The main idea that drives this blog is that efficiency is the only goal that makes logical sense in health and fitness (or anything really, for that matter).
That said, figuring out how to make an efficient health and fitness system does take a markedly increased initial effort – you’ve got to put in the prerequisite thought and planning, and perhaps a little subsequent trial and error.
This is important to understand, because initiating health and fitness effort is already hard on it’s own, and you thus might feel especially overwhelmed at the outset: Not only do you have to get used to expending effort on diet and training, you have to get used to expending effort on thinking about how to expend effort on diet and training. You do a lot of work… to do as little work as possible, and it might seem ironic and hypocritical or maybe outright nonsensical.
…which is why I’m writing this post – to explain that the increased initial effort is neither ironic nor hypocritical because it’s temporary.
If you do the extra work now to make the system work efficiently, and perhaps do intermittent bouts of extra work to adjust the system and keep it working efficiently, the overall amount of work you do will be less.
My main point, and a PSA to those getting started, or restarted:
If it feels overwhelming and perhaps insurmountable, understand that the first few weeks and months are the hardest. Once you iron out the new system and get into the groove of an automatic routine, it gets way easier. Forever. And, like I did, you’ll realize that it was absolutely worth the effort.