The 7 Biggest Fakes In The Fitness Industry

Don’t believe everything you read online. You’ve probably heard this countless times. And when it comes to your health and fitness, You should take that advice. Many “experts” have risen to fame in the last few years, but they aren’t as knowledgeable as they claim to be.

7 Biggest Fakes Touting Knowledge In the Fitness Industry5

1. Ann Louise Gittleman

Ann Louise Gittleman is a nutritionist and author of The Fat Flush Plan. In her book, she’s sharing NOTHING new and nothing useful. She claims to have the secret to a year-round detox that keeps the fat off. She focuses on 1,200 calories a day. A program that people pay a lot of money for it. The problem is that it doesn’t work long-term and increases the chance of binging and gaining all of the weight back plus 10 more pounds. Ann Louise Gittleman makes a lot of money on poor information everyone already has free access to online.


2. Tracy Anderson

Tracy Anderson claims she has the secret to keeping people from gaining weight or looking bulky. Her program is ineffective and inaccurate.

Tracy Anderson believes women should never lift more than three pounds, or they will become bulky. Read up on health and fitness from any legitimate source and you’ll see why this is totally bogus. Never lift more than three pounds and guess what will happen? Nothing. Nothing will happen because you’re not doing anything. I guarantee that your purse weighs more than three pounds.

For nutrition, she believes people should avoid diet soda at all costs because it causes inflammation. I say prove it! Because you can’t. There are no studies, as much as everyone tries to shame diet soda, showing factual evidence of this.


3. David Wolfe

David Wolfe has 6,847,358 people following him on Facebook. People are attracted to his click-bait posts. However, all of the information he provides are opinions with little-to-no scientific backing.

David Wolfe loves to tell people he is on a mission to find out how to achieve optimal health. He often promises he has found the secret to fixing many of the health concerns people have such as sleeping and weight gain. The problem? Everything he says has no scientific backing to it. He may seem like he has found the solution to some of the most troublesome health problems, but an actual doctor would be a much better source of advice for your health concerns.


4. Dr. Oz

Dr. Oz makes millions of dollars on television supporting supplements. Supplements are usually nothing more than expensive urine. Many of them are ineffective or make people sick from side effects. Some can even cause long-term side effects and health conditions.

Sorry, I know this news will likely disappoint a lot of people. Dr. Oz seems to be so knowledgeable but has been swayed by politics and cash. These days, he seems only to promote products that are too good to be true. Too good to be true, especially in the health and diet industry, is usually just that. He is essentially a big advertisement for supplement manufacturers. Many of his followers will swear by his advice, but many will report serious side effects and ineffectiveness for many of the supplements. He’s more interested in ratings and his income than providing legitimate health information.


5. Joe Wicks–”The Body Coach”

Metabolism is an important part of weight management, but Joe Wicks only uses it to make money. However, he’s only selling inaccurate information.

Joe Wicks, known as “The Body Coach,” believes people can eat more and exercise less and still maintain their weight. His bright idea is that we can fool our metabolisms into working harder. Eat a bunch of meals and keep your body in digestion mode. People who eat more and exercise less don’t end up boosting their metabolism. What they end up doing is gaining weight. Yes, there is a way to increase your caloric intake slowly over time, but it’s much more complex and strategic than eating more. Those who eat less and exercise more will lose weight because they are taking in fewer calories than they are burning.


6. Gary Taubes

Gary Taubes tells people calories don’t count when you choose certain foods. Because they are magic, magical calories.

Gary Taubes believes calories do not matter. He says if you simply only eat certain foods, you can eat as much as you want and not gain weight. Weight control all boils down to one main idea: Consume what your body needs to burn. Well, this is a load of garbage. It doesn’t matter if you’re consuming a surplus of calories from broccoli or chocolate cake, you’re still going to gain weight.


7. Vani Hari–”The Food Babe”

Vani Hari is a self-proclaimed nutritionist. She has no background in nutrition. This is the equivalent of telling people you are an expert in fine art because you’ve seen various images searching on Google. Her claim to fame was her article on the dangers of the ingredients in a Chick-fil-A sandwich. “Wow! That’s so impressive because I had no idea processed fried chicken on white bread with sugary sauces was bad for me!” said no one ever. She makes many other wild claims that have no scientific backing whatsoever. This woman knows how to use the internet and that’s it. She’s pretty damn good at marketing and making herself sound legit, but she is in it for the SEO and paid advertising.


As much as these people seem like they are knowledgeable regarding health and fitness, they aren’t. Watch out for them and the many others who will come forward in the next few years. Eating healthy means eating a variety of foods in moderation while exercising regularly. Don’t overcomplicate things.

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