If there’s one thing I’ve learned since I rebooted and got back on track (yes, I’ve lost the weight I gained and am holding steady for the moment), it’s I don’t owe you or anybody an explanation about my way of eating. What I have not learned, and is quickly becoming a new goal for me, is to stop taking the bait. People have been kind for the most part (I’ve gotten a lot of “Wow! You look fantastic!”). I’ve also gotten a lot of the following, after responding to the question, “How’d you do it?”
- “You’re going to kill yourself on that crazy diet.”
- “Fasting? You fast every day? That can’t be good for you!”
- “The ONLY true way to lose weight is calorie restriction.”
- “I read an article that the Keto diet shortens your life.” (of course, these so-called studies are based on self-report food surveys – yeah, real scientific)
- “All that fat is going to kill you.”
All of this is after I said I have steadily lost weight on 2,000 to 2,200 calories a day when every “diet” on the planet says I need to eat between 1200-1400 calories to effectively lose weight – and, clearly, starve myself). I have the best numbers possible for glucose, HbA1C, and cholesterol. I have zero inflammation (my gums no longer bleed!). I sleep better. I have no more acid reflux. I’ve had my blood pressure meds reduced and expect them to be reduced again at my annual physical in February. And I have more energy that I’ve ever had.
Yup. I’m killing myself.
Now, all of these admonishments come from people who have zero medical background and get their nutrition information from USA Today and other garbage media and believe, without even once questioning it, the so-called “science” of the popular media. Like the “Keto shortens your life” garbage science. Who in their right mind thinks any claims from research based on self-report food surveys has any scientific value at all? Seriously?
But I’m done. I’m done “educating.” I am proud of my N of 1 research project. I now know exactly what food affects me and how. I know what will and won’t spike my blood sugar. I know exactly what I need to do to lose more weight. I know how to maintain where I’m at.
I listened to Dr. Fung on the Low Carb MD podcast this morning and he said something that made me chuckle. The CICO (calories in/calories out) advocates are idiots. When they tell him, “But it’s all about the number of calories you eat and burn” and he responds, “Ok. Then go for zero calories (aka fast).” Suddenly, these people are all flustered, “Oh no! You can’t do that. That’s unhealthy!”
So. I don’t have to defend my choices and you are in no way going to convince me that what I’m doing is wrong or unhealthy. But next time you tell someone who does Keto/Low-carb your opinion based in nonsense science, take a look at yourself first. Do you have type 2 diabetes? Do you have fatty liver? Is 80% of the food on your plate carbs?” If you answer yes to any one of these, keep your “advice” to yourself. Please.
One last thing. I was talking about how I put on close to 10lbs after I broke my wrist this summer. Not because I went back to sugar and carbs. I did not. But I did add a few not-so-great carbs to my diet – namely popcorn and the occasional (no more than once a week) sweet potato. When I said sweet potato, these all-knowing citizen scientists said, “Oh. Sweet potatoes. That’ll do it.” Seriously? Do you even hear yourself? Why are people so ready to tell you that what you are doing is wrong? I would never presume to tell anyone they had to eat like me. I will gladly bend your ear for as long as you’ll let me if you’re interested, but you eat what you eat. We’ll see who lives longer. 🙂