Let's think about this a minute before anyone else becomes enamored with this new trend I see surfacing.
Lately I've heard a lot of people talk about how they don't need to plan their workouts, they don't need to write a program, count macros, calories, eat at certain times, or a certain amount of meals etc...
SLOW DOWN. What is this? I can tell you that this is not for everyone. And even those who are doing this, how do you know you wouldn't have more success by NOT flying by the seat of your pants every day.
It sounds like people are really feeling all high and mighty about themselves... Boasting about how they've earned some kind of priveledged and enhanced Jedi state of mind that enables them to not keep track of anything and toss all plans and programs out the window because they think they are mature lifters. The believe they are so advanced in their ways that they are beyond the lesser experienced guy that still needs to write things down.
I can just hear the newbies now. You're feeding them excuses to fail.
Here are some rules of thumb I came up with. There are probably more.
The overweight fat guy should not seek a better body through instinct. His instinct got him to where he is currently.
The new lifter should not "do whatever he feels like"!
The serious bodybuilder who is cutting should not be 500 calories off of his diet estimations!
I can think of many times in my training history where I wished I would've planned ahead a little more.
VERY FEW people have the mental discipline and experience to be "insticintive" about there training and diet. Most serious lifters I know that have years of experience are still adhering to a general plan or template of some kind. Sure they tweak if here and there, but they pretty much know whate they're going to do the next day. In fact they think about it hours ahead of time and visualize the workout. This is how your become successful.
For 99% of you, the answer is not "instinct" or "cybernetic periodization" or whatever new hardcore term emerges from some anti-science old schooler. I'm not implying that Tate is anti-science, just think he went a little far with his examples and ignored the prevalent problem that most lifters have. His repackaged instinctive training idea is not the missing link for most of us.
There are very few of you out there who could afford to leave their fitness and training in the hands of the weak, fickle, human mind. The mind is easily fooled and persuaded off course. You stand a better chance for success if you have a goal, plan, workout, diet, written down. Something tangible that hits you in the face everyday. Something that sort of holds you accountable to what you know is best.
So before we all adopt the Napolean Dynamite "Whatever I feel like, gosh" Plan, let's just keep in mind the limitations of that plan and ourselves.