This is just a fun post to satisfy anyone's curiosity. On the very slight chance you lay awake at night wondering what I had to eat today - a typical Thursday - then this for you.
I want to break a myth/stigma that I think surrounds personal trainers. People think that we eat uber healthy all the time; that we never allow ourselves a treat or only eat meal prepped food.
For the majority of trainers this is completely false. Sure, there are some of us that meal prep everything, bring their own food to restaurants, and avoid any liquid that is not water or protein shakes...but they are in the vast minority.
Usually, they are doing this because they have a big interest in the physique competition world. This is a community where that lifestyle comes as part of the package - and all power to them - they usually look great and get a sense of satisfaction or happiness from what they are doing.
I'm not that trainer. I had dinner with a client at a sports bar a few months ago and he was genuinely surprised, maybe even shocked, by how much I ate. If memory serves correctly it was a double stack BBQ bacon burger with fries and onion rings. I think we also shared 3 different appetizers. And I had two heavy beers. My guess is that it was a 3500-4000 Calorie meal. AKA two days worth of Calories for the average person.
At this point certain readers maybe wondering how I can eat that much and not look like I have a balloon hidden under my belly button. It's simple (in name if not by nature). I learned how to adjust my lifestyle to include some fun meals by not eating shit the other 90% of the time.
I think a lot of people miss this, they see a trainer pig out at a restaurant and assume they stay thin while eating like that because of their metabolism or something. Not because they are balancing the Calorie books at home.
Side note: I've been tested, I have a slightly lower than normal metabolism. Bet you didn't see that coming.
There are a few factors that come into play when I consider why I can stay the way I look despite having the occasional massive Calorie meal:
Now that we've talked about the cheat meal, what about all the other meals?
So what did I eat today, an average Thursday? How many Calories did I consume and what was my protein intake?
What's this mean?
In a given day at work I probably burn around 2700-2800 Calories based on my size, sex, and activity at work. I'm putting saving 700 Calories for later in the week where I can either spend them on a nice meal or bank them (i.e. not eat them back) if I'm actively trying to lose fat.