Would you believe me if I told you that most of America gets their nutrition information from the internet? More specifically, social media?
Well, it's true. A study was recently released that said 90% of nutrition info that you see on INSTAGRAM, FACEBOOK, PINTEREST, and TWITTER is WRONG.
Why the heck is the happening? I am sure you're probably thinking that!
Well, that's because nutrition is the wild west. There's people like myself, a Registered Dietitian, who have years of schooling, degrees, residency, national board exam, licensure and continuing education to legally be able to practice nutrition. The mission of a Registered Dietitian is to Protect the Public and provide Evidenced Based Nutrition Advice. And then there's everyone else, the nutritionists that may not have the extensive schooling, no legal backing, no national boards exams. Yes, there are some that do extensive studying of nutrition that do give out sound advice and help people. But, there are far more out there that don't.
Every dietitian is a nutritionist, but not every nutritionist is a dietitian.
There are far too many social media "influencers" that do not have ANY nutrition training and give out advice based on what worked for them.
Newsflash! What works for you, won't work for everyone!
What you need, if you want to reach your goals sustainably, is a routine that is designed for you and you alone. Goals that are for you, and you alone. Support and accountability that is just yours.
That lady on instagram may have a big booty and small waist, meanwhile doesn't have any nutrition or personal training credentials, but she likely doesn't know how to help you get there, while overcoming stress, balancing hormones, and fitting it into your life. She will probably just tell you to drink some shake and eat chicken and rice for dinner.
That is what I am talking about! We have to create the awareness of where our nutrition advice is coming from and what the background of the person is. Do you research before you act!
So, where do you go for nutrition information? Is it your friendly, neighborhood RD or is it Suzy Q with the big butt? Let me know in the comments!