- Artists - who go by how it feels, they do what seems right;
- Scientists - who like to analyse the numbers and then make changes to see what happens with performance; and
- Accountants - who love numbers, tables, graphs and charts.
- There are the artists who go by feel, by the big picture. I was thinking of many of the paleo guys here - they have a big picture template within which they operate. Some low carb people are the same.
- There are the scientists who will experiment with different combinations of nutrients, meal frequencies etc and see what works.
- There are the accountants who measure everything, recording how many calories are consumed, how many grams of protein/carbs/fat etc. They keep records in fit day and can chart their macro nutrient percentages.
I suppose I am artist / scientist. I like the big picture, principle based diet. Eating to some general principles. But I also like to experiment - trying fasting, adding some carbs around workouts, upping the protein, cutting the fat or whatever and seeing what happens.
Counting grams and calories is a chore and I find it difficult to apply myself, so I am not really an accountant...
I am not sure what is best, but it probably depends on what you are trying to achieve. I have done some accountancy recently, prompted by consulting with Martin, and it was instructive to see that I wasn't really eating as much protein as I thought I was; nor was I getting as many calories as I needed. I was within my artistic limits, but the accountancy has helped the scientist in me understand things more. I've actually leaned out a bit while eating more. Sometimes the artist is working becomes lazy and blinkered - the paradigm that you are committed to is too closed.
Lyle has some interesting related thoughts in his article: How Detail Oriented do You Need to Be
What are you: artist, scientist or accountant?