There is no “quick fix” for lasting weight loss. Yes, it’s likely you already know that, but some influencers and advertisements will do their best to convince you otherwise. Here are 4 red flags that a diet/exercise program does not have your best interest in mind:
- If they are making a large claim such as, “no one should eat gluten” or “sugar causes cancer”. Unless they cite peer-reviewed research to back up these claims, they are likely false and use extremism to get your attention.
- If they are trying to sell you something. It should not cost you hundreds of dollars to get access to a weight loss program that is created by someone who is uncredentialled. Some influencers may take advantage of those who are in a vulnerable place.
- If it involves special shakes, juices, or meal bars. Quality nutrition and daily energy require eating real food and an adequate amount of calories.
- If there are strict rules as to what you “can” and “cannot” eat. There is a reason why the USDA, CDC, and AND (American Nutrition and Dietetics association) publish the recommendation to eat all food groups. Eliminating an entire food group can cause vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Those who are on a special diet such as keto, gluten-free, dairy-free, etc. will benefit from seeing a registered dietitian to ensure they are consuming proper nutrition.
- The promoter does not hold reputable credentials. Note: In most states, there are no statutes preventing someone from calling themselves a “nutritionist”. However, only those who have completed the proper education, training, and examinations can be deemed a Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). RDs and RDNs are the same, it is just the personal preference of the provider as to how they list their credential.
REPEAT AFTER ME:
“Fad diets are not a solution for long term health.”
“Nutrition is a science, not an opinion.”
“My size does not define who I am, what I’m capable of, or why I am loved by the people in my life.”