Avoid the Web of False Weight Loss Information
What you can do to keep your distance from misleading or false weight-loss
information on the Internet.
With the overabundance of information so readily available on the Internet,
it is no wonder so many people fall prey to phony weight loss. After all,
anyone in the world has the power to create a website advertising their own
opinions on the matter. Since a quick Google search on "weight
loss advice" yields more than 65 million results, getting quality
information can be a daunting task.
How do you know what site to trust? How do you weed through the plethora of
advice found at your fingertips? Is the Internet's counsel helpful at all or
should you rely solely on your physician? These are good questions to ask as
you consider the best plan for your
weight loss goal.
Finding the Goods
When determining whether you can trust a website, look for the following:
- health information based on valid medical research
- a site that identifies its sources of information such as medical
journals and medical experts
- an "About" or "Contact" page that makes it possible to learn about the
organization and allows you to contact them if needed
- a copyright at the bottom of the page so you know who is responsible
for the information
- the date of when the material was last updated, since outdated material
may not reflect the latest research on weight loss
Come across a site requesting personal information? You better know what
they are planning to do with the information and who they might give it to
before handing it over.
When reading a site, seek information that is as objective and unbiased as
possible? Does it seem believable and reasonable, or does a site make
weight loss that seem unlikely? Are there stories of miraculous weight
loss in little time? Then you may need to steer clear. And any time a
website's main purpose is to sell you something, keep moving. Websites trying
to sell their products or services rarely give a completely objective
Want a quick way to find accurate information about
weight loss? Avoid the .coms. Instead, seek out sites run by medical
organizations, government agencies, or nonprofit education institutions.
These websites end with .org, .gov, or .edu, and have the highest level of
accountability when it comes to providing accurate health information.
Go with the Doc
No online site can replace your physician or another health professional, so
be sure to talk to yours about any information you find online before taking
action. Even if the information you find is accurate, it may not be
appropriate to heed its advice. Your health professional of choice knows your
medical history and the current medical advice for your particular
weight loss situation and can therefore give you trustworthy and
personalized instructions for achieving your goal.
However, since health professionals often don't have time to elaborate beyond
a basic plan, the Internet is a helpful tool for finding details related to
the doctor's orders. These details could include healthy, low-fat recipes and
specific exercise routines to meet your goal. You can also use the abundance
weight loss success stories as ongoing motivation. Or you can become a
part of an online support group for
weight loss to find the encouragement and advice you need along the way.
A third tool available on many sites is a program that allows you to track
weight loss and set goals to work toward your weight goals.
So the next time you're surfing the web for the latest
diet plans, check your sources, the first of which should be your own
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