The Biggest Nutrition Red Flags On The Internet

Find out how to tell if the nutrition information you're consuming is true or genuinely helpful.

So you’ve found yourself doom scrolling on Insta or TikTok or you’ve fallen down a rabbit hole of articles about which food is the new miracle weight loss food. You may be bombarded with content and adds which start to all blur into one.

Do you ever think about how to tell fact from fiction or how you know that the information you’re absorbing is true or genuinely helpful.

Here are my thoughts on this and what, from a nutritionists point of view are the biggest Nutrition Red Flags on the internet...

Its too good to be true

I think most of us are aware of this one but as the saying goes, if it sounds too good to be true then it probably is. This can apply to weight loss ads or products claiming to “melt fat” or to eliminate or target specific areas such as stomach and thighs. Look out for words like “Miracle” “Fat busting”, “Melt fat fast” or “Instant lean”. You get the idea

2.  “What I eat I a day to lose body fat” AKA “Eat like me to look like me”

The what I eat in a day trend has taken social media by storm and its not all bad, for a lot of people its a way of showcasing different meal idea or examples of what they have been eating during a weight loss journey. However if this video starts with someone showing their abs, posing, or generally parading themselves about theres probably a slightly toxic undertone. The problem about these videos if they project an unspoken assumption that if you eat like someone you’ll look like someone. That is not the case.

3.  “The one ingredient that transformed my weight loss”

If something is pinning immense health improvement or weight loss impacts on one specific ingredient then it’s probably not backed by very robust science. We don’t eat foods, we eat diets. So including one item is never going to be the make or break of success. Nor can one specific food harmfully impact our health. Our diets overall, over time make the impact,

4.  My way or the high way

Anything person or business promoting that their way is the only way that you can achieve your goal probably isn’t a well researched or very viable. These types of messages are generally promoting behaviours that aren’t sustainable and can often fuelled by egos and are bad news for confidence and self esteem. These types of approaches often make you feel like everything you’ve tried before was stupid or you got it wrong. Which is isn’t helpful messaging and doesn’t take individual differences into consideration.

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