Because most of it does not work out as promoted. Be a smart "fan" and take advice from actual expert only.
"Eat Like Me And You Will Look Like Me"
Internet is no doubt a wonderland which allows you to connect to people and many types of information from all over the world. However, the internet has its problems. And the biggest beef with the internet as a registered dietitian is that it gives free rein to "wellness influencers." We don't mean registered dietitians or other medical professionals by wellness influencers who also happen to have big social media followers. What we want to address here is the multitude of people who have no real credentials for health or nutrition but have a lot to say about their health and the "best" way to live their lives.
A quick search on Google, Youtube or other social networks will give you an almost endless range of non-credential influencers endorsing everything from the keto diet to the OMAD diet (which stands for One Meal A Day and is a real thing). As statements from influencers, you're going to lose weight, avoid heart disease, and cure your diabetes if you just base your diet on one food (a potato for example). And more amazing, all work in ten days!?!
Be Smart When Taking Advice From Influencers
The unpleasant reality is that when it comes to health and wellbeing, there is no one-size-fits-all medication. We would still be different shapes and sizes, even if we all ate the same exact meal plan and did the same exercises every day. It's not easy to know who is worth trusting after all the misinformation online. Ask these four questions the next time you watch the video of an influencer with food or wellness tips before taking their suggestions to heart.
- Is this person a dietitian registered?
If not, it is doubtful that they will have the experience they need to provide information and guidance on customized, evidence-based food. Try limiting the amount of feedback you seek from them related to food.
- Is this person or forum promoting as the one and only holy grail a particular way of eating?
Or do they understand the suitability of a variety of eating patterns? If there's just one way, go to the highway.
- Do they provide evidence of arguments relating to food?
One way to tell if anybody's claims are based on actual science is to check for sources. I also find that influencers with no health history use primarily anecdotal evidence when making claims. Typically, anecdotal evidence is based on personal testimony rather than rigorous clinical trials and should not be taken as evidence of anything.
- Are they buying a bunch of items for which you have to pay?
To be safe, do you have to add 16 costly nutrients to your smoothie? If that is the case, fly. Of course, it is possible to provide completely free bogus nutritional information, just as credential experts can provide evidence-based nutritional information and also suggest you buy some things. So if someone on the internet says that you need those items to nail the whole thing about food, I would suggest heading in the other direction.
(Original post from SELF)