Who Should You Trust for Nutrition Advice?

Warrior House News | By Dana Gore
Posted: 02/06/2015 03:06GMT | Updated: 4 years ago

With the multitude of diet and nutrition advice out there, it can be difficult to discern who to trust.

And while there are plenty of individuals who mean well, and may have a genuine passion for nutrition, whether or not their advice is right for YOU is something that needs to be considered before buying any products or following any specific diet programs.

So what do you look for in an expert when you feel you could use some guidance in regard to eating properly for weight loss and optimal health?

My suggestion is to find someone well-qualified to dispense this advice, even if takes some research.

And what does well-qualified mean, exactly?

Well, in my opinion (based on my education), someone well-qualified to dispense nutrition advice is a registered dietician/nutritionist. The reason is because there are some pretty strict requirements involved in earning this credential.

A couple of them being:

  1. A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics.
  2. Completion of extensive coursework at a health care facility, community agency or foodservice corporation, in addition to well over a thousand hours of internship.

 

The truth is…anyone can read up on some of the latest headlines and even find scientific studies to validate whatever the latest claims are in regard to the benefits of any diet program being promoted at a given time. And while the information they receive may, in fact, be valid – there is still more information necessary to determine whether or not a diet program is right for YOU.

When you seek the help of an individual properly qualified to dispense nutrition advice, there are certain considerations they are required to have an understanding of before advising you.

Such as:

  • Do you have any specific allergies to foods, herbs, supplements, medications, etc?
  • Are you taking any medications that may interfere with supplementation and/or food suggestions?
  • Are you lactose/gluten intolerant, a diabetic, etc?
  • Do you suffer from eating disorders or gastrointestinal issues?

See, given that so many of us are dealing with health complications, the simplicity of following a nutrition plan suddenly doesn’t seem so simple any longer.

This is why it’s best to do your homework before following someone’s advice with your health.

Again, with so many passionate and well-meaning individuals wanting to help you to get healthy and feel better, this isn’t meant to undermine their intentions.

It is, however, meant to raise awareness of what’s involved when it comes to your well-being.

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* Source – http://www.eatrightacend.org/ACEND/content.aspx?id=7980

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