Fact Check: Are Search Engines Hiding Diet & Weight Loss Research From You? (Short Answer: Yes)
See What The Search Engines Aren’t Telling You About Weight Loss – And What To Do About It
From the way we date to the way we shop, algorithms affect everything. When you participate in any interaction or transaction online, your behavior gets tracked and added to a huge database… which companies can draw from to create enticing new ways to brand old products and services.
But what do algorithms have to do with dieting?
You’d be surprised.BRAND-NEW: Research Shows These 3 Sugar Substitutes Are Best For Burning Fat (Plus 2 You Should NEVER Eat)
In a recent article for the Prince George Citizen, a columnist suggests that the way diets are introduced to you online may be more problematic than you think. Since Google tends to pull information based on interests you’ve already shown through your shopping and browsing history… the search results for “diet” are going to look a lot different for everyone.
So how can you make sure to find the diet that actually works for you? Here are a few tips.
1) Do Your Research
If you’re thinking about trying out a new diet, the first thing to do is remove yourself from all of the hype surrounding that diet.
For instance, if you live in Los Angeles, a basic Google search regarding a change of diet and lifestyle is likely to turn up specific results. Since celebrities love to endorse the keto diet, you might end up reading about all the great aspects of the diet without finding out if it’s actually right for you.
Since algorithms work to cement bias rather than challenge or question it, a basic search engine result could bring up options that you’re predisposed to say yes to… while hiding diet options that you’ve already expressed skepticism about.TRENDING: This Massive “Mistake” Melted 48lbs Off Her Body (Click Here to See How)…
Dieting, however, isn’t about staying in your comfort zone. If you really want to commit to living a healthier lifestyle, it’s important not to shut yourself off to certain options.
Remember to keep an open mind while researching different diets rather than accepting the first search result that comes your way.
2) Don’t Accept The First Result You See
Remember, when you type “best diets” into Google, you’re not going to get a completely unbiased view of things. Your search history informs pretty much everything you see online… from the Facebook ads targeting you to the local results that pull up first when you’re searching for the best coffee shop in town.
That’s why it helps to do a bit of a deep-dive when trying to find the right diet for you. The Internet is a powerful tool for research, and there’s so much great information out there that can help you find the diet plan that’s going to work best for you.
Still, you might have to work a bit harder to find it. Try to find medical journals and other unbiased sources of information that will help you get a full picture of what each diet can offer.
3) Go Offline
The Internet is definitely the easiest way to get information, but it’s far from the only way. Luckily, we live in a world where information is all around us.
If you’re curious about different diets and the effect they have on the body, why not head to your local library and check out a few books and journals on the subject?
It might seem old-fashioned to hit the books rather than simply typing in a quick Bing search… but the information you’ll be getting will be unbiased… unaffected by web traffic and other misleading factors… and will be deeply researched and thought-out.TRENDING: Science Reveals Easy, No-Workout Ways to Lose Weight… While You Snooze!
The library is a great resource for all kinds of study, especially if you really want to be well-informed.
If you’re really serious about learning and don’t just want to know a few superficial facts about your diet of choice, checking out an actual book on the subject could open up a world of knowledge for you and prevent you from making an over-hasty decision. While you’re at the library, you can even head to the cookbook section to get some healthy inspiration for future meal prep.
4) Always Double-Check Dubious Health Claims
When you’re reading articles online, you’re often not aware of all the different factors that went into the production of that article.
Think about it: writers need an audience, and they need to make sure their work gets seen. That means that a misleading claim about a diet could end up as the headline for a piece about that diet.
If you’re researching diets online, the sources that come up first are going to be the ones that got the most traffic and had the biggest reach. However, that doesn’t mean that they’re credible.SPECIAL: These 3 Delicious Smoothie Recipes Are Specially Designed To Burn Off More Fat… So You Lose More Weight
Make sure to fact-check any dubious claims (e.g., “This diet will help you drop 10 pounds in 10 days”) by checking the author’s sources. Any medical journal will link health claims to actual studies rather than simply throwing out provocative statements and hoping they catch.
5) Don’t Be Afraid To Talk To A Professional
If you’ve asked around and found a diet that you think might be right for you, don’t be shy about visiting your doctor and asking them what they think.
Your family doctor is the person who knows the most about your medical history… from current health risks to past illnesses in the family line. Setting up an appointment to talk out your concerns and answer your questions could help you make better-informed, healthier dieting decisions.
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Even if you Google weight loss tips and research different diets for hours every night…
The truth is, there’s a LOT of garbage on the Internet, and it’s way too easy to fall into a rat’s nest of bad health advice.
I’ve been there.
In college, I went on the freaking “cabbage soup diet”…
(Don’t even bother Googling it – it’s exactly what it sounds like.)
And the experience was so painful that I couldn’t eat cabbage for a full year (and the 10 pounds I did lose came right back in about a week).
So instead of committing to a diet you think “might” work…
Or spending hours in the gym chained to a darn treadmill…
We found them in scientific journals the average person has to pay hundreds of dollars for (luckily we know some doctors who have PubMed licenses)…