I sent a survey out last week to all the FTS Insiders (click here to become one) and all my social media peeps (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram). The goal of the survey was to try to identify what I can offer to you all to better serve you and that involves offering better services and products as well as producing more relevant content.
It had the following three questions:
What is something you need ongoing support for?
What is the #1 challenge you face when trying to lose weight, gain muscle, or just get healthier?
What product or service do you wish I offered?
I got some really great responses and was able to identify a really obvious trend to the answers for question number two.
Almost everyone said something related to nutrition and the most common answer about nutrition was something that resembled "I don't know what to do for it."
I was a bit blown away myself as I really find it hard that so many people struggle "knowing" what to eat and what not to eat.
I say that because I spend a lot of time around people who you would consider non-nutritional experts and they see to have a pretty great intuitive sense of what things are likely moving them closer to health and what things are moving them further away from it. And most everyone seems to understand the concept of moderation and it's importance.
Yet I continue to be told that a lot of you "don't know what to do" when it comes to eating.
I'm sorry to say, but that just isn't the case.
I think the problem is that you are using that as another excuse to keep you from having to take action.
I mean we literally live in the "Information Age." Which means if lack of information was the reason for so many people being overweight, obese, and unhealthy that problem should already be fixed.
The real problem isn't that you "don't know what to do," it's that you don't take action on anything.
You get stuck in the paralysis of analysis and you spend all your time worrying about whether you are doing it "right" or doing it "perfect" that it overwhelms you and keeps you from actually ever doing anything.
You see "right" or "perfect" is the enemy of better.
Get it out of your head that you are ever going to be perfect or that you will always make the right decision because that just isn't going to happen.
Instead start focusing on what you can do better today, at the next meal, or at the next opportunity to exercise.
If you approach nutrition with this attitude then you stop analyzing everything and you begin to trust your intuitive senses toward food and begin making better choices each meal.
I mean most of us know that we need to change the things we are eating and begin exercising more so then we must have enough knowledge to know what we are doing wrong therefore we can't plead ignorance because anything other than what we are doing would be better.
For example I think most people can agree that we all need to eat plenty of protein, lots of veggies, and healthy fats. However few people do any of those things.
Most people instead are carbivores and get 80% of their calories from that single nutrient.
Therefore if you don't eat any veggies all you have to do is start eating some veggies. That is better and that is all that matters.
If you don't consume any kind of protein you should start eating some of it. That is better and that is all that matters.
Are you starting to catch my drift here?
This finally brings me to the solution I'd like to offer to you all and that is that in order to even have the opportunity to make better choices you must have choices available.
What I mean by this is most people make nutritional decisions based on the convenience of that decision. There is little foresight or planning that goes into it therefore your only choice is the most convenient choice and that typically means it's not always the best for your goals.
What is the answer then?
The answer is planning and preparation.
I'm sorry I know it sounds awful and definitely not like the sexy answer everyone is dying to hear that involves no work, commitment, or effort on your part.
I'm also sorry to say that answer is a fantasy and the longer you continue to search for it the more time you are going to waste being frustrated and unhappy.
Instead accept the fact that having the performance and physique you desire is going to take a bit of investment and some skill acquisition.
Be ready to practice. Be ready to fail. Be ready to learn.
It's just part of the process.
The great news is that it just gets easier to do as you get better from all your practice.
However I know that planning for a week of eating and preparing ahead of time for that week of eating can be a daunting task when you have never done it before.
It's actually not as complicated as some people make it seem. You just have to find the strategy and schedule that works best for you.
To get you started on your habit of planning and preparing I'd like to walk you through my own personal approach to planning my meals for the week and preparing them.
All you have to do is click here to get access to a 15 minute video of me talking through my entire process. My hope is that you can use this as a template and starting point for your own weekly planning and preparation.
Happy moving and heavy lifting
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