Book Interview Diakadi-Style

My friends from Diakadi Training Studio recently interviewed me about my new book.  Getting into my head is always an interesting adventure.  I think Leonardo DiCaprio and the Inception crew planted some bad seeds up in there that I just can’t get out.  Oh well, at least its more entertaining than a robotic voice telling you to eat more vegetables (which you absolutely should by the way). Hope you enjoy:

Where my left hand is is our business

Nate’s mission in writing The Fat Loss Consultant was to bring you the facts about nutrition and make it easy and most importantly sustainable even with our hectic lives. We decided to interview him about his new book and what makes it so different and easy to follow compared to other nutrition program or diets. He let us in on a few life secrets, as well as why his system works.

1. What motivated you to write your most recent book, The Fat Loss Consultant?

I’m getting old, and the stripper industry is pushing me out the door.  Just kidding (or am I?)

One of the main problems in the fitness industry is that most of the nutrition information out there is written WITHOUT keeping the specific demands and obstacles of the busy professional in mind.  Does any of this sound familiar — eat 6 small meals a day, cut calories and starve on salads at night, never eat out at restaurants, etc.?

I’ve been in this business long enough to know that approach may work for a tiny percentage of hardcore athletes — or just plain gym rats and diva’s — who, not-so-coincidentally, are the ones writing most of what you read in the magazines.  But c’mon man, it’s not a realistic plan for a busy professional with a hectic schedule and crazy career demands.

This is why we have so many diet programs on the market producing so few results.

The Fat Loss Consultant was designed to help solve this problem.  It is a system that combines convenient, flexible, and sustainable diet plans with real world practical application strategies to help busy professionals lose fat, improve health, and overcome their most common dieting roadblocks.

2. Who should purchase this system?

With late night deadlines, long business trips, and corporate pressure, does your health profile look like a corpse-in-waiting?  Has your six-pack turned into a keg?  Has that daily muffin turned into a permanent muffin top hanging over your bikini bottoms?  Maybe you should give us a chance to change your broken down corporate body into a head-turning beach physique…

Honestly, I believe this system is for anyone tired of “quick fix” approaches, and is looking for a more functional lifestyle plan.  Any diet can work for the short-term when motivation is high — say for the upcoming beach season or for a professional photo shoot geared towards fooling people on your e-dating site profiles.

But what happens after that 12-weeks, or 90 days, or whatever?  Athletes and average dieters alike will yo-yo between extremes.  You need a more informed approach, based on both scientific research and real world practical experience, to achieve permanent, sustainable results.

In other words, this book is for anyone who is looking to stop getting scammed or sold on magic pills/miracle products, and start getting educated on better lifestyle habits.

3. What is your “hands-down / most effective” piece of nutritional advice that you stand by and share with others?

Feast at night!  Yep, you heard that right. The most functional, sustainable, and enjoyable diet plans are the ones in which the majority of calories and carbs are eaten at night.

This goes against everything you’ve probably ever heard regarding an optimum fat loss protocol.  But guess what?  If everything you heard about in the Health & Fitness industry actually worked, there would be a lot more people walking around in shape.

Regarding this topic, I can tell you without a doubt that going AGAINST mainstream advice works well for losing fat, retaining lean muscle mass, and dramatically improving dietary adherence, for a variety of reasons:

A. Evolutionary Theory: We evolved on a fasting/feeding cycle.  We are meant to eat lighter during the day while “hunting” (whether for food in the wild or business deals in the boardroom makes no difference), and eat the majority of our calories at night in order to refuel, recover, and prepare for the next day. Trying to cut calories at night goes completely against our evolutionary instincts, natural desires, business schedules, and social patterns.

B. Real World Psychology: Our brains work on a sacrifice/reward pattern.  Most people find it relatively easy to cut calories and make better food choices during the day, as long as they know they can eat a larger meal at night, and get to end the day satiated and satisfied (at least in the kitchen, the bedroom is your own responsibility).  This is way more effective than large lunches that lead to rebound hypoglycemia and energy crashes, and tiny dinners that lead to starvation-induced, junk food binges.

C. Physiology: Too boring and too much to get into here (that’s why I wrote the book).  But in short, this structure controls insulin/blood sugar levels and maximizes fat burning hormones and cellular factors during the day, while simultaneously improving nutrient partitioning and maximizing muscle building hormones and cellular factors at night.  The result?  More efficient fat loss with better retention, or even gains, in lean muscle mass.  In non-chalkboard terminology — get your bikini or board shorts or European man-thong ready!

D. Scientific Research: For doubters who think I’m a quack, or nerds who demand proof, I’ve included links to various research studies in the book.  But here are a few to wet your weird appetite:

You can cling to fitness nutrition dogma and keep slaving away at a plan that produces mediocre results for you at best, or is so miserable you only “diet” and get in shape once every 4 years, or you can give something else a try — something that works more efficiently and can be maintained indefinitely.

4. How do you motivate individuals that know what to do and educate themselves when it comes to eating right but lack the mindset to place it all in action?

For ladies, I tell them to quit “whining like a girl”.  That usually makes them mad enough at me to take some action and prove me wrong.  For guys, I tell them to quit being such a P-word (another way to call a cat a kitty).  Yes, private sessions with your ol’ pal Nate Miyaki are not politically correct or PG13.  Besides, I’m an educator not a motivator.

That’s why I asked my wife Kalai to help me with this component of the system.  Her background is in Psychology (BA University of Chicago, MA New York University) and she has coached at the NCAA level.  She is more sympathetic to people’s struggles, and is interested in translating Sports Psychology principles into the fitness and fat loss realms, in order to help people maximize their potential.

We go over several principles in the book, but I would say the most critical one is going beyond superficial or societal motivation, and digging deeper to find what truly and personally can motivate an individual.  It is different for everyone.

Maybe it means showing a busy professional how better food distribution patterns can improve cognitive abilities and work performance, thus giving them an edge on the competition.  Maybe parents need to be made aware of how their own food choices can provide a good (or bad) example for their children.  With modern Y2K habits, many kids are sick and overweight before they even have a choice.

For some it is just a cosmetic goal like getting a 6-pack (especially for mirror gazers like me).  But for most people, that alone is not enough to get them to the finish line.  Look inside yourself, and you’ll find a real reason to keep pushing forward where maybe you have given up in the past.

5. What quote inspires you to live to a fulfilled, happy, healthy life?

“Marry a Hawaiian girl who is as cool and smart as she is hot.”  What can I say man?  I got lucky…

Honestly, I think one of the keys to happiness in life is staying authentic. You just gotta be who you are, say what you believe without worrying too much about the consequences, and make the choices that are right for YOU, not anyone else.  If you are just trying to project an image, and care too much about what others think of you, than you’re life isn’t going to be much fun.

Oh, you meant a quote from someone significant, not incoherent ramblings?  I’d go with my main man Bruce Lee:

“Even though I may die some day without fulfilling all of my ambitions, I will have no regrets.  I did what I wanted to do and what I’ve done, I’ve done with sincerity and to the best of my ability.  You can’t expect much more from life…In other words, simply let your career and daily activities be harmonious expressions of who you truly are.”

I’m a laid-back beach dude with the maturity level of a teenager, likes to joke around a lot, is passionate about health AND physique enhancement, and enjoys sharing that passion with whoever wants to listen.  I hope that comes across in the book, and in everything else I do.

You can check out Nate’s new book here:  The Fat Loss Consultant:  Functional Fat Loss Plans for Busy Professionals