As you might imagine, I receive a lot of feedback from readers that visit my site. And while the response has been overwhelmingly positive from both at home readers and industry professionals, I on occasion get a bit of ‘hate’ mail. This particular email bothered me quite a bit because it’s an exact example of what’s wrong with this industry. Some people judge me based on my appearance, and think that because I don’t have M.D. after my name, I’m not qualified to educate people on nutrition and fitness. Here’s an example…
Way to encourage people to avoid healthy fruits and vegetables…If I asked you to explain the signal transduction pathway by which a carbohydrate is stored as fat, you would have no idea. NO idea. Yet you’re on here giving diet advice. This isn’t a question, it’s a statement. You’re not qualified to be giving diet advice and telling people what to put in their precious body. You’re simply a meathead with no nutrition education. And if you had it, you’d list it.“
Thank You, Hans
First of all, it’s not written anywhere on my site nor have I ever suggested for anyone to not eat vegetables or fruit, or to exclude them from their diet. But rather I’ve shared my experience and knowledge over the past 20 years in the fitness industry. My suggestions are based on nutrient timing and educating people on common dietary pitfalls. Sorry Hans, but you can’t argue with my experience.
Clearly Hans hasn’t read the About Alfonso or What is Angry Trainer Fitness section of this site. If he had, he’d know what my experience and credentials are. In fact I’m not sure Hans has actually read anything that I’ve written as the statement is completely false. I’d actually like Hans to direct me to the articles I’ve written that suggest not consuming vegetables or fruit…
Hans might be surprised to realize that I know more than he thinks, and the inference that I’m just a meathead due to my outward appearance is a clear indicator of his own ignorance. I have a great understanding of metabolic pathways, the Krebs Cycle and most other body processes. The purpose of this site is to relate information to people in a way that’s understandable and easy to comprehend. People don’t care about signal transduction pathways or fancy medical terminology. What they do care about is fitting in their jeans and looking better. Our aim at Angry Trainer Fitness is to pass on information in a responsible, factual manner.
So who is qualified to give dietary advice? A nutritionist, a dietician or a doctor? I’m guessing that the author thinks because someone has a degree, or schooling in a particular area that they are the only experts in their field of study. And in some cases this may be true, but even those people with credentials can dispense poor information. Just take a look around at all of the garbage diets and other fitness junk endorsed or invented by people with lots of initials after their names. And I have personally known many people with said credentials that have no real world training experience and were terrible at their supposed profession. Interestingly, many nutritionists have viewed my dietary suggestions and have given me a thumbs up. Do you know why? Because you can’t argue with sound nutrition, or the facts – it’s indisputable.
You need not be a biochemist, an endocrinologist, a doctor or a nutritionist to understand and educate people on healthy eating. Some of the best nutrition advice and diet plans come from within the fitness industry. So I say to Hans, if you don’t like what I have to say, simply don’t view my website. And if you think you’re more able than I to help people understand their body, nutrition and fitness, then perhaps you should start your own website. Good luck with that.
Oh and by the way Hans, this site comes with some big old legal jargon at the bottom telling people to seek other opinions before they take any action. I’d never pretend to know it all and am always honest about my areas of expertise. But I promise you – you’re going to get a lot more truth on Angry Trainer Fitness than most other websites out there – that’s the purpose of the site, to break down a lot of the fitness lies and myths perpetuated by a lot of the ‘experts’.
Now go eat your vegetables – just like I told you!
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