Eating healthy can be hard–especially when there’s so much conflicting information on the Internet, both from scientists and laypeople. New studies say that milk is terrible! Paleo dieters say it’s amazing! Eat fruit, says a nutrition coach! But not too much, says a fitness instructor! But by far one of the biggest sources of misleading quotations, unhealthy “tricks,” and services or products that promise silver bullet results (without diet or exercise) is Facebook, where people share anything and everything–including not-good weight loss advice, tips, recipes, and “facts.”
From recipes that are in no way healthy, to out-of-context quotations that are sure to puzzle more than they educate, Facebook is rampant with product pages, personal trainers, “health gurus,” diet book authors, and people just trying to make a quick buck off someone else’s confusion about what’s actually good for their body.
Yes, people can differ on what they believe to be part of a healthy diet (like meat-eaters vs. vegetarians), but to truly get a picture of what’s best for you, personally, it’s best to seek out a qualified nutrition…not the lady the next cubicle over who’s always trying to tell you about her new miracle pill.
Here are just a handful of the rumors, myths, and just plain wrong ideas about what it takes to be healthy and lose weight which circulate on Facebook. Remember: don’t believe everything you read.
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