 2 inside that 12-hour window. And also you sort of simply shot it on the market so far as the 80/20 precept, understanding that complete idea. I sort of wish to return to you’ve been on this house for some time. And inside your 15 plus years of being on this house and being a registered dietitian, what are a few of these widespread pitfalls that you simply see within the house round protein and the way we will get higher with it, and particularly with this being an answer?

A few various things. Let me really rewind somewhat bit as a result of I really wish to hit on that 12-hour consuming window briefly as nicely. So that’s actually vital as a result of most of us in at the moment’s society, we’re consuming often from the time we rise up until the time we fall asleep. And that covers a variety of hours of the day and we don’t actually have a variety of downtime for our digestive system.

In order that 12-hour consuming window is a very nice, easy, and simple solution to give our digestive system somewhat little bit of a lot wanted relaxation each day. Plus it’s a mild solution to management senseless consuming and convey consciousness to what you’re doing, as a result of how many individuals battle with simply munching on issues within the sofa at evening or no matter it may be. There’s an increase in recognition of intermittent fasting, and there’s a solution to do it and a method to not do it. That’s not what that is.

That is simply being mindfully conscious. If you concentrate on it, consuming from let’s say 8:00 AM to eight:00 PM is just not overly restrictive. However having these guardrails in place, it’s like I stated, it’s a mild solution to deliver a stage of consciousness. However again to the pitfalls, certainly one of them is what I used to be going to say is simply mindfulness, truthfully. And that’s the place that 12-hour consuming window comes into play and simply having that framework of two meals and a shake a day. And there’s pointers in there on how you can decrease snacking too.

Clearly, that’s not for everyone or there’s methods to customise that. However typically talking, for those who’re consuming this manner, you’re actually satiated and also you don’t want these. However David, you had been asking somewhat bit about protein. I’d say the primary factor that I see folks do is that they assume they’re consuming excessive protein they usually’re not. They may be counting on meals corresponding to peanut butter for protein, and that’s not going to essentially present them as a lot as they assume.

And in order that’s primary. Quantity two is simply consistency. So that they’ll implement one thing for 2 days and actually surprise why they’re not feeling higher. Nevertheless it’s genuinely sticking with it. Your physique wants that protein. After which the opposite factor simply globally that I see as an enormous pitfall for folks is that they give attention to specifics with out specializing in the fundamentals. So that they may be speaking about some actually strategic possibly fad food regimen sort approaches.

Ought to I do that, ought to I try this? And 99% of the time, they don’t have to be anxious about no matter particulars they’re worrying about. And I all the time use the analogy, it’s like choosing out the curtain coloration in your home with out laying down the muse. So that is the muse. And generally folks I discover wish to skip over it as a result of it appears so easy, but it surely works. And so actually what we try to do is make these easy issues that work straightforward to do, and that’s what the 1 to 12 diet system actually achieves.

That’s so nice. Effectively, that is clearly an episode that’s centered on diet, extra about that, however clearly motion is a very vital a part of this. So let’s simply discuss how that matches in with all of it.

You’ll be able to’t have it nourish it transfer it with out the transfer it.


Sure. So clearly, we have to transfer and have a good time our our bodies and problem them for them to get persistently stronger. So it ties into this technique as a result of once more, in case you are transferring your physique, David going for a stroll, staying lively, in case you are doing resistance coaching and lifting and utilizing resistance and difficult your physique, that’s the solely solution to actually enhance and get stronger.

For those who pair it with one thing just like the 1 to 12 method the place you’re consuming increased protein, you’re hitting that minimal 30 grams of protein per meal, you’re simply going to get well and also you’ll see beneficial properties, beneficial properties, beneficial properties. And what I imply by that’s not essentially simply muscle, however vitality, stamina, confidence, endurance, all of that. And so you actually can’t have one with out the opposite.

Compound impact. I like that.


Alright. So Sam, as soon as once more, a fast mini episode throwing it at everyone who’s coming at us proper now that’s listening the 1 to 12, wholesome lifestyle recipe right here. Is there something you wish to depart our listeners with earlier than we log out?

I’d say give a system that appears easy a shot. And provides it a shot for at the least two or three months. Genuinely, it takes time, however you may be shocked at how transformative it’s as a result of it covers all the main fundamentals that you might want to actually be your finest self. And I discover folks clamoring and sort of actually struggling to seek out this magic method, this magic capsule, this one secret factor that they’re lacking, and in the end, there is no such thing as a secret. It’s nearly doing the best issues persistently. And it will deliver it collectively for you in a method that’s really straightforward, and also you’ll discover it sustainable.

This track got here on in my head, hit me together with your finest shot.

There it’s.

There it’s. There’s that music.

Superior. Effectively Sam, thanks a lot for approaching once more. If folks wish to join with you, they’ll discover you on Instagram @Samantha_RDN. You’re a daily contributor to articles at expertise life at lifetime.life. You’ve been on the podcast lots. You’re certainly one of our most frequent friends.

Quantity two to Paul. Paul’s primary. He will get by one.

You understand what, Paul sits proper subsequent to me on the workplace. I’ll give him a tough time.

We’re going to get you again. We’ll sneak you again in for another to even you out. And we’ll put hyperlinks to all of these in our present notes. So thanks a lot, Sam.

Thanks a lot for having me.


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