Are You Suffering From Analysis Paralysis?

I recently ran across this article, A Microscope Keeps You Fat, written by Chad Waterbury. In this article, Chad speaks to individuals who are far from their goal, yet get confused by and wrapped up in the finer points of fat loss, rather than concentrating on the big picture. He reminds us to keep it simple, focus on the basics, and not get overwhelmed by the details. If you still have a long way to go on your fat loss journey, take a look a few of Chad's great tips.


  • Artificial sweeteners are the last thing you should focus on at this point when it comes to fat loss. Rather than researching which is better for you, Splenda or Equal, you should instead be looking at your total carbohydrate intake and what sources you are getting your carbs from. The focus should be on whole food sources, not packaged foods, take-out, or lattes.
  • Fructose (and fruit) is not bad for you. If you are consuming a balanced ratio of protein, carbs, and fats, leaning heavy on natural food sources, you don't need to worry so much about details like fructose intake.
  • Focus on achieving at least your body weight, in grams, of protein. This is more important than whether or not you are eating complete proteins over incomplete.
Don't overanalyze your diet. Step back and look at the big picture, not the minute details. Big changes lead to big results.


  • Focus on whole body workouts, consisting of compound exercises over single-joint exercises, as they burn the most fat. Think lunges with an overhead press rather than bicep curls.
  • Keep rest periods short and loads and/or total reps high when training for fat loss.
You can check out the full article on Figure Athlete, here.
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