“All I want is to teach the TRUTH about what works to achieve good health, and what doesn’t work.”
This is something I said to a client recently, while we were lamenting about all of the inaccurate information out there when it comes to nutrition, diets, and weight loss.
There’s a lot of confusion about how, when, and what we should eat.
Prior to going to school to get my nutrition education and certifications, I was a dieter, like most of the average dieters here in America.
I would read the latest diet books, news articles, and blogs about nutrition. In addition, I took the latest supplements, and would learn about the hottest nutrition trends. I did this because I figured it was “cutting edge.” Being knowledgeable on the latest science was important to me, so my family and I could live our healthiest life.
But then I went to school – and it was EYE OPENING. I learned the real essentials of nutrition.
And I learned the value of peer-reviewed science.
Peer review is a quality-control system that requires all new scientific discoveries or ideas be tested and scrutinized by other scientific experts in their field before they become widely accepted as fact.
Unfortunately, when it comes to nutrition and fad diets, many times we only hear about single-studies that have not been verified by peers in the field. This can make nutrition seem confusing, and like we hear conflicting information about what we should eat all the time.
This has also lead to a rise in pseudoscience.
It’s beliefs, (in this case beliefs about diet and nutrition practices), that are thought to be based on real science, but have not been proven to truly be effective and, at its worst, are sometimes unsafe nutrition practices.
I often say I’d have an easier time if I sold fad diets and meal plans based on pseudoscience instead of real science.
Because the latest trends are super sexy, exciting, and alluring. And sometimes the truly effective methods don’t sound as exciting.
But I won’t do it. Instead, I want to clear up the confusion about what works.
I want today’s message to start to wade through some of this inaccurate information, and start to EMPOWER you.
And share a quote with you….
“If you’re scientifically literate, the world looks very different to you, and that understanding empowers you.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson
So, with that said.. time to get empowered!
Here’s 2 facts to help you.
Human beings can (and should!) eat carbs for good health and weight loss. And many popular diets (such as Paleo and Keto) are not based on peer-reviewed science and hard-core facts. In fact, claims that cavemen didn’t eat grains (implying that we should not either – such as in the Paleo diet) have even been proven to be false by archeologists. (source: http://theplate.nationalgeographic.com/2015/09/11/ancient-oat-discovery-may-poke-more-holes-in-paleo-diet/)
Yes, it is true we should balance carbs with other nutrients (like protein, etc), this is especially important if you have diabetes, or another condition that makes you sensitive to carbohydrates. But the idea that you automatically must slash carbohydrates or you’ll gain weight is false.
And cutting carbs too much can be unsafe for some people.
We don’t need a detox to achieve good health or lose weight. While going on a detox may make you drop a few pounds temporarily (most due to water weight – or simply because the detox puts you in a calorie deficit), our liver and kidneys do an excellent job detoxing our bodies. Detoxes can be dangerous, often expensive, and are not backed by peer-reviewed science! Skip them.
MORE TO COME
These are just 2 areas in nutrition where pseudoscience is confusing people. I plan to share many more in upcoming emails, so you can be empowered and make the best choices for your health – based on facts!
Let me know your thoughts on this topic, or if you have a question about a nutrition strategy you think may be based on pseudoscience.