Hate to break the news, but there is no one perfect plan when it comes to nutrition, fitness, and supplementation. Sure, there are some principles that can work for most people, but at the end of the day, everyone is unique. We all have different physiologies, body types, time constraints, taste buds, likes, and dislikes. For these reasons, it is foolish to think that there is a cookie-cutter, one size fits all solution when it comes to being healthy physically, mentally and emotionally.
The key is to find out what works FOR YOU. With so many different diets/eating protocols out there, how does one figure out which approach to go with? EXPERIMENT! Ah, the good old scientific method (flashbacks to sixth grade anyone?). Let’s do an example with diet:
Step 1: Ask a question
“Which diet will help me drop the most body fat in a safe, sustainable manner?”
Step 2: Do background research
Research diets/protocols like Bulletproof, Keto, Vegan, Low Carb, etc.
Step 3: Construct a hypothesis
“By following the Bulletproof Diet, I will lose 5% body fat in three months.”
Step 4: Test with an experiment
Commit to the Bulletproof Diet for three months and test body fat percentage every month.
Step 5: Is it working?
No: Then troubleshoot the procedures, carefully check all steps and setup.
Yes: Proceed to next step.
Step 6: Analyze data and draw conclusions
If the results align with the hypothesis, communicate the results (that it worked and is a good fit for you).
If the results only align partially or not at all with the hypothesis then the experimental data becomes background research for the new/future diet that you will try instead. Ask new questions, form a new hypothesis and experiment again!
While this does take some real work on your part, it is an efficient, quantifiable way to find a diet or fitness regimen that works for you. Before experimenting, here are some key questions to ask yourself:
1) Is this sustainable?
Is the regimen/plan you choose something that you can continually execute on a high level? If it is, go for it. If it’s not, you run the risk of burnout, which can run you into a deeper hole.
2) Are my goals realistic and safe?
Losing too much weight too fast, restricting entire macro-nutrient groups, or jumping into a workout protocol that is too advanced, etc. can all potentially have negative impacts on your body. Be sure to do your research, know where you currently stand health-wise, and consult with a health professional before starting a new program.
3) Am I ready to commit?
In order to see if a certain system works for you, you have to give it a realistic amount of time to take effect. One day, week, or even a month is not sufficient enough to make real change. Make sure to get your mind right and trust the process.
Now go out there and have fun experimenting with becoming the best you possible. There will be some ups and downs, but that is to be expected. Remember, the perfect system is the one that you enjoy doing every single day of your life and brings you joy and happiness.
-You Can 2