As I sit here thinking back to when I started this diet, I can’t help but wonder:
“Would it have been this hard if I started out knowing less?”
I know this’ll be difficult to understand because every book tells us that knowledge is power…but is there such thing as too much knowledge?
Knowing too much for your own good?
If I didn’t know what I knew 6 months ago, I can say with the utmost confidence that I would’ve reached my goal in less time.
What I Knew From The Start
Jumping into this diet, I knew everything.
I knew about low-carb diets, fasted cardio, keto diets, HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), carb cycling, fasting etc.
I knew so much, I didn’t know where to start.
But even worse, I thought that was an advantage and decided to design the shortest, most effective diet ever by combining everything together.
For one month, I tried a keto diet, I skipped breakfast for fasted HIIT cardio and ate my meals within an 8 hour window to remain in an intermittent fasted state.
Little did I know, I was going to make zero progress.
The Progress I Did Make
Turns out I made more progress than I thought and it looked something like this:
I progressively hated dieting and training more and more.
I progressively lost muscle and hindered my body composition for the worse because of not consuming enough macro-nutrients.
I progressively lowered the intensity of my workouts because my body wasn’t recovering properly and I was simply disinterested.
I progressively became more moody, tired and unhappy.
It was probably the most miserable month ever and I was so happy to end it with a large pepperoni pizza after I decided enough was enough.
However, looking back now, I couldn’t be more thankful for it.
The Underlying Problem
In a perfect world, knowing too much can never be a bad thing.
Everyone would accept that the best things in life take time and wouldn’t design crazy and miserable diets to reach their goals quickly.
And that’s just it.
We want our goals to be achieved, in a week or a month.
And so we soak in a plethora of information from all sources, don’t watch videos or read articles to the end and immediately start off on the wrong foot.
It’s the oldest cliche in the book and honestly speaking, the most frustrating one.
I was there where you are right now. Starting off on my right foot as a lefty, watching Jeff Nippard videos daily, scrolling through Instagram feeds for tips…
In the end, it was one method (not 6) that led me to the finish line.
Next Week’s Post: The 1 method that made my diet successful.
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