How many diets have you been sold, whether online or from a friend in a conversation? I would be willing to bet that you’ve been sold 10 different diets, and they are all different in some shape or form. But they all supposedly are backed by “scientific studies”.
I am really curious about these scientific studies. Are there organizations out there that are unselfishly worried about the human race and do scientific studies on our behalf to determine what we should eat, and what we shouldn’t?
You can make the case that schools do research to gain accolades for the university, so while the motive isn’t unselfish, I will listen to these studies because they are hopefully unbiased.
The studies that really worry me are the studies that aren’t put on by universities. A lot of times, we don’t know who performs the study, which is even more worrisome. Cereal manufacturers would be smart to perform studies to show the benefits of carbohydrates. They would also be smart to perform a study that shows the negative effects of eating eggs. Why is that? Because what are you eating for breakfast if you aren’t eating cereal? Eggs.
I really want to get you to start thinking in these terms. Not even just in the diet realm but in life in general. Who do you think benefits from this study the most? Since this article is a diet article, I’ll keep using diet examples.
Who do you think performed the study that showed that “fats make you fat”. My best guess is a large food company that creates food products that have a high carbohydrate content. The same could be said for the studies that show that carbohydrates make you fat. My guess is that the people who performed this study really want fats to be healthy because their business is much more profitable when this is the case.
The best piece of advice that I can give you if you want to lose weight is to use real data from your own case study. If a friend recommends a diet and you are trying to lose weight, give it a try. When giving it a try, make sure to track all of the relevant data. How much did you weigh at the beginning of the diet trial period? How much did you weight 7 days after? 14 days after? 30 days after? 30 days is a good trial period. You don’t want a diet that is going to let you lose 20 lbs in a week. These diets are unsustainable, unhealthy, and you are most likely just losing water weight.
When taking the data, make sure you are weighing yourself at the same time of day. I recommend right when you wake up. Also, don’t only measure your weight. Measure your body fat % if you can, as well as waist diameter. These will give you a much better idea of how the diet is going. You could not lose any weight because a particular diet promotes muscle gain, but you still lose a lot of body fat.