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Today I’m here to tell you that the Nutrition world is full of crap.
Back when I was in grad school, I took a mandatory class on recent nutrition trends. We poured through research on dietary approaches to common diseases and disorders such as diabetes, obesity and kidney disease, to name a few. While there are some diets, such as gluten-free for Celiac Disease, that are completely evidence-based, many other diets have no real concrete evidence of their efficacy.
There is nowhere more evident of this then when it comes to weight-loss. I did my end-of-semester research report comparing the Mediterranean diet, Standard American diet and a low-fat diet. It was truly overwhelming to see the data on these 3 diets, because depending on the research all 3 seemed to work in some way (although the Mediterranean seemed to be the winner for both diabetes and keeping weight off).
Every month thousands of self-proclaimed nutrition experts come out with books that promise you they’ve have the secret to weight-loss. You’ve got Paleo, Vegan, Skinny Bitch, Atkins, South Beach, Fasting Diet and that’s just a tiny, little tip of the iceberg.
The truth is, you will always hear about a new diet, and people will swear by each and every single one of them, different as they are. You’ll hear one friend say her ass has never looked better, and another say it’s never been fatter. You’ll have a group of people that form a Facebook group dedicated to the diet and seem to want to rip the (fatty) heart out of anyone who talks badly about it. Maybe they’re just hungry and angry.
Why is there so much confusion? Because no one in the nutrition world has a freakin’ clue as to why Americans are so fat and continue to be fatter. That’s the truth. We can blame decreased physical activity and increased processed foods, which no doubt contributes, but that’s not the whole picture. There is NO diet prescription other than to increase whole, real food and get rid of the food industries wet dream of you grabbing food that you can eat in minutes.
That’s the basis of most diets and that’s why THEY ALL WORK. Yes, they all work. But they don’t all work for everyone, because everyone is different. It’s my sole belief the some patients do better with a 40% carbohydrate diet, while others thrive off of a 60% carb diet. Some people can have a recommendation of one slice of dessert and that will satisfy their sweet tooth, while others cannot even look at chocolate or they will go into a binge frenzy.
The world of Nutritionists, Dietitians, Doctors, Chiropractors, and anyone else adding weight-loss to their practice, hasn’t figured out yet that everyone is different. I was introduced to this theory while attending the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, and it’s a principle that has really stuck with me and helped me help my patients.
The core of my brand, Forever F.I.T. stands for “Focus with Intention and Transform”, because it’s you that will find which diet works best. When really commit to getting healthier, a strange thing happens; you get healthier.
“But where do I begin and what the hell am I supposed to eat?” is usually what I hear from patients. Well, this is why working one-on-one with someone is so important! You find what works for you, while getting some tough love on the bad habits you’ve been doing, and you get food education so you can begin to change your lifestyle. Working with an educated professional, and not someone who is a self-acclaimed nutrition “expert”, will really help you find your balance.
Stop falling for nutrition gimmicks, just get focused and be true to yourself about your level of commitment. Then come see me