This is odd because health and nutrition are tied together. What you eat has a direct effect on the state of your health. But doctors are not trained in nutrition. They’re like the police. They’re trained in what to do after something bad happens but may be less effective in the prevention of those same bad happenings. Ignorance of nutrition falls on us all. I had no idea, however, that doctors really don’t receive any training in nutrition.
But the curiosity about nutrition that physicians share with the general public does not equate to clinical competence. In a 2018 survey,6 61% of internal medicine residents reported having little or no training in nutrition.6 Physician inattention to nutrition is not only a function of insufficient training, but also of physicians’ own health and dietary practices. A 2012 study7 demonstrated that physicians were less likely to record an obesity diagnosis (7% vs 93%; P < .001) when their own body weight was higher than their estimate of the patient’s weight.
When looking at what most people eat on the Keto Diet we always see a little too much of the same things. Most people are consuming a lot of bacon, eggs, steak, and butter. And I love all those things too but variety in your diet is always a good thing. Too much of any one thing most of the time leads to trouble.
Since I’m half Korean and married to a Filipina I’ve been exposed to all kinds of different foods that are keto friendly but not part of the typical Keto Diet repertoire. Look to other ethnicities for interesting combinations to get out of the steak, egg, and bacon rut.
While the jury is still out on its long-term benefits, the keto diet — which restricts carbs and promotes fats so your body starts relying primarily on fat for energy — has become a popular avenue to lose weight. However, considering that many fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes all contain enough carbohydrates to put you out of the fat-burning state of ketosis, it can be tough to plan your meals to make sure they’re keto-friendly while also allowing you to get the fiber, minerals, and vitamins you need to keep your body running healthfully. INSIDER talked to registered dietitian nutritionists about what a full day of healthy eating looks like on keto, and what you should take into consideration when planning your meals for the day.
There is no doubt that diets are not one size fits all. The most important thing is to pay attention to your body and how it reacts to your current diet and exercise. Also, if you think you’re having some difficulties, consult your doctor. Common sense always needs to prevail.