Are you looking to learn a few things in the nutrition world? Are you concerned about where to find valid information? With so much content out there, and so many “experts” telling you what to do, it’s no surprise that people are confused about who to turn to when looking for nutrition advice. Maybe the cloudiness of information contributes to the reason why nearly 2/3 of the American population have a BMI-score that labels them as “overweight” or “obese.”
From the grapefruit diet to the liquid diet, from eating low-fat to eating low-carb, and from doing a detox to taking diet pills…of course you’re confused!
So that’s why I’ve compiled a list of my favorite resources you can use to learn more about nutrition and separate the facts from the fads.
First off, one of your best options is to look for a Registered Dietitian where you live. A registered dietitian is someone who has earned a 4 year degree studying the science of nutrition and the art of how to help you receive optimal nutrition daily. An RD must also have completed a supervised practice program and pass a national examination.
For reliable information online, the American Dietetic Association offers credible articles about nutrition through every stage of life, gives insight on nutrition for the prevention and management of disease, and answers questions about food safety.
Another online resource is through MyPyramid.gov. On this site, you can find basic information about the food groups and physical activity. Based on your age, sex, height, and weight, you’re able to see how much of each food group you should eat per day. You’re also able to print a Meal Tracking Worksheet to monitor your progress.
To help kids learn more about nutrition, have them visit the BAM! website– an interactive website created by the CDC– or Nutrition Explorations. Both websites use colorful graphics and show healthy eating as fun!
For a fun, fresh approach to nutrition, my personal favorite web pages may be a good way for you to learn more. I love the healthy recipes and health articles from Fitness Magazine. In addition, they give great ideas for working out by providing printable treadmill workouts and videos regarding proper form for strength exercises. Shape Magazine’s Nutrition 101 and Self‘s Nutrition Data are other good resources to learn more.
Regardless of what site you read, make sure the information you receive is accurate and credible! Is it backed by a legitimate source? Does it promise true health instead of a quick-fix? If so, you’re on the right track to wellness. Congrats! : )
Comment on this!: Have you seen these webpages before? What are your go-to sources for nutrition and health information?