Man, how simple it would be if all of our questions could be satisfied with a yes, no, or at least only a one sentence response. This holds true in the health, wellness, and fitness space. There’s more than a plethora of variables in questions along the line of, “Is keto the right choice for me?” or “”Is X exercise better than Y exercise in conjunction with Z exercise?”
You guessed, the title of this email answered it. It depends.
In relation to the keto question, it depends upon things like genetics, habits, long-term goals, short-term goals, etc. In relation to the exercise question, it depends upon things like structure, short-term goals, mobility, ability to stabilize, etc. Before asking yourself your original question, keep in mind what your actual goal is. If you’re wondering if keto is right for you and you want to build as much muscle as humanly possible, keto doesn’t line up with your goals.
If you want to improve the strength of your squat, but are wondering if you should do burpees and Pilates, your approach doesn’t line up with your goals. To get closer to your answer (or better stated, your “starting point”), always have the goal as the point of reference. The specificity of that goal is the foundation of the question itself, without it, there’s no context or point of direction.
Imagine if I said, “I want to build something, do I need a hammer?”
You would follow up with, “What do you want to build? Would a screw-driver be better? What do you already have? You probably need X too.” Typically, if someone answers your question with an immediate black and white answer, they’ve already predetermined what they’re going to say or push some sort of bias. To get closer to your goals, keep the context of them close, as that's an integral part of finding your starting point.