Avoiding Fitness Deception
When you want to be sure that a health authority, organization, youtuber or blog can be trusted, ask yourself the following questions:
1. Do they help you understand their approach or do they get emotional when being questioned?
Someone who has knowledge on a topic should also be able to teach it. It is also very important is hear people once in a while say, I don’t know. No-one knows everything and if someone is trying to give you that impression he is probably trying to fool you. Many times people ask me something and I simply answer, “I don’t know.” Even if I think I know the answer but I am not 100% sure, I’ve learned to acknowledge my lack of knowledge and experience rather than mislead someone with incorrect information.
2. Do they use their credentials instead of solid references to make heavy scientific claims?
Basing something on the fact someone has a Dr before his name or a PhD after it, is not a good enough reason to trust someone. This is the common fitness-trap I fell into when I started this journey. Also, remember that references should be based on articles and studies published in reputable places (not Wikipedia).
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3. Are they willing to admit they are wrong?
When health authorities are stuck in old outdated information and aren’t capable of acknowledging failures or facts that have been disproved in their program, it’s a clear indication that they are more concerned with preserving their image than actually helping people. Realizing that I have used outdated data or have made a mistake and instantly admitting it has been one of the best ways for me to learn. I’m fortunate to have a network of very smart people around me, so I can’t get away with mistakes anyway.
4. Do they have financial and/or emotional motives behind of what they are promoting?
It’s normal of course for a health/fitness professional to make money from his projects and work. I’m certainly not unhappy whenever I sell an eBook, because it gives me the chance to invest even more money in this project and improve it in anyway possible. Still, this should also be a reason to remain cautious. If someone, for example, is selling muscle gaining supplements on his website be cautious when he is making extreme claims such as my program with the right supplements can help you build 20 pounds of muscle in a month.
Feel free to question what I say. It’s the best way for you and me both to learn and expand. If I believe I have made a mistake in this book, I would gladly accept an email from you and discuss your concerns.
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