Fitness news has become a 24 hour a day enterprise and media outlets need stories. As we know science is a complex process. A 2014 review published in the British Medical Journal evaluated health advice provided on the Dr. Oz Show. The review concluded that 39% of the advice given had no scientific backing and that 15% contradicted existing best practices. This sort of conflicting information can be very confusing for consumers! This confusion can lead to a lack of actionable steps that have been shown to improve fitness. When it comes to fitness advice your best bet is to keep your thinking cap on, speak to professionals when asking questions and develop your own informed opinion over time. At the end of the day, improving your fitness is much simpler than you have been led to believe. What’s really needed is the right combination of effort and support.
Richard J. Wolff, RD, LDN