Most of this information leads people to sifting through data upon data to try and find the "perfect" answer. In reality the "perfect" answer may be the simplest one...
Do carrots have too much sugar?
Should I eat mostly pork or beef?
These are the kinds of questions that I get asked on a regular basis. Especially from people that are new to the nutrition game or beginning a new program for the first time.
Hey I love it! I love that people are motivated enough to get extremely nit picky with certain foods. They want to find what is truly the healthiest option or what will lead them to the greatest fat loss success.
The issue however is that most people are in the pursuit of perfection without building a solid foundation of nutritional habits first. They will ask me if they should eat instant or steel cut oats for breakfast but will still put a tablespoon of brown sugar on top.
It's like asking what angle to set up your starting blocks for the 400 meter sprint before knowing if you can actually sprint 400 meters.
If you are eating a chocolate waffles for breakfast a couple times a week still it doesn't matter if your putting butter or margarine on top.
The simplest, most effective, most important thing that you can do to reach your nutrition, health, performance, goals is to first eliminate the temptations. Eliminating temptations is far more valuable they wondering if almond butter is better than cashew butter.
If poor quality food is around it is damn hard to resist. It's human nature. It is in our DNA to binge when food is around and cookies and ice cream are no exception. If you think you can buy a dozen cupcakes and only eat one a week your kidding yourself. I know I would be!
Instead of focusing if quinoa is better than a yam for fat loss, focus on not eating doughnuts every Friday during your office treat days.
How many calories should your salad dressing have? How about replacing the Big Mac with a salad first and we can worry about the dressing after?!
The pursuit of perfection is impossible no matter what your nutritional background. So instead of stressing over little details focus on the big picture. Eliminate, as best you can, all those temptations that could lead to poor choices. Once you have successfully done that you can start to focus on the smaller details.
If you are eating healthy breakfast's, lunches, and dinner's then by all means start dialling in more specific concepts. But until that time focus on removing temptations from your life and making good choices for 80%-90% of the time.
To be honest, unless you are an elite athlete, training for a body building competition, or eating for a very specific circumstance, removing temptations and eating healthy will lead to some pretty amazing results.
If you are eating an omelette with lots of veggies instead of Lucky Charms for breakfast, a spinach salad with chicken instead of a burger for lunch, and a homemade beef stir-fry instead of pizza for dinner, you are going to be both healthy and maintain an awesome weight.
So until you have quit eating pop tarts for breakfast we are not even going to discuss if strawberries have more sugar than blackberries!
What is the first thing that happens on any weight loss show? An total pantry overhaul!
No more shitty food in that kitchen but rather real, whole, healthy foods instead of chips and soda. They don't go through and decide what squash has the lowest glycemic response or if chicken has less fat then turkey.
So if you want to start achieving success today...get rid of all the garbage foods in your kitchen! Then pick what meal is generally the worst for you and focus on eating healthy foods for that meal everyday of the week.
Once you have that established move onto your next meal, then your next. Before you know it you will be eating a completely healthy diet!
Eliminating temptations will have a much greater effect then the pursuit "perfection"! Don't stress the small stuff but rather focus on the big picture.
Live Your Best Life!
PS...On Wednesday April 1st I will be hosting "The Road to Optimal Health" webinar @ 7pm MT. I will discuss what is one of the simplest and most effective ways achieve optimal health. If you would like to join this FREE webinar...CLICK HERE!