by Wiley Brooks

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In 2014, I changed the way I eat. I adopted a Ketogenic diet. What that means is that I eat few carbs. The typical American eats about 300 grams of carbs a day. I eat anywhere from 20 to 40 most days.

Going Keto quickly changed my waistline and my health. I started dropping weight at a clip that boggled my mind. I’d been chubby or downright fat all of my teen and adult life. In six months, I had dropped more than 60 pounds. And as great as that was, I was able to stop taking statins and blood pressure meds shortly thereafter.

In the years since, I’ve lost a few more pounds. I also added muscle when I worked some simple resistance training into my gym time. This past week, I bought myself  a size 32-inch waist pair of pants. The last time I fit into a 32” waist, I was in the 7th grade. When I started Keto, I wore a 40″ waist.

But this is a blog about writing and word choices, not about diets. So let me connect the two.

I spend time every day reading Keto blogs and following Keto groups on Facebook. And my blood pressure spikes every single day because some nitwit uses the word “loose” for “lose.” It has become my pet peeve. Drives me straight up the wall! I want to fire off a comment every time I see it to tell the writer just how stupid they look. I don’t, of course. I’m a nice guy and these are mostly strangers.

I chalk up this use of wrong words to 2 things:

(1) spellchecker, and
(2) laziness.

If spellchecker doesn’t catch it, it must be right, right? No. Not right! All spellchecker does is tell you if you spelled the word you used correctly. Nothing on if it were the right word.

Laziness? Too many people write something then fail to take the time to review and revise it. They either don’t know or don’t care that using the wrong word reveals that they’re not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

When you write anything, you should think of it as your first draft. Yes, even a Facebook comment. Take a moment to read it out loud. Listen to the words. Maybe if people were to do that, they’d hear the word “loose” instead of “lose.”

So, when you LOSE weight, your pants become LOOSE. More to the point, when you use the wrong word, you lose credibility.