From time to time, Bright Fitness will post articles from other sources for which we were a contributing expert. We’re very particular about to whom we’ll contribute and to what kind of article. Almost daily we get requests to provide a quote on fitness or nutrition for a blogger or column writer. Here’s the problem:
The writer has a thesis BEFORE consulting the experts.
“I’m writing an article about how gluten is making you fat.” Pro tip: it isn’t, so I can’t provide a quote saying it is. Won’t do it. “My new book is about performance enhancement through turmeric supplements. Care to contribute?” No, sorry, there just isn’t enough evidence to support that. “Can you tell our blog readers why they should eat exactly 16 raspberries every morning at 6:42am for maximum fat loss?” I definitely cannot do that.
My point is, so much of the health and fitness news (not just blogs, but actual news sites) is written by people who start with a premise and THEN find experts to support it. And many of these experts rely on the web traffic that the link backs in these articles provide, so they contribute, either not knowing that the information they provide is likely false, or not caring because they need the site visits. So now we get an Internet full of articles with conflicting information, all supported by experts, and so the assumption is that even health and fitness experts can’t agree on what is good for us!
And that really isn’t true. The majority of health and fitness professionals agree on the basics, and differ only slightly on specifics. When you see conflicting headlines (Coffee is killing you! Coffee drinkers live forever!), what you’re likely seeing is how different components of a food, drink, or workout affect different populations differently. The takeaway is “DIFFERENT.” And professionals know this, and use this information when they design fitness and nutrition programs for their clients.
So find a source you trust, who offers solid advice, not quick-fixes or extremes, and do your best to shut out the rest of the noise. Make healthy, sustainable lifestyle choices that make you feel good and fit your needs. And as always, if you have questions or concerns, reach out to us at Bright Fitness.