Mediterranean. Paleo. Atkin's. Low-carb/High-fat. Gluten-free.
Where the hell do you start?
Thankfully, your nutrition doesn't have to be as complex as switching to the new diet of the week. Drop the magazine that talks about the latest "superfood", or the newest and greatest detox juicing program known to man. As nice as all of this sounds, these are catchy marketing tactics to get your to splurge for a truly sub-par product.
Don't get me wrong, none of the diets that I mentioned above are by any means maleficent. There's no right answer to successful nutrition; many different paths lead to success. This is the beauty of having options, one-size does not fit all for nutrition. What works for me might not work for you. What works for you might not work for John Doe down the block. At the end of the day, the best route with nutrition is the one that's intelligently tinkered with through reasonable trial and error.
Now, pounding four beers at dinner as a post-workout carbohydrate source is not what I consider intelligent trial and error. I don't care if it says "Lite" on it. While perfection shouldn't be your goal, reasonable actions will take you closer to where you want to be and keep the process sustainable.
Want to follow a diet? Great, there's nothing wrong with that at all. The key to keeping dieting successful is finding ways to keep your process reasonable for long-term success. There are no shortcuts when it comes to dieting. That 14-day super shake program you just bought for $149 through Instagram is not the answer to losing weight. Success comes from addressing your current weaknesses and delegating steps of action to increase both your willpower and success.