Seeing as many of us are getting on a bit and have various health and weight issues I thought it might be useful to start a dedicated thread to keep us abreast of current developments in our understanding of Nutrition and how it effects our general Health. I also thought it could be somewhere we could record our progress with any weight loss program we may be on and perhaps receive some advice, tips and support . All nutritional advice given should include a link to the scientific or medical published source please as there is already enough quackery and bullshit on the net to sink a carrier. Todays factoid........ There are no essential Vitamins or Minerals contained in Carbohydrates (plant based foods). There is no Nutritional benefit from fibre in our diets . source :- I have added Max's inspiration story of his Keto jouney and astounding weight loss below In Jan 2018..my Dr informed me that my blood sugar #s were too high and that I was pre stage T2 Diabetic..My beginningng weight was 205 lbs on my 5'9" frame. She put me on Metformin..after just 1 week...I threw the remainder down the toilet. It made me so sick I couldnt eat anything plus a host of other symptoms...I was determined to do this myself without drugs.It took me until March of 2018 before I learned of the Ketogenic diet..Prior to this I had been just cutting back portion size and limiting my fast food habits..but still consuming lots of carbohydrates. March 2018 saw me begin in earnest on the Ketogenic diet.. My 1st order of business was to clean out my cupboard and pantry..I either threw stuff away or I gave it to my brother.. Then I started reading labels on foods...20 g limitation daily..cut out all sugars...so it has been 19 months from 205# to my current weight @140#. It took me a good 2 weeks to get my carbs down to the20g level and enter ketosis initially... The 1st real month in Ketosis saw me lose 20 lbs..right out the gate..I was amazed...i couldnt believe it..never have I succeeded in dieting before..I watched as ketosis just literally burned the pounds off of me..Every pound off only motivated me further. So it has been 19 months since I began this journey but in essence i had already reached my goal weight of 155lbs in about 12 months...the past 7 months my loss has slowed down because i have added some carbs back into my diet...but I continue to shed the pounds. I am just 12 lbs away from what I weighed in college over 40 yrs ago @ 128# and a lean mean running machine that I was at that time.. I feel great..my energy levels are normal where as before they weren't. I was sleeping alot during the day..that too has abated... Before..I couldnt stand for more than 2 mins my low back would become heavier the longer i tried to stand...That is gone too.. Now I can stand for hours with only mild soreness in my lower back. This is really easy to do..i know because I have done it..If I can do it anyone can...meaning YOU!!! ..It is my pleasure to share this with you all... Good luck and a little determination and you will succeed...That is my sincere wish for all that care to improve upon their health and well being... Footnote..I have accomplished this with MINIMAL EXERCISE since i have alot of arthritis ..any extreme exercise does more harm than good IMO..