Paralysis by analysis is a phrase all of us have not only heard, but experienced.
With a plethora of options in anything, it’s common many of us freeze and over-analyze those choices. Frozen by fear of making the “wrong” decision.
This is quite possibly the concern I see in most individuals when we discuss diet. There’s quite literally, hundreds of thousands of foods to pick from, even strictly looking at healthy options!
How can anyone even know where to start?
When starting a body transformation, step one is to begin a food journal. In that food journal, I actually encourage clients to eat as regularly as possible. After about a week or so, I analyze the food journal and take steps to make small, manageable, and maintainable adjustments.
This helps us avoid that paralysis by analysis, this way we don’t have to deal with the stress and pressure that comes from unrealistically aggressive diets.
So, to circle back to the title of this email… What should you really eat?
1% better than last week.
Drinking sodas? Go for the low or zero calorie option.
Eating 80/20 beef? Opt for 90/10.
5 cups of coffee per day? Aim for 3, even add 2 decaf cups if you need.
French fries every time at a restaurant? Try the steamed veggies or salad.
Do not, and I can’t emphasize this enough, DO NOT try and be perfect within your diet parameters. This will create an unrealistic expectation of yourself, and when left unfulfilled, is a crash course directly to rebound.
1% better than last week will compound over time like you couldn’t even imagine.