Nutritional Winning Solutions By Ignoring Research

pseudoscientific_methodJust finished reading a study that was published in Cell Metabolism on August 13, 2015 entitled, “Low-Fat May Beat Low-Carb Diet For Trimming Body Fat. This study was based on 19 individuals over one month. This is absolutely ridiculous. This, however, is considered peer review credible research.

Susan Roberts, professor of nutrition and psychiatry, and senior scientist and director of the Energy Metabolism Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston stated the following.

“The whole question of whether low-carb diets are helpful for weight or not is a toxic swamp of commercial interests and bad science, and this new study is finally providing some sanity.”

This is a prime example why the public is so confused. This professor that claims to offer “reality” based on 19 people over a 1 month study is preposterous. This has motivated me to share my FICTITIOUS Ultimate Nutrition Plan. My  unsubstantiated, unproven, yet uncontroversial plan that is guaranteed to improve one’s health. Here is the plan:

  1. Eat 6-9 servings per day of assorted organic vegetables

  2. Eat 2-3 servings of varying colored organic fruits (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, apples etc…)

  3. Eat organic free range quality meats for healthy sources of protein and or plant based organic proteins. Include protein in each meal.

  4. Avoid (as much as possible) processed foods, dyes, trans fats, and additives.

  5. Include healthy sources of fat including avocado, walnuts, pecans, pistachio nuts, cold pressed extra virgin olive oil, organic coconut oil (in small amounts.)

  6. Minimize or avoid altogether starchy carbohydrates especially those that are processed. Sweet potatoes and quinoa can be used in their place.

This is known as the Dr. Jonathan N Colter’s FICTITIOUS Nutrition Diet Plan guaranteed to improve your current nutritional health. If you follow this plan along with exercise, drink water, sleep adequately, and reduce your stress you will be in the top 1% of the population. How realistic is my suggestion? It’s not. It’s just as foolish as the Tuft professor’s comment, “this new study is finally providing some sanity.”

The real solution is based on a lifestyle you are capable of maintaining forever. We may have the same anatomy and physiology, but we are all very different. Each of us needs to create a plan that works for us. Finding the balance between healthy and unhealthy is measurable.

  1. If your lifestyle creates the need for pharmaceutical drugs, you are living an unhealthy lifestyle.

  2. If your lifestyles places you in the path to likely need pharmaceutical drugs in the future, you are living an unhealthy lifestyle.

The six items mentioned above in my “health plan”, are all good quality foods. I do not know of a physician that would look at these choices and disagree with them. Therefore, these items are a good starting place (the food choices do not have to be organic, but is preferable.) Teach yourself and become creative to keep the food choices interesting. It’s not that complicated. We physicians just have an inferiority complex and need to feel important and special. If we confuse you enough, you will feel helpless and rely on our judgement. This is my attempt to debunk this outcome. I want you to rely on yourself. You will achieve better results and feel better in the process. (Talk about empowerment!!)

Research in the field of nutrition has never had good quality conclusive findings proving any specific diet plan capable of satisfying everyone’s needs. I am saying that Dr. Jonathan N Colter’s FICTITIOUS Nutrition Plan simply uses common sense and realistic portion sizes. People generally know what to do. Implementing what they know becomes the challenge. Forget all the research in nutrition. Start using common sense and do the right thing for yourself. We can achieve anything we believe is important enough. The question becomes, how much value do you place on your health? Finally, don’t base your health on symptoms or the lack of symptoms. If you don’t provide your body what it needs, the question becomes, “WHEN” will it break down and become diseased, not,WILL” it break down and become diseased.

Now go have a tall glass of water and think about the changes you are going to start with TOMORROW!

Here’s To SUCCESS!!

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12 comments

  1. Bridgette's Digits 🔛 An Epic Weight Loss Journey · · Reply

    Good… and practical advice 2 live by. ~brïdgêtté

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    1. Thank you Bridgette. I hope this advice will help you on your epic weight loss journey.

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      1. Bridgette's Digits 🔛 An Epic Weight Loss Journey · · Reply

        You just had 2 use the word “epic” didn’t you ➖ LOL 😂 …and yes it was very informative. Good read.
        ~brïdgêtté

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  2. Howto$tuffYourPig · · Reply

    They had this study in the news. I do respond well to a low-fat diet. Every time I eat healthy fats, my trainer would notice the weight coming back. I agree with your opinion on how studies are interpreted incorrectly, but in my case a low-fat diet is very effective. I love your diet advice and continue to learn more about eating healthier from you! ☺

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    1. Glad to hear you find the nutritional information beneficial. You have achieved one of the important parts in creating a nutrition plan. You have found that a lower fat plan works best for you. This is exactly what I mean when I suggest people find a plan that they are comfortable with and can maintain forever. This doesn’t mean you can’t have a night of pizza and ice cream. It means that your primary nutrition plan is healthy (and in your case, lower in fat.) This is something most people can achieve. Until people place higher value on their quality of life, satisfying the palate will dictate their choices.
      I hope you had good results from the 8 week challenge!

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  3. Love the flow chart! I’m adapting that FICTITIOUS diet of yours as my own. Sounds yummy to me.

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  4. Fantastic blog – I think you need to peer review your diet and publish! You will love Ben Goldacre’s book Bad science! Sorry not been following you much lately as have been so busy – but after my challenge I intend to read every post and re-blog as much as possible!

    Keep up with the good work.

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    1. You stay focused on your charity ride and your family. We will have time to communicate afterward. I want to congratulate you for all your fundraising efforts and for being a part of the solution to battling cancer. Your concern for your fellow man is genuine and heartwarming.

      I look forward to reading the book you suggested. Thank you.

      Best in health and happiness.

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  5. Studying 19 subjects for 1 month could provide preliminary data for designing (and then seeking funding for) a serious study. But enough data for a published paper? Somebody needs to get real.

    The flowchart is eloquent: so funny; so sad; so true.

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    1. Great reply. I agree with your sentiments. Research in healthcare is commonly done backwards. A conclusion is established; a study is then designed to achieve the desired outcome. We call this scientific research. We leave it up to the manufacturer’s honesty and integrity to report their results. Similar to leaving it up to Hillary Clinton to decide what emails should be turned over to congress for review. Wonder if anyone else questions the checks and balances in these situations?

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  6. pixieannie · · Reply

    That’s my diet. Actually, I hate that word as it sounds as if I’m following a short term plan with a long term goal in mind. I eat that way because it works for me. After years of problems with my gut, it’s the only thing that seems to not cause grief and havoc. I eat around 5 or 6 meals a day and always ensure that I’m not running on empty. Protein at every meal works really well for me. Great post.

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. Since each of us have unique needs to maximize health and function it just makes sense to customize a nutritional program based on these needs. Glad to see you found a program that works well for you. Don’t ever hesitate to shout my way in the future if you need any additional opinions.

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