About 2 weeks ago I got into a debate with a respected exercise scientist (soon to be on twitter.
He suggested that anyone who isn’t a registered dietician (RD) should not give nutrition advice. I disagreed and explained I feel there are many people that are more than qualified to give nutrition a dive despite not being an RD.
I made a mistake….
I responded poorly and criticised dieticians; but I should have criticised the current government guidelines in the UK.
The tweets resulted in many (very angry) dieticians calling me out on certain things along with some other random followers of the scientist.
This whole twitter feud made me realise a few things
1 – I should have not criticised the dieticians and therefore need to think about what I’m writing before pressing the send button. (Apologies if i offended you and you are rereading this)
2 – To those that were asking me for research papers to back up why I think there are better options than wheat based products; beginner nutrition is not aimed at you.
I do not have specific research papers to call on when someone wants to argue on twitter about my opinion and views. 99.9% of the people in the world would not give a shit about a research paper. The majority want some guidance/advice and not the statical analysis of a peer reviewed article.
Research is crucial and I am a geek but I do not feel the need to have a journal library to hand for my philosophy.
3 – I don’t ever want to be in the “fitness industry”.
I’m in the helping people industry.
There are too many people that shoot down and criticise others. There are many ways to do the same thing (e.g. lose fat, get fit) and everyone believes in what they think the “best” option is. That’s what makes us unique.
What if every teacher taught the same way? Or every football coach coached the same way. That would be very boring; they all have their own methods that they think are best.
In my opinion the coaches, teachers, doctors, nurses, police officers, waiters that are the best are the ones that care the most.
I am very honest and only know 1% of what I plan on learning; but I care about my work and provide the best service I can at this point in time.
Thank you for reading this and supporting me in my aim to make nutrition a slightly easier topic to understand and improve people’s lives.