The Not-So-Obvious Strategy to Get Ripped
Here’s the big question:
How do you consistently lose fat when you’re busy, stressed out, working on 10 different things, and when your willpower is at an all-time low?
If you’ve been in that situation or if you ever asked that question, you probably know how hard it can be consistent with your nutrition.
And here’s the thing. A HUGE part of the problem may be the complexity of your diet.
Why Complex Diets Often Fails?
Imagine you open two dozen tabs in your browser.
Any extra tab you open demands more memory and starts slowing down your processor (your brain in this case).
The result is, you feel drained, stressed out, your judgment gets clouded and you start defaulting to bad choices.
Doing groceries, cooking, figuring out what to order, thinking about when the next meal is going to be, measuring everything… all those decisions require mental bandwidth.
And that’s not all. Every other thing you do in a day also works the same. It’s processed in the same place and it all requires bandwidth.
This is actually one of the reasons why many people gravitate toward overly simplified diet approaches such as cutting out whole food groups or even doing extreme “mono diet” such as eating only meat or only fruit.
They’re too tired to think and they just want something simple. (Have you ever felt like that? Reply in the comments)
Now, the problem with these overly restrictive approaches is that they’re typically not sustainable as a lifestyle and some of them can even be harmful to our health.
On the other hand, in the more nutrition-conscious community, a lot of people are trying to be too flexible with their diet.
They’re making things too complicated, thinking more food variety is always better.
The problem is, more is not better. If your brain is already overwhelmed, and you’re juggling 10 different commitments at once, the last thing you want is more diet freedom.
Remember the browser analogy?
When our mental bandwidth is occupied, our ability to make rational decisions is severely crippled and we start making poor food choices.
Every time you go the store and try to pick between the thousands of food items, by the time you get to the checkout counter, you’re more likely to throw in that candy bar.
Or when you’re browsing through hundreds of options on Yelp or TripAdvisor trying to find a good food place… After a while, your brain is so exhausted that you’ll just go for whatever.
Or when you try to figure out what new thing to eat for breakfast… You just spent very valuable mental energy on food when it could’ve been invested in your business or carrier.
The Paradox of Choice and Getting Ripped
The more choices we have, the more we struggle to make up our minds. This is based on a concept called the paradox of choice.
Also, when we make our final choices, we’re less likely to be satisfied with the decision and we’re more likely to question ourselves.
More choices also require more time to evaluate each option.
Whether you’re an experienced dieter or someone new to the healthy lifestyle, simplicity is the key to success. Especially when you’re just starting out.
Set some clear rules for yourself and get a plan you’ll enjoy.
Create routines. Soon these will turn into habits and will not require as much conscious effort.
Shopping for groceries should require no thinking.
You should already know what to buy before entering the store. No endless browsing trying to figure out what to get.
Prepare to succeed or be ready to fail.
Same goes for your daily nutrition. For example, having a similar breakfast every day can be a game-changer for consistency. Or if you’re in a hurry, having a fall-back meal option that you know how to get in just a few minutes.
I wanted to share this with you guys because I see so many people overcomplicate things and just get lost in the whole process.
You want to be smart about things and set yourself up for success. Perfecting your nutrition strategy and customizing it to fit your exact goals can take time and skill. It’s not easy but it’s extremely rewarding.
And if you’re looking for help with creating an optimal nutrition strategy to get you to your goal then I invite you to get on a free assessment call at www.fitnessmastery.com/call
On the call, we’ll discuss your physique goals, what’s holding you back from achieving them, and how to finally take your health and fitness to the next level.
This will be the best 45 minutes you’ve spent on your fitness this year!