A “Blogmas” Post
My favorite Facebook group swelled by over two THOUSAND members after Thanksgiving. That’s a lot of people starting keto, even if it’s dirty, lazy keto. There’s a real need for guidance and support for newbies, so here’s my “blogmas” list for “how to get started.”
The Diet Doctor
The Diet Doctor is probably the best all-around website on low-carb dieting of all kinds. Run by Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt and team of over forty, it provides some great advice and help for getting started and for maintaining a low-carb lifestyle.
If books are not your “thing” and you prefer getting your knowledge via video, there is an entirely optional “membership” plan, with a free one month trial, that will give you a sound education on keto from a physician. It’s not a substitute for actually talking to your doctor. If you have serious medical issues such as insulin-dependent diabetes, talking to your actual doctor is a MUST–and this website explains who really needs to talk to their doctor (and who probably doesn’t need to do this).
I have never tried the paid membership option. I DO turn to this site (as I have for many years) for its very large recipe file and clear, helpful (and free) knowledge resources. The entire site is also available in Spanish and Swedish.
Even in its free version, this website is probably as good or better than any book out there on low-carb. The membership version is less than $9 US a month–with the first month free.
Mark’s Daily Apple
Mark’s Daily Apple is another well-known site, quite commercial but with customer-centered principles. Mark Sisson’s book, The Primal Blueprint came out around the time I first got seriously interested in low-carb –around 2011. He began with the “paleo hypothesis” — the notion that human beings were are not genetically programmed by evolution to consume the current junk food diet. A diet more like what we ate in our early evolutionary history would be “better” for us.
I’m a card-carrying anthropologist. Doctorate and everything. And I can tell you that humans have continued to evolve after the paleolithic. This evolution is precisely why some people can eat dairy with no ill effects– and other people can’t. The next problem? The food we eat — those species–have been changing all this time, too. (We’ve had an active hand in changing them.) Our genes have changed–our food’s genes have changed. Still, the notion of “ancestral eating styles” has tremendous merit. The manufactured diet that we’ve been eating since the 1970s has clearly caused this obesity and diabetes epidemic.
Still, I am a paleo fan and at one point, went full-on paleo. Great food. Great health. But it is not necessarily a weight-lowering diet. Even Sisson eventually altered his point of view, gradually embracing keto (and combining it with the paleo precepts.) Sisson’s site has some great resources for starting keto. He’s got yet-another-book out, The Keto Reset Diet, that I plan to review as part of my Blogmas postings.
Dirty, Lazy Keto
Dirty, Lazy Keto totally deserves a plug. While Ms. Laska is not in the same league as Diet Doctor and Primal Blueprint, her emotionally supportive, permissive style of keto is bringing many people great results. I once wrote that I didn’t think her book was worth the price (I thought it should be cheaper, but a great resource). I hereby eat my words. Sitting in the Facebook group, chatting with the folks there and how that book changed their lives, I think it’s totally worth it. Here’s a link to the book on Amazon. You’re very welcome. Laska is not going to provide you with the sound medical advice of the Diet Doctor or the full-on hoorah of Sisson’s rock-star writing style and in-depth research, but she speaks from the heart.
Laska’s approach is simple: just count carbs, don’t worry about the other “macros” (proteins, fats). Other approaches have specific metrics and people have apps that count their “macros” to get their diets tuned to whatever their approach deems to be “perfect” for weight loss. She also doesn’t see anything wrong with artificial sweeteners, diet soda or other taboos, in moderation. Yes, people lose weight on this — many of them, lots of weight. She doesn’t even make people count the carbs in leafy greens and other non-starchy vegetables–making this by far the simplest (and most sane) approach to changing one’s way of eating. She lost 140 lbs this way. Others in the group report impressive results.
If you’re tired of the harping of the religious nuts in the keto (and paleo) communities, if you want gentle encouragement and big yays for your victories, come hang with the dirty, lazy keto people on Facebook.
More soon and happy Blogmas! ~Lola