One of our biggest discontentment is to find that ‘perfect’ diet that will fix it all for us. The worst part is that we keep trying and go back to square one, which is always messier than the last time you thought of going on a diet.
My biggest argument is that we don’t need a diet if we’re conscientious about what we’re eating, but that’s like sounds and smells like BS to some. But every diet on this planet is a conscientious effort to eat less or carbs or more of proteins or fats or some weird combination of the all three. The challenge with that approach is that it’s all too general for most people. Let’s not forget about the complexities (read: suffering) one has to go through.
One question that I often ask myself is this — would I still be following this approach 30 years from now? If the answer is no, then it doesn’t make sense for me to consider an approach. Speaking of which, two of my favorites are the slow-carb diet and the warrior diet (I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this in the past). I find them simple to follow since they flawlessly plug into my systems approach to eating.
What do I mean by that? Well, eating for me is a systems approach. The equation is pretty simple: what do I eat and when. I don’t want to think about what I should be eating and what I shouldn’t be. And the latter has a direct relation to my physical goals (at that point of the year) and performance with weights. Otherwise, I would just like to eat like a normal human being. Everything that should be eaten. Plain and simple.
Listen, if you’re wondering…
- If you should add milk to your coffee
- Or have Apple Cider Vinegar first thing in the morning with or without lemon (or is that lime)
- If you’ve overshot your calories by 23 kcal (which could be “game over” for you, right?)
- If you should have an extra helping of rice or chicken (but what about fat in the chicken?)
You’re overthinking this and you should get a life.
I think Ben Pollock, an award-winning competitive powerlifter, shared the best advice on diets, “just don’t eat like an asshole.” I concur. And I think that’s the best place to start thinking about what you eat and how you plan to eat. Yes, your weight-loss, body composition, and health goals are important but you’ll be stupid to think a diet will take care of it all.
Focus on habits and systems instead. The slow-carb and warrior diet sync with my systems approach the best. But that’s just me and not for everyone. To each, his own. And that is precisely what you should remember at all times.