I have always had an interest in the connection between diet, nutrition and health. As someone who has struggled with weight control and other less easily defined health issues for many years, I have long had a vested interest in becoming knowledgeable on the subject. Over the years, I have built up a vast library of information, and there always seems to be a pile of new books, papers and articles calling for my attention.
One important thing that I have come to realize is that there are two types of information as far as the connection between nutrition, diet and health is concerned. The first is information that ignores the latest scientific understanding of diet and nutrition. This type of information is sadly often found in newspapers, magazines, diet books and even official healthy eating advice. These myths continue to be repeated because they are the widely accepted truth, even when new scientific evidence shows them to be based on flimsy science at best.
The second type of information is found in books and papers in medical journals written by doctors, nutritionists, biochemists, researchers and other professionals who have taken a special interest in learning the truth about how the body handles food and its present-day environment. Often sidelined or even ridiculed by the mainstream medical profession on account of their new ideas, they have documented their research discoveries and their successes in treating their patients in new ways in the hope that one day soon we would understand and embrace their way of thinking. It is this second type of information that I have sought out in my research.
The subject of weight control has been particularly poorly served by the medical profession up until now. Losing some weight in the first instance isn't generally the problem. The problem comes when weight loss stops before the goal weight is reached – the dreaded 'diet plateau' – or when the weight keeps coming back, necessitating another diet and so on – the so-called yo-yo diet. Although those enlightened pioneers realized many years ago that there is more to weight control than reducing calories or fat, their knowledge has benefited only the few who have chanced to read their books and had the courage to follow their teachings in defiance of healthy eating advice. For the rest, advice to continue following the existing advice – despite its evident failure – has been the only official response to their problem.
Knowledge does exist to explain why some people have extreme difficulty in losing weight and keeping the weight off permanently. There is still more to learn, but so many people could benefit from knowing what is already known now. The problem is that very little of this information can be found in one place, and very little of this information is widely available to those who need it. My book "Why Can't I Lose Weight" attempts, in its own small way, to remedy that.