Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Keto Krumbs -- My Advice

When I posted my keto diet comment on Facebook (bemoaning the fact I was not losing weight), I was looking more for sympathy than advice. But I got lots of advice (and sympathy, too).

I didn't need advice as I'm under the care of both a registered dietitian and my family doctor. but I did appreciate the fact that my friends cared.  Obviously, I'm not the only one battling a weight problem.

There is  lot of information, misinformation and sponsored 'information' out there on the keto diet and all the derivatives thereof (high fat & low/no carb, high protein & low carb, fasting & low carb, intermittent fasting, low cal & high fat).  In fact, there is a lot of misinformation on all things dietary.

There is actually surprisingly little non-biased, evidence-based dietary advice available to anyone, my doctor and dietitian included. This in a world where weight loss is a multi-billion dollar industry and has been for decades. It's my suspicion that those industry dollars sponsor a lot of the questionable 'information' and 'research' out there.

My dietitian provided me some trusted links to the little available truly scientific evidence on the keto diet as well as links to some of the research behind Canada's most recent food guide.

I thank my friends for caring but that advice? Let's put it this way, I know firsthand how easy it is to get people to believe whatever one posts online, whether it be a blog, a Facebook page, a forum, Twitter--YouTube. Even though I clearly identify myself as a science fiction author, I get an amazing amount of positive online feedback when I answer questions about, or pontificate on quantum physics. People, I'm not a scientist. I do not have a degree in science--or in anything. I suck at math--I use my fingers to count.

People are overly ready to grant "Expert" status to anyone who is able to string together the proper buzz words. Throw tachyon, wave function, spin and entanglement in, and anything I say must be legitimate, right?

This propensity to want to believe what one reads hopefully causes no harm in the realm of  multi-universes and Schrodinger's Cat, but when it comes to one's health--ask a professional what sites can be relied on for accurate info.

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