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KevTheTrainer Reply

Tbh it seems like a lot of IG dietitians rely on polarizing content to generate attention. It’s always best to legit consult one in person, especially since they can give you an assessment based on you yourself, not generalizing for an audience of 100k people.

ShiningWizard31 Reply

Tracking my macros literally saved my life. I was very iron deficient. I’d been to the doctor & ate relatively healthy but I couldn’t figure out what was going on. I thought I was taking in enough vitamins & minerals. But once I started tracking, I realized just how little I ate. It was extremely eye-opening. Tracking your food intake, as long as it’s not done compulsively, can be very helpful. Most Instagram “dieticians” just do it for the clout, not to actually help people.

    Kate Santell Reply

    I loved on the video with that Instagram psychologist how she couldn’t really understand why someone would want to track their nutrients

Sorta Healthy Reply

Tracking food temporarily is probably the best thing that you can do to positively change your diet. Instagram Dietitians shouldn’t be a thing btw

Megan Wood Reply

I had a very similar experience! I had zero knowledge about the nutritional value and macros of food back in high school. I tried to eat as little calories as possible which would lead to binging episodes. When I found out about macros, I learned the importance of not only making sure I eat enough, but making sure I get enough protein, carbs, and fats in my meals. Tracking macros got me out of that vicious cycle. Anything in life has the potential to become obsessive/addictive, so these Instagram dietitians should be giving people the resources they need based on the individual. Don’t make generalizations about everyone, because learning about macros can be SO beneficial to many individuals.

Nikita36816 Reply

YouTube has a problem with content creators using the words eating disorder but don’t have a problem with people doing mukbangs. They are just hypocrites.

    English Cloud Reply

    There is so so much pro ED content on this website too

    BogzKenny Reply

    Political correctness

    Henri Tuhola Reply

    You gotta win on the oppression bingo to get access on that word.

    glowrillaz Reply

    They have a problem with the words, but they allow videos of people with eating disorders romanticizing them with edits and details and all…

    earvase Reply

    That sounds like a Multi-million dollar corporation to me.

Selma Kruse Reply

I grew up just like that. My single mom worked two jobs so we never ate as a family and our food consisted of what can be made fast and cheap. It also doesn’t help that in lower income neighborhoods there is more of a variety of fast food places and liquor stores. Of which they can be found in every corner. Even in my apartment complex there was an older couple who sold candy and chips out of their house. So bad food has always been a step away for me and there was no one there to tell me any better.

KRO 222 Reply

I think what also really bothers me about this is that they put such a huge emphasis on the risk for EDs. It is certainly incredibly important that people who have EDs or are at risk get the help they need!! However, realistically I don’t think most people are at risk for developing an ED from counting calories. Obesity is a far greater threat to the majority of the population.

Lorelei Reply

Calorie counting when I was in highschool DID cause an ED for me, but now that I’m recovering and learning about my nutrition—I’m realizing that, it wasn’t the calorie counting that caused the disorder, it was my lack of understanding of nutrition. I didn’t know what my body needed, I didn’t understand that calories weren’t created equal, and I had NO idea about a TDEE. After learning these things, tracking has helped me know that I need to eat enough, that I need to get certain nutrients, that I have a goal I’m working for. I don’t track everything and I don’t track all the time, because I still have to fight with the scoreboard in the back of my mind, but I’m learning what helps my body and I couldn’t do that without my tracker.

Cynthia Converso Reply

Hometown buffet as a treat… oh the memories

SoundWave MAX Reply

Rick Riordan – “But magic is neither good nor evil. It is a tool, like a knife. Is a knife evil? Only if the wielded is evil.”

    Talking Turtle Reply

    Magic is always evil
    But I understand your point

Olgaplus4 Gav Reply

I started tracking my calories because my weight was beginning to get out of control. I caught myself in the cycle of binge eating & couldn’t get a grip on how many calories I was eating. Tracking calories…while I know is not 💯 accurate…has helped me realize how many calories I was consuming. In the world we live in there seems to be this idea that the middle ground is “bad”…it has been extreme or nothing 🤷🏻‍♀️ The dieticians are no different unfortunately.

Shelley Reply

I’m with you. I’ve tried losing weight several times in my life time, and every single one of those times I was ‘winging’ it by trying to make ‘smart’ choices. I was always lethargic and sometimes in PAIN, way too tired to work out let alone function like a normal human. Quite frankly, I was always in a bad mood. It was easier to be chubby and HAPPY rather than losing but feeling so hateful. And of course, the “diet” never stuck. When I decided to give it a go again recently, I starting using a food tracking app. Surprise, surprise – my “dieting” was just me severely under-eating. I didn’t even realize because I felt like I was eating enough, “reasonably” sized meals with lots of veggies, and I took being hungry as a sign of personal weakness. But now that I KNOW and am tracking regularly, I feel FREE to tell myself “Oh, I should have a small snack!” without the guilt. And I’ve been losing consistently for months now. And I’m full of energy, my body only hurts from tough work-outs, I recover quickly, and my sleep is so much better. Tracking is the best thing I could have done for myself. Without it, for me, is similar to using a banking card but never checking the account balance.

