Smart people and dieting

My good friend Doug is a smart guy.  He's a family man with a well compensated job.  I've known him since we were in high school, and he was a solid all-around athlete on the football, basketball and baseball teams.  Over the years he's put on weight, drank a good deal of beer and had his knee replaced.  Now in his mid-fifties, at his heaviest weight, he knew had to change.  Listening to the sports radio talking heads during his morning commute he heard about this "revolutionary" diet plan.  Coincidentally, his wife heard the same pitch on her radio station -- they agreed and  they signed up for the plan.  Long story, short -- it's a ketogenic diet, with carbs almost all gone.  They snack on high processed chips, drink broth for lunch and have a "normal" (i.e. healthy, portion controlled) evening meal.  Guess what? They lost weight!  He's down nearly 35 pounds, she's down at least 15.  That's great. Right? Well, we can discuss the pros/cons of the ketogenic diet at length another time.  I just saw Doug, he looked noticeable leaner, and I asked him a few questions about his diet:  What's the total calorie count allotted for the day? What's the breakdown of your macronutrients?  And, most importantly, what's the long term plan when you go off the diet?  Doug didn't have the answers.  How can someone be such a smart guy and not know what this is doing to his body?  Not a criticism, really, there are a lot of smart people that don't have a clue on the basics of nutrition and resort to some fairly drastic measures that are impacting their life.  Here's the point: Before you embark on any diet plan, know the fundamentals of nutrition and have a long-term, sustainable plan in mind that encompasses a healthy lifestyle. Let me know if you have any questions.

Chris Clough