by Matt Weik
A few weeks ago I read an article by a “celebrity nutritionist” that said it was terrible to scoop a protein powder dry before exercising. First off, what the hell is a “pre-workout protein powder”? I’ve been in the game for two decades and have no idea what the hell she’s talking about. Well, I’m not going to call them directly or whip them up with their name, but it just goes to show that some nutritionists (even self-proclaimed celebrity nutritionists) have no idea what they’re talking about when the time comes for supplements.
My advice to you? Sit down and keep your lips closed.
Now let me provide you with the backstory so that we can dive a little deeper into the topics I address in this article. There’s a nutritionist out there who wrote an article about how bad it is to scoop out a pre-workout. For starters, her incompetence had led her to write about “Pre-Workout Protein Powder,” which was a hilarious way to start her article. But then she immediately went into the question of why one should “forego” the dry shoveling and instead drink a banana and avocado smoothie.
Personally, I don’t care how you do your pre-workout – each to his own. Do I have to shovel dry my pre-workouts? Lower Austria. I have no desire to. But that’s neither here nor there for this article. Perhaps I’ll discuss the tip of actual ladling in another article.
Do you have the actual science to support this, or are you just pushing your agenda?
As I read this article, I said out loud, “What the hell do you want?” Look, people who use a pre-workout, whether they’re shoveling dry or not, want more than just carbs and calories to get through their workout. The reasons people use a pre-workout are many.
People use a pre-workout to improve:
• muscle pumps
• Energy levels
• Perseverance and perseverance
• muscle regeneration
• Athletic performance
The scary thing is that this woman is also the owner of a lifestyle and media company that “aims to help people discover and live their nutritious life”. I mean, this all sounds well and good, but you post inaccurate information on topics that you clearly have no idea what you’re talking about and use your being a prominent nutritionist to advance your own agenda.
More interestingly, this woman (who clearly doesn’t understand dietary supplements) is actually SELLING dietary supplements on her website – vegetable protein, fish oil, vegetable blend, minerals and antioxidants, probiotics, multivitamins, maca, and sleep aids. So why are you beating up pre-workouts and even naming them with a name or description that nobody sells?
In addition, this woman sells a “certification” that has nothing attached to it except her name. If someone wanted to work for me and said they had certification and mentioned it was this, I would honestly laugh. That would be like issuing a writer’s certification but not having a writing association or organization. I’ll go ahead and throw myself under my own bus saying, “What the hell does my name mean to anyone?” The same goes for this woman.
Does this woman actually think her name means anything? I’ve never heard of her in my life and have been in the industry for over two decades. And a prominent nutritionist? Which? Who are the “celebrities”?
This certification that she sells on her website is nothing more than an obvious revenue generator. While it can provide some great information for those looking to spend an insane amount of money on something, all of the information can be gotten on the internet for free if you just search and read. Saying you have “your” certificate doesn’t matter at the end of the day. It’s not like ACE, ISSA, NASM, etc., which actually carry some weight in the industry for professionals.
The misinformation being said and published by “professionals” these days is outrageous
Nutritionists have a clear agenda to beat up anything that isn’t real food. I get it. But that doesn’t mean it’s right. You can push your real nutritional agenda forward and then add supplements to fill in the gaps. The fact is, not everyone can follow a super strict plan, and not everyone has the appetite to follow their “right” eating plan. Therefore, if necessary, they supplement protein powders, multivitamins to fill micronutrient gaps in their diet, and other nutritional supplements such as vitamin C, vitamin D, coenzyme Q10, fish oil, zinc, etc.
Then you have nutritional supplements that are all about fitness and workouts. For some reason nutritionists get persistent on this subject and want to demonize it like poisoning your body. Are There A Few Of Shady Diet Supplement Brands? Secure. But the names you’ve seen and heard for years are extremely ethical and aren’t aimed at kidding the consumer.
I believe that anything nutritionists fail to understand is immediately demonized. Sports nutrition … it’s rubbish. Bodybuilding … it’s dangerous. Creatine … well, it’s as dangerous as a steroid. (Oh, the humor). The list goes on and on.
I know I am talking about nutritionists and one person specifically in this article, but I think you should include big pharma and doctors in this conversation as well. Think how many doctors have fired supplements and simply written a prescription to help drug companies. While Big Pharma may not get their pockets filled like they did years ago, it’s a lot easier for a doctor to negate the underlying problem because it takes too long to explain and fix and just prescribe one drug instead likely to cause side effects and require more problems and prescriptions.
Overall, I’m just fed up with taking advantage of nutritionists and those in “professional” positions. If their strategy worked, probably not over 60% of American adults would be overweight and over 40% of them would be obese. Something has to change. I highly recommend people to follow people who post GOOD content on a regular basis and have no agenda. I’m doing my own horn here and saying that I’ve been producing over 1,500 articles a year for years – all to help you, the reader. There are good people out there who don’t have plans, you just have to find them and do some homework.