“They” have a lot to say about a lot of things, don’t “they?”
They say grains are toxic.
They say cardio is bad and weightlifting is good.
They say eggs are bad.
They say eggs are good.
They say bread is making us fat and sick.
They say running will wreck your knees.
They say coffee is poison.
They say juicing is good for you.
They say juicing is terrible for you.
They say 1,200 calories is the magic number to eat to lose weight.
They say you have to eat organic.
They say organic food is BS.
They say you should fast.
They say you have to eat mini meals all day long to lose weight.
They say coconut oil solves EVERYTHING.
They say all your food is full of chemicals.
They say fat doesn’t make you fat, sugar does.
They say you should put butter in your coffee.
When I hear a sentence that starts, “They say…,” my immediate question is Who the f*%# are they, and that should be your question, too.
How do you know if they know what they’re talking about when they’re doling out dietary advice?
Are they your well-intentioned friend? Unless your friend is a doctor or scientist citing their own research, question their source.
Are they posting an article on internet? Was it a vetted and scientifically-backed study posted by the National Institute of Health or in the British Journal of Medicine? Was this a valid study with a control and a variable, conducted on a large enough sample size to make a conclusion? And by the way, are there other studies validating this conclusion if it’s a relatively new finding, or sounds too good to be true?
If they weren’t posting the actual study, did they post an article on a relatively credible health or fitness website citing such a study?
Or did they post an article titled something like “You won’t believe this trick models swear by?” or “People can’t believe this everyday food is killing cancer.” Did it contain ZERO links to evidence-based study?
Or is the article or study citing a study in mice? Because is a looooong leap between mice and humans.
They are sharing a lot of intentionally misleading information in the interest getting you to click and generating ad revenue. And oh, boy, are there books, magazines and meal plans to be sold.
So before taking anything they post—including my posts!—as fact, use your critical thinking and ask, who the hell is posting this, what is their motive, and should I trust this source?
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