Doubt is essential to your health goals, says Mark Sisson. If you're too sure and get stuck on your beliefs, you end up ignoring the other possibilities that can lead to the real ah-ha moments that help you break through plateaus and reach your goals. So, have a little doubt. Image by Caio Jjonny.
We're all aware of the overwhelming amount of information around regarding health and fitness, but it's not all quackery. Keep an open and critically-thinking mind. Sisson suggests that when you close yourself off to new ideas, you strip yourself of an important driver of growth and innovation: Curiosity.
By all means, study the principles, but commit to continual self-experimentation and modification. Isolate new variables for a while, and see how increasing or decreasing carbs slightly works for you. Adjust the timing of your workouts. Try giving up nightshades for thirty days to see how you feel when you're off of them and when you go back on. See if eating more fat or less affects your body composition, hunger or energy levels.
Every principle will need to be slightly modified to fit your lifestyle and preferences. Not only that, but you (both mind and body, or life circumstances) will continue to change over time, and so you'll need to be malleable to constantly make adjustments.
Doubt can be very useful to help you analyse and remain thoughtful about every new practice or piece of information you come across, and relate them back to you and your goals.
Don't Be So Sure: Why Doubt Is an Essential Tool for Reaching Health Goals [Mark's Daily Apple]