I happened to be going back through my newsreader (sorry Google, you can kill Reader, but you can’t stop my reading) and came across an article on KevinMD (a great site if you have any sort of passing interest in the current state of the medical… industry) called Don’t Waste Your Time Finding the Perfect Diet. Perfect. The post was written earlier this month by Dr. Barbara Berkeley, who is essentially an expert in metabolic disfunction, and her website is a great resource for anyone who wants to understand more about why so often our bodies don’t respond the way we expect to a certain diet or exercise framework (or more accurately, how we’re told they should). And this common (and I would say, to be expected) mismatch between how a diet should work and how it may or may not work for you is the point of her post:
While we can safely say that diet is important and a strong determinant of health, there is no one diet that has the corner on perfection. In fact, history shows that strict adherence to specific diets does not guarantee the avoidance of medical disaster, no matter how much one believes. Since this is so obviously true, we all need to be careful about those who claim to represent the one true path. Here’s my message: If you are looking for the one true diet, caveat emptor.
Read the article to see all sorts of examples of people who thought they had found or created the One True Diet: The cure for Disease [X] or the ultimate prevention against Disease [Y], only to eventually get sicker with X or succumb to Y.
What if the irony here is that these various diet founders and gurus did stumble across a fantastic dietary framework — one that was right for so many people — returning them to health and making them feel fantastic, but fatally missed the irony that it was the wrong one for them?
I harbor no illusion that at the end of my experiment that I’ll be any closer to finding something perfect for people with a given genetic variant. I harbor no illusion that I’ll be any closer to finding something perfect, diet-wise, even for just myself. But by the time I’m done, even if I find myself walking a well-worn path, it won’t be while nipping on the heels of a guru, and its truth will only be as self-evident as the extent to which it takes me where I need to go. And keeps my LDL particles low. And generally unfat. And maybe reveals an ab.
One step at a time.