    R Rooster Reply

    This. I just wrote a large comment but I was essentially trying to say this. I’m a larger woman, who kept thinking surely I don’t need as many calories as a man etc… But I actually need more than my husband! I started tracking to make sure I was eating ENOUGH while in a small deficit. Lo and behold I’ve been able to have a sustainable diet that has allowed me to include fitness in each day. I had such trouble with fatigue before. I’ve exercised each day of June including lifting 3x per week.
    I’ve eaten healthy for a long time (after years of learning) yet disordered and still overweight while trying to eat without tracking. A lot of healthy foods are very calorie dense. To have a small deficit to lose fat, I would have to not eat enough to be able to keep eating those in quantity. Think avocado, nuts, peanut butter, chia seeds etc. Tracking has helped me find more healthy low calorie dense, high volume foods so I can eat “enough”, feel satisfied and still hit that deficit while still feeling good enough for fitness. I think eventually this will lead to a wide menu of options to choose from that will allow me to move from tracking into more “intuitive” eating that WORKS! Good luck to you, I’m so glad you are feeling better about this route you’re taking!

    Shelley Reply

    @R Rooster Good luck to you too!

Kelsie Miller Reply

I’m going to school right now for Nutritional Science, and to become an RD in the future. I vow to NEVER become one of these. I cringe when I see thin fit RD’s telling obese people to “just eat intuitively.” It doesn’t work that way for many people!!

    Angie H. Reply

    Same here!!!

    carmen lara Reply

    I’m currently in my dietetic internship and whenever I see posts from these ig dietitians I am baffled. I’m pretty sure they post these types of posts just to fit into the ig culture of “body positivity”. Glad to hear you’re also becoming and RD, you got this!

    Kelsie Miller Reply

    @carmen lara competely agree! I feel like many of them, even some of the popular YouTube ones, are just doing it to be “woke” and fit it! I hope your internship is going well!

    Giovanna Rosario Reply

    I agree. There are so many ways to teach people to eat. Its not one size fits all. Keep strong!

Callie Thomas Reply

FINALLY someone has voiced what I feel learning about health after growing up in a low income household. I’m *learning* about food now. THANK YOU!

Ask Dr. Swole Reply

Tracking can be really helpful for people to develop an awareness about what they eat – glad you emphasize that the goal is to get to a point where you *don’t* track

musicgrl515 Reply

Registered Dietitian here!
I absolutely agree with everything you are saying here! Counting macros, or I prefer to call it food journaling, is really helpful to people who have an unhealthy relationship with food. This is also important for people with chronic conditions that can be exhasterbated by diet like IBS, eczema, etc. Without journaling/counting macros, it is almost impossible to remember what/how you are eating! Seeing what you eat on a screen or paper with nutritional information about those foods are so helpful as a teaching tool and understanding how it affects your body.
Yes, for some people with eating disorders it may not be recommended. However, that is why nutrition education/counseling SHOULD be done 1:1, not on social media! While talking about basic nutrition on instagram could be helpful (like what should REALLY be taught in health class in high school), I think blanket statements like “Counting your macros is wrong” or “just intuitively eat its better for you” has a serious potentional to cause even MORE disordered eating!
John, thank you so much for pointing out all these facts as someone who has used these tools to help yourself get back to health. Sometimes dietitians can be difficult to relate to, but I can tell you we are not perfect with our eating! We went to school, did our internships and passed the exam because we want to help people become the healthiest version of themselves. 
I also want to point out that a Registered or Liscenced Dietitian is completely different than a Nutritionist. Anyone can become a nutritionist with some schooling, where as Dietitians or Dietitian Nutritionists (a protected term) have to complete a degree that includes an internship with clinical training like in hospitals, and pass a state exam.

Tebz Nkosi Reply

“Because in this season of their lives…” – I had a church flashback the moment you said that.

    JonO387 Reply

    I’m sorry. He can’t touch you there again.

Kylie Mack Reply

Learning to eat fast to get 2nds….that hit me right in the feels
I’ve been eating intuitively for almost a year now after tracking or nearly 3 years. It’s been scary but liberating at the same time.

Cole Hayden Reply

*Begins tracking Macros…
*Develops Erectile Dysfunction

All jokes aside, great video with a lot of points that hit super close to home. Thank you for putting these out and helping your audience understand these topics.

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Jessica W Reply

The problem today, in all “discourse” whether it be nutrition related, politics, or [insert thing here], is that we have two groups of people. It’s not left/right, conservative/liberal, or any other seemingly obvious polarity. What it boils down to is nuanced conversation. We have a group of people that are willing to engage in and discuss nuance, and we have those that just want to make blanket statements, generalize everything, and make assumptions based on perception.

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