When seeking information on weight loss and nutrition, most people figure asking the experts will reveal the best advice. But with so many experts telling us to do different things, how can we sort through the facts and the “educated” guesses?
According to an online video created by Sott.net, a research project aimed toward analyzing different news items, doctors may not always know exactly what they’re talking about when it comes to what humans should eat.
The video reported that in a 2009 survey of 109 medical schools, researchers found three-quarters of those schools didn’t even have a course dedicated to nutrition.
So if doctors aren’t studying nutrition specifically, how are they certified to tell us what is and isn’t good for us?
When it comes to dieting, many women today believe anything the doc says, goes. However, an article by Health.com said perhaps it's safer to go with one’s gut instinct when discussing dieting options with a doctor.
According to the article, some doctors are “pushing the limits of what’s medically acceptable” by prescribing dangerous drugs or offering treatments that haven’t even been proven to work.
With all the different diet trends and fads today, many women turn to experts to tell them which ones are safe and which aren’t.
For example, many doctors offer the HCG diet plan, which includes eating just 500 calories per day and taking daily injections of a pregnancy hormone.
People who take injections of the hormone run the risk of side effects such as blood clots, depression, headaches, and breast tenderness.
According to George Blackburn, MD, PhD, associate of the Division of Nutrition at Havard Medical School, it would be “unethical” for a physician to tell patients the HCG diet will work.
“There have been numerous studies of the HCG diet, all of which demonstrate that it works no better than a placebo,” Blackburn said.
So where should women turn when they want to find an effective diet that keeps them healthy and aids in weight loss?