Don’t eat after 7pm. Do cardio on an empty stomach. Eat carbs in your post-workout meal. Stay in the fat-burning zone. Do this exercise to get great abs. Don’t do that exercise to tone your legs. Confused? You are not alone.
Why So Much Confusion?
With thousands of nutritionists, dietitians, and personal trainers out there, and each of them having their own philosophy on fitness, it’s no wonder why people get confused. It’s information overload.
Peoples’ confusion is deep rooted in their own lack of patience and confidence in what they’re doing. I was guilty of this too at one point in my life. It’s hard to stick with a particular plan when you feel like there’s another way of doing things that’s better. After all, why would I want to waste my time if philosophy “x” is getting much better results for other people?
The other reason why there’s so much confusion is because 90% of what you read out there actually works. Sure, there are a few ridiculous ideas thrown around, but a little common sense can go a long way towards eliminating them.
If you were to really simplify all those ideas down to a few common denominators, you would see that they all preach eating whole foods and exercising. All the ideas that are built onto those core principles are what make fitness so confusing.
I have tried nearly every diet out there, and you know what? They all worked. I’ve tried no carb, low carb, and high carb. I’ve tried nutrient timing, paleo, and intermittent fasting. What I found though was that certain eating styles were better suited to my lifestyle. Those particular eating styles succeeded at the most important fitness concept of all – adherence.
What Should You Do?
Find an idea you believe in – one that makes sense to you. Then, give it a chance to work. Most people do just fine with part 1 of the 2-part process. They research and find a way to eat that makes sense to them.
The problem happens when after a week of eating that way, they read something else that makes sense too. So they change their diet up once again, and the cycle continues over and over again.
Even on a single website like this one, I talk about several different strategies to lose weight. My suggestions aren’t supposed to all be put to practice.
I try my best to show people the cause/relationship effect certain actions have on their bodies. I try to show them what happens when they eat carbs at particular times of the day. I try to show them what happens when you do cardio on an empty stomach.
The ultimate goal is to eventually have you take this information and be able to formulate your own individual fitness plan. One that makes sense to you and that you can call your own. One that will fit into your lifestyle. One that you will be able to stick with for the rest of your life.
That really is the key to all this madness – eat whole foods, get active, and find a way to do it so that it sticks for the long term.