I’ll let you in on the secrete of dieting. People worry and fuss and calculate and fret over the perfect place to start. The secrete is that the starting place is almost inconsequential. Being successful in a diet is all about continuous small adjustments. I could give you the absolute, to a T, perfect diet for your current state and goals and preferences right now and it wouldn’t make you successful because as you change (your goals, your stress, your age, your strength, your body comp, your weight) the perfect diet doesn’t stay perfect. In 2 weeks or a month you’ll need to make changes. Keep an eye on your strength, the mirror, the scale, your energy levels and make adjustments if those things are going the wrong way (keep in mind that you can’t pursue all goals at the same time). People fail because they want the simple list of things to do, but life doesn’t work that way. It takes consistent attention and thought. It’s not supper hard or complicated but it isn’t a one time decision.
My advice. Don’t go off the deep end with changing everything you are doing to make the perfect diet. Start where you are. Make a couple small changes in the direction that interests you and slowly figure out what works for you (where you are making progress, AND still enjoying your lifestyle). If you want low fat/high carb, start tweaking your meals by adding in a few more carbs and cutting out some of the fat. Want to try carb back loading? Keep eating all the same food you are, but start moving the carbs to the last meal of the day.
Picking the perfect everything day 1 is a lot like planning a trip to Disneyworld by spending hours using a compass minutely aiming your car in the precise direction of Orlando and then hitting the gas. You do need to know the general direction you’re heading, but you have to focus first on staying on the road. And remember, there are a million different ways to get there and some side roads might be worth the trip even if they aren’t the most efficient.