“One accurate measurement is worth more than a thousand expert opinions.”
– Grace Hopper
Hi. I’m Dave Korsunsky, the creator of Heads Up Health. When I went through my own health challenges back in 2012, I realized how important it is to have all of my medical records in one place. I also realized how incredibly painful it was to track down my medical history and keep this data alongside the data I was collecting on my own. Driven by this experience, I decided to build a product that could help others benefit from using health data in ways that I found helpful on my own journey.
When I set out to build an app to help people use data to improve their health, I’d never heard of the keto diet. I’d tried paleo and had some good results, but keto was foreign to me. Since that time I’ve been personally following a ketogenic diet for about a year and educating myself along the way with the help of communities like Ketovangelist and the myriad of experts in the field who share their knowledge through podcasts, videos, books and conferences.
I feel that with any major lifestyle change that pertains to our health, keto included, collecting our own data is an essential part of the process. As it turns out, keto is particularly data-driven and perhaps part of the reason why Heads Up Health has seen such a strong uptake among the keto community. Here are a few of my own reasons why I feel keto and data are truly BFFs.
- We are all data nerds
- Fine tune your approach
- Silence the naysayers
- Keto mastery
- Prepare for any situation
Whether we realize it or not, going keto means we will be using data to guide our progress. The first bits of data are the target macronutrients we establish based on our keto goals. Then we track our macros using whatever app we choose. Then we monitor our body to see if we are achieving our goals (weight loss, body fat, blood sugar, blood tests etc.). Finally, we tweak our macros and re-measure. And so the cycle goes. The entire process revolves around using data. Just admit it – you’re a data nerd and you love it.
I opened with Grace Hopper’s quote, “One accurate measurement is worth more than a thousand expert opinions,” for a reason – data is the key to meaningful results. Keto can be as simple or as sophisticated as we want it to be. There’s a ton of information out there and it can get overwhelming. There are also many different paths to success on keto.
There are a few reasons data is key to a personalized approach. First, data can help you cut through the noise and find what really works for you. Second, data can provide some hard numbers that can be shared with your health expert of choice if you need some help along the way. Finally, data can help you track your progress so you can look back and see just how far you’ve come on this journey.
Inevitably, there will always be naysayers who question your choice to follow a keto lifestyle. In these instances, I like to bust open my Heads Up Health profile, show them my pristine lipid panel numbers and the body composition numbers that are better than most people twenty years younger than I am. Then I drop the microphone and walk out of the room. Boom! Data.
Data can also be a tool toward keto mastery. A prime example is some of the incredible work by David Feldman over at cholesterolcode.com who hacked his own cholesterol through self-tracking and data collection. The power is now with the individual. We have access to the tools and technology to go beyond conventional approaches and push the edge on healing and optimal performance through our own n=1 experiments and sharing knowledge.
If you want to push the limits, please collect the data so we can learn from each other!
The reality is that as we move further down the keto path, we move further away from the approaches of conventional medicine. As a result, many of us can no longer rely on a “traditional” doctor who has all our health records in a nice and neat little folder that’s ready whenever we need it.
We are charting our course. We are freaks doing our own whacked out n=1 experiments. We run our own labs. We obtain most of our health information on Facebook. We fast for days – and we like it! Thus, we need to maintain our own health records so we can be prepared for any situation, including the emergencies.
I genuinely believe that if given the right tools, anyone can use data to transform their health. I see it every day amongst Heads Up Health users and across communities like Ketovangelist. The most rewarding part about building Heads Up Health and being part of the keto crowd is seeing others who are finding success. If you want to start collecting data on your journey to keto success, check out headsuphealth.com or contact me and I can help get you started.
Until then, keto on, friends.