Qualifying Nutrition Advice

It seems to be human nature to want to tell people how YOU do things. Which can be great when it’s a personal experience you’ve overcome during a similar situation in the past. But why is it necessary to share when you haven’t been successful?

Or when you’re still struggling yourself!?

Although I see this with many topics and across a variety of industries, it appears to be most prevalent in nutrition. Perhaps it’s because we all have to eat, so everyone has experience with food?

Either way, it’s unwarranted in most cases. Not only because the majority of the general population has a limited knowledge of nutrition, but because most simply regurgitate the information they hear in commercials:

“Margarine has 80% less saturated fat than butter.”

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“Cheerios help lower cholesterol.”

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Information that’s designed to make you consume the product being advertised, or tell your friends to do the same; whether it’s best for your health and body composition or not.

“…more than anything else, we get information from advertising. The average American sees three thousand ads a day.” Barry Schwartz

We should be qualifying nutrition advice the same way we qualify other goods and services. By asking ourselves where it came from and deciding whether or not it’s credible.

Generally speaking, if it came from a Fructose-Filled yogurt commercial, or your friend with the physique of a limp noodle, it’s probably not.

No matter how confident or convincing it sounds.

Stay Lean!

Coach Mike


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