Beginner’s Nutrition: Are You Overthinking Your Diet?


This is one of those frustrations with any nutrition plan.  There are a lot of diets out there and everyone is always hyping the next big thing.  These diets can be complicated with a lot of nuances making sticking with them very difficult and frustrating.
In my experience, the best nutrition plan you can be on is the one you can stick with.  If you make your plan too complicated, too time sensitive, or too restrictive you are going to look for opportunities to go off of it and onto the latest thing that you hope will work better. This jumping around doesn’t do you any good. If there is one takeaway from the article it’s this:

Once you have a rough plan in place, put it into action for at least four weeks before adjusting anything. If you do decide to adjust, change only one aspect each time so you will know what is working and what isn’t.

Personally, I like to eat Paleo but with an 80/20 split.  That is, I generally stick with a Paleo style diet 80% of the time and I allow myself to go off the plan 20% of the time.  This is what keeps me sane and keeps the weight off.

Lots of good tips in this article for someone embarking on a fitness journey.
Source: BreakingMuscle.com