Knowledge is power. False. Knowledge put into action is powerful. True. As we continue to look at the iceberg of success near the top is knowledge. It is common to think that if you know everything about nutrition you should be eating well most of the time. Do all nutritionists eat well 80% of the time? No. Do all personal trainers have a strict workout regimen? Not always. We can have all the knowledge in the world but if not applied it is useless.
One of the most common things I hear from clients about nutrition is “I know what I need to do, I just need to do it.” The truth is we all know the basics of healthy nutrition. Eat whole foods, lots of veggies and fruit, some meat, complex carbohydrates, nuts, seeds and other healthy fats. Avoid sugar and processed foods and drink lots of water. But we overthink things and listen to marketing when we should be working on building the fundamentals.
If we know what to do, then why do we not do it? It comes down to what we talked about this week. Setting a positive mindset, having your environment set up for success and building positive habits. Once you have the foundation in place then taking action on the knowledge you have will be easier.
Knowing it all can also lead to paralyses by analysis. Many people overthink and overcomplicate nutrition and fitness. “Should I fast, should I do keto, do bananas have too much sugar?” The list goes on. Beginners complicate, experts simplify. The key is to build a solid foundation of healthy habits before you try any other nutrition strategies. If you can’t eat a balanced breakfast, eat veggies two times per day and drink half your body weight in water then there is no way doing something stricter will benefit you.
Keep it simple, realize you are in this for the long haul, create an environment that will support your habits, build positive habits then educate yourself on basic nutrition or hire a coach to help.
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