This might be why you struggle with consistency (and getting results).
The biggest mistake I made early on as a coach/nutritionist was assuming people who had nutrition experience understood the fundamentals.
I'd start working with people who had experience with all kinds of diets, understood macros...so, I'd try to 'meet them where they were at.'⠀
Only to realize they were stuck/frustrated/plateaued because they had skipped the essentials required for consistency (and success).⠀
The TRUTH is, if you nail the fundamentals, it's unlikely that you'll need advanced tactics - other than for very specific goals or short-term periods.
Re-read that sentence. It's the dirtiest secret of the diet industry and the call to arms of a generation of my fellow coaches, nutritionists and RD's.
I finally asked myself...
"If I were to create program that downloaded EVERYTHING a human needed to be successful in their health, what would it look like?"
Nutritionally, it's this:
STEP 1. SYSTEMS
What does this person need to do in order for food to be readily available? This involves their planning, acquiring and preparation systems. The food itself doesn't matter if you can't get it on a plate consistently
STEP 2. PORTIONS
Is this person consuming adequate amounts of protein, carb, fat, fiber and micronutrients? They need to establish a baseline before any specific goal is tackled
STEP 3. EFFICIENCY
Now that systems and portions are in place, how can they get more efficient and save more time? What can be automated?
STEP 4. TRACKING
Once a baseline has been established and things are feeling more automated, let's get an eye on the data. Tracking should provide insight into their intake, i.e. what is the lowest hanging fruit? Protein? Fiber? Overall intake? Once the data is analyzed it should result in updated systems
STEP 5. MAINTAIN
Each of these steps is crucial to laying a foundation for any goal you may have - fat loss, muscle gain, simple consistency. You can save yourself SO MUCH time, frustration and money by following this order.