filtering the facts on health

Posted on February 28, 2014

We all read them.  ”New superfood you must start eating NOW!”  ”The one trick that eliminates fat!”  ”Why dairy is NO GOOD!”  ”How eating Kale can actually KILL YOU!”  Yep, sensationalist articles, headings, and blogs that put facts about how we should eat, move, and live based on facts, findings, and studies.

Before we jump to fill our grocery carts or change our behaviors, let us practice a bit of educated research into the articles shoved down our throats.  When you come across a blanket-statement backed by a study or article follow these 4 steps:

  1. Check the sources of the study. If the message is to not drink milk as it is harmful, then be sure that the study isn’t backed by the Almond Farmers of America.  They may in fact want you drinking their nut milk.
  2. Verify who was studied, interviewed, or tested. If you aren’t a 75 yr-old nursing home resident, then maybe the study saying box jumps could cause bone fractures doesn’t necessarily pertain to you.
  3. Check the control measures of the study.  If the study on fat loss caused by H.I.I.T. training for 20 minutes 1xweek also included a strict diet and stringent cardio program, then maybe there are more factors contributing to the results.  
  4. Email askcoach@e3-fitness.com.  Its our job to filter the junk and give you answers.  Use that asset.