How Not to Fall Into the Weight Loss “WEB” of Lies
How you can keep your distance from misleading, false and unscrupulous weight-loss (mis)information on the Internet.
With the overabundance of information so readily available on the Internet, it is no wonder so many people fall prey to phony weight loss ads for potions, elixirs and get skinny quick schemes. The weight loss industry floods the internet with lies and false claims. After all, anyone in the world has the power to create a website advertising their own opinions on the matter. Since a quick Google search on “weight loss advice” yields more than 65 million results, getting quality information can be a daunting task.
Are you being given the wrong advices (for those of you that watched Pumping Iron with Arnold will know that was not a typo)
How do you know what site to trust?How do you know if the site you are checking is giving you good quality information or is just a medium for a company to shovel out their weight loss lies? How do you weed through the plethora of advice (or as Arnold put it in Pumping Iron “advices” found at your fingertips? Is the Internet’s counsel helpful at all or should you rely solely on your physician? These are good questions to ask as you consider the best plan for your weight loss goal.
Who Do You Trust?
- health information based on valid medical research
- a site that identifies its sources of information such as medical journals and medical experts
- an “About” or “Contact” page that makes it possible to learn about the organization and allows you to contact them if needed
- a copyright at the bottom of the page so you know who is responsible for the information
- the date of when the material was last updated, since outdated material may not reflect the latest research on weight loss
Come across a site requesting personal information? You better know what they are planning to do with the information and who they might give it to before handing it over.
When reading a site, seek information that is as objective and unbiased as possible? Does it seem believable and reasonable, or does a site make promises of weight loss that seem unlikely? Are there stories of miraculous weight loss in little time? Then you may need to steer clear. And any time a website’s main purpose is to sell you something, keep moving. Websites trying to sell their products or services rarely give a completely objective perspective.
A wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
Many times, the multibillion nutritional supplement business is behind the web sites that are offering their “medical” and “scientific” opinion. Funny how the information they give you leads you down a sales funnel that opens right at their sales page or website for their supplement (that purportedly will solve all your ills and make you look supermodel (ish) in no time flat.
No online site can replace your physician or another health professional for medical clearance or health advice, however, I have trained numerous doctors in my 20 plus years of training and believe it or not they know very little about exercise science (which is only fair, because I know absolutely nothing about cardio thoracic surgery or psychiatry.) It really did amaze me to find that so many doctors knew very little about anatomy, physiology and even nutrition, their time and focus is spent on whatever their specialty is. Your health professional of choice knows your medical history and the current medical advice for your particular weight loss situation and can therefore give you trustworthy and personalized instructions for achieving your goal.
However, since health professionals often don’t have time to elaborate beyond a basic plan, the Internet is a helpful tool for finding details related to the doctor’s orders. These details could include healthy, low-fat recipes and specific exercise routines to meet your goal. You can also use the abundance of weight loss success stories as ongoing motivation. Or you can become a part of an online support group for weight loss to find the encouragement and advice you need along the way. A third tool available on many sites is a program that allows you to track your weight loss and set goals to work toward your weight goals.
So the next time you’re surfing the web for the latest diet plans, check your sources, the first of which should be your own health pro. We hope that you consider Fit for Faith Minstries Your Source for Valuable Health and Fitness Information. We are dedicated to Building a Stronger Body of Believers.