Who do you believe?
One of my biggest frustrations with this whole weight loss journey is trying to figure out what is considered healthy. This happens in many areas. On one hand, you hear that the Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem, Mediterranean, etc. Diets are fantastic for weight loss. But then on the other hand you hear, "Stay away from fad diets!" Do you know exactly what a fad diet is? How do you know if a diet is a fad diet?
Likewise, you hear the recommendation to drink 8 cups of water per day. But then you hear that this is a myth and that you don't actually need to drink that much water. In fact, one video I watched recently even tried to say that this was a dangerous practice. So then how do you know how much water you are supposed to drink?
Typically, I try to stick to what the studies have shown. But then there are problems there as well. For example, I was recently looking into going on the Keto Diet. The reason I chose the Keto Diet was because studies have shown that it is an effective diet for PCOS, which I have. Also, studies have shown it is an effective treatment for epilepsy in children, which my son has. So when I sat down to start planning out meals, I came across a website that said the Keto Diet is dangerous. After reading a little further, I ended up too scared to get started on it.
There is so much information out there on the internet, how do you know what is true and what is false? Personally, that's why I try to stick to the studies. Everybody has their own opinions and what may work for me may not work for you. My opinion does not qualify me as a medical professional or nutritionist and I know that this is the case for other bloggers. Therefore, I try to stick to the studies. But the trouble comes in when I find contradicting studies, like the Keto studies.
So what do I do when I come across contradicting studies?
Well, as far as my personal life and what I do for my own health, I will read all studies that I can find and try to find the differentiating factors. Let's use the Keto Diet for example, I will looks at all of the studies. I will make note of any specific differences between the studies. When it comes to the dangers listed in the studies, I will research why they were dangerous. Were there undocumented liver problems in the test subjects, for example? What was different with the test subjects in the dangerous study? And then I will compare them to myself. Do I have those same issues? Which study is a closer match to my specific situation? That's what I look for. Most importantly, I take my results to my personal physician and we discuss my findings and what that medical professional would recommend based on what I found and what they know of my health.
I strongly advocate that you build this kind of relationship with your Primary Care Physician. You want to be able to discuss all issues with them and get a solid answer of what they would recommend. Using the Keto example, if my doctor and I decide to go ahead and try this diet, we will then set up a schedule to monitor the areas that were found dangerous in the studies. If it was liver failure, for example, then we will monitor my liver to determine if it is struggling due to the diet. That way, I can discontinue that diet once adverse reactions are discovered. The roadrunner wants to be healthy, not cause other problems.
Which information do I give you?
Another area I struggle with is the information that I'm providing to you. I want to make sure that I am giving you valid, honest information that I found in my research. I am not making any specific recommendations to you for you to make changes in your own life. I am letting you know what information I have found and what changes I am making to my own life. And then I will let you know what worked and what didn't. But I am not a doctor and I cannot make medical or nutritional recommendations to you because I don't know your specific history. I don't know your medical history. I don't know how your body responds to different changes.
Therefore, in my articles on this website, I will provide you with information from the studies that I've found as well as links to the studies so that you can read them yourself. It is with that information that I encourage you to make decisions that you think will best benefit you. The idea is to make educated decisions as to what will work for you and to consult your doctor to confirm those decisions as well as monitor changes to your body. You don't want to do anything that will have negative results in the long run.
So my promise to you is that I will provide the most accurate information I have been able to find and my understanding of that information. I will provide the links to the studies, my own decisions, and my own observations for how they impact my life and my health.
The idea is to forget skinny and be a healthy and fit badass, not cause more problems. Do what you think is best for you.