Answer These Questions Before Trying a New Diet or Nutrition Plan
Before trying any dietary protocol (e.g. Keto, intermittent fasting, etc), make sure you’ve first practiced the fundamentals.
Do you know how to read a food label?
Do you know what foods are good sources of protein, fat, or carbohydrates?
Do you know how to cook and prepare simple, basic meals?
Do you know how to follow a recipe?
Do you know about how much food you need to eat in a day?
Do you know how to properly portion your meals?
Do you understand your hunger signals?
Do you eat slowly or do you eat quickly?
Do you know what foods are your “trigger” foods that often lead you to mindlessly eat or overeat?
Until you can answer “yes” to most of these questions, you have little business experimenting with more advanced strategies.
Do advanced strategies work? Sure. Everything works but not everything is going to work for you.
And for most of us, these advanced strategies are a distraction.
Now, every question above is linked to a particular nutritional skill and each skill can be learned with a little practice.
There’s nothing fancy about any of them and with a little focus, you can master each fairly quickly.
The key: focus.
Don’t get distracted by the hype around certain dietary protocols. I get it, you want to make progress and you want it now.
Abruptly switching is impulsive. We want intention.
Once you have a good grasp on the fundamentals, only then can you be intentional with your decision to try something different. You won’t be swayed by fancy marketing rather you’ll have a deep enough understanding of your body and your needs to know what’s worth your time.
Most of it isn’t worth your time. Focus on what is.