I don’t know about you but I avoid complication. Unless you’re a nuclear physicist or airline pilot, complication is usually needless and a roadblock to getting work done. Why do you think every productivity system on the planet stresses the need to divide work into short, simple tasks? Simplicity brings clarity and clarity helps you get the work done.
The same holds true in your Paleo journey. There are so many sources of information out there you could easily get yourself tied in knots before you even get started. Complication is much easier than simplicity; it’s a perplexing dichotomy that needs to be experienced to be understood. The best plan, especially when you’re starting out, is to work on a few simple things that bring you closer to your goal. These include not eating any grains, filling up on proteins instead of carbohydrates, and getting regular exercise. Doing those three things alone would advance your goals more than you can even imagine. How’s that for putting the Pareto Principle into practice?
When I think back on all of my previous attempts to get my weight under control, I was undone a lot of the time by complication. Weighing portions, counting calories, and journaling are complications that can wear down even the most committed over time. Complication leads to confusion and confusion can lead to failure.
What has been your experience with your Paleo / Primal journey? Do you find the simplicity of the lifestyle encouraging to your long term goals? Were you undone by the complications of earlier weight loss attempts? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.