There are many, many YouTube channels that share fitness, health and nutrition information, but some are different from the others. Whom to listen to? Here are five I feel don’t qualify on proving their claims, present information in a questionable way or raise unrealistic expectations.
5. Vince DelMonte
Mr. DelMonte’s videos primarily serve as advertisements for his fitness products, that supposedly show us how he gained “41 pounds of solid-steel muscle” in six months while “spending only 3 hours in the gym each week”, what “the shocking truth about the bodybuilding mafia and supplement cartel” is and what robs us of “90% of the muscle and strength gains” we should get. This makes his videos tedious to watch, as useful exercise advice appears not very often.
Let’s get it right out of the way: Miss Zuzana’s videos are made to show off her body to a juvenile audience, the fitness aspect is just pretense. Yet the appearance of fitness advice, but to my eye her erratic and fast movements aren’t healthy, nor do the structures of the workouts she proposes make much sense.
Not primarily a fitness channel, but rather a mixture of alternative medicine and conspiracy videos, Psychetruth does put out the occasional fitness and nutrition videos, that have very little scientific evidence on their side and practically go through the entire catalogue of what Skepdic finds questionable.
The channel’s description says it’s “a hub for alternative nutrition and exercise information based on truth, scientific research, and anecdotal evidence”. I’d say the most stress is on the last, as I can’t find any scientific evidence for Sean Croxton’s claims about “metabolic typing“, “metabolism boosting” or “detoxification” and all the rest.
For me Sean ranges ahead of Psychetruth, as his channel presents itself with the primary aim of fitness and nutrition and claims to use scientific research, but fails to do so.
While on Mr. Croxton’s channel I see various links to dubious products off-site, diethealth takes it a step further: Not only does host Sarah Dusault tell people “how to learn squats in 30 seconds”, an exercise I repeatedly tell people to have shown to them by experienced trainers, that spot reduction is possible or that negative calorie foods exist. No, some of the videos are directly sponsored by supplement or fitness companies.