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Medically Supervised Diets

The modern day diet is perplexing. On the one hand, we have many nutrient-rich options. Yet, we don’t?

It may seem like we are reversing the obesity epidemic. With all the lifestyle imagery on Instagram, you’d think we were the prettiest, slimmest, and possibly healthiest generation yet. Green and purple and orange smoothies WITH pulp. Yes, we have finally learned that “juicing” rids the drink of most fibrous material in the plant so we’re back to reincorporating the pulp, or “meat” of fruits and vegetables. We are not only talking about sufficient intake of vitamins and minerals, but also absorbency rates, toxicity, and common contaminants in manufacturing or processing, topics once discussed only by food scientists, nutritionists, and maybe bioengineers. In certain segments of the population, it is not uncommon to hear well-informed opinions on food matters, but two key terms are “segment” and “opinion”. Unfortunately, some of these opinions are circulated so vigorously that they churn into fact. And once formed, this fact is not as easy to separate as fat from milk.

So let us focus on those two terms, “segment” and “opinion”. Firstly, most nutrition advice out there is somewhere on the spectrum between friendly advice and i-binge-read-health-articles-and-twitter-and-have-zero-scientific-training-but-listen-to-me-anyway; in other words, innocuous opinion and dangerously misinformed facts presented with a religious zeal.

To a certain degree, I sympathize with the general audience. How ARE you supposed to trust the scientific community when one year they posit that tomatoes cause cancer, and the next, they cure cancer. When you are redirected to something close to fact, all you hear is contradicting information. But, please keep in mind that these are only headline fodder and no self-respecting researcher would ever utter a statement so absolute as “Tomatoes Cause Cancer”. In fact, Biology has very few absolutes. Our cells are extremely dynamic and so is our entire environment. This may be where modern-day health anxieties creep up- we can not control everything that happens inside or outside our bodies. Maybe it is because we are slowly figuring out how messy and fragile we are, that we want a rigorous regimen to save and protect. But really, all you are “detoxing” is your own anxiety.

Fun, fad diets can be insta-worthy (connecting you to a wider social community with approval) and make you feel like part of something larger than yourself (filling a personal or religious void). Because obese individuals are ostracized in our society and have a less than average social approval, it may seem especially attractive for them to jump on the bandwagon. Of course, this applies to anyone with a sense of rejection. According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, they are missing a sense of belonging, love, and esteem. Without these basic needs being met, they will struggle to grow as an individual. Is weight loss the ONLY way to have these needs met. Absolutely not. However, if that is the individual’s choice, the medical community should provide a safe, effective, non-fad course of action. This is where medical weight-loss protocols come into play.

At Bloom, we use an evidence-based, physician designed fat loss protocol. This is a protocol with a beginning and an end. The weight loss and nutritional education are meant to be sustained forever, NOT the “diet” component. Ideal Protein DOES utilize supplemental protein products, but this is also a transient component of the protocol. Many diets can be used to achieve a healthy weight. This is true. Ideal Protein does it in a very structured way with fast results. All the meals are interchangeable, which makes it easy to follow and convenient; it really takes the guesswork out of meal prepping. It is also especially beneficial if you are struggling due to carb overload.

We encourage everyone to choose their own path to health. Whatever you choose, commit to it.