Weight loss medical doctor?

Nick, my medical doctor says it’s all about the calories.


I suggest the following to your weight-loss medical doctor (MD):


If need-be, go back to school and consider…

+ Re-educate on chemical / mechanical digestion.

+ Focus on: micro/mac nutrient profile of fill in the blank.

+ Complete courses in nutrition biochemistry. + Consider before / after results / outcomes.


Where’s his / her evidence of effectiveness?


He says it’s good to create a deficit.

I consider that to be woefully lacking / inadequate…why?

  • Takes away responsibility and accountability (from the following above).
  1. Some MDs (even RDs) focus on calories in-out because it’s simple.
  2. However, nutrition biochemistry isn’t that simple.
  3. How the body works can be complex.
  4. Furthermore, choosing foods based on calories (takes focus away from food-quality = micro-nutrients).
  • Not sustainable.
  1. A high % cannot sustain on a low-calorie diet / deficit diets (consider: micro/macro nutrients).
  2. It’s important to consider where calories are derived from.
  • It’s a metabolic-wrecking-ball!

Now, however, there’s a timeline to this.

  • In the beginning, s/he may experience weight loss…
  • However, what type of weight loss…muscle or fat?
  • After 6 months to a year…what’s the outcome?


At your age…do you see yourself in constant starvation and strenuous exercise?

My MD says I need to work out and diet

That’ll create a greater deficit – how?

  • Micro / macro nutrient deficiencies.
  • Again, metabolic-wrecking-ball!


My MD says I should get all my nutrients from a well balance diet!

  1. What’s a well-balance diet?
  2. Based on who/what definition…criteria?
  3. Who’s designing this well balance diet?

A well-balance diet shouldn’t be created based solely on calories! Furthermore, does your MD have the training to address nutrition issues? How does your MD measure this?

  • Test / labs?


Again, long-term…where’s the evidence to support whatever claim?

+ Client case-studies.

+ Transformation footage.

+ Legit reviews / testimonials.


Most importantly….consider your MDs education…

? what his / her training…

? in what field ?



Why the titles: RDN, holistic nutritionist, health coach?

This encompasses a lot – I’ll delineate and elaborate:

Now, reader, it’s important to understand: I cannot make anyone see…what I see by writing a simplified post / entry – it required YEARS for me to understand — I understood by questioning / researching things.


Common questions?

Who’s more qualified… a registered dietitian (RD) or health coach?

Answer: did you know… a RD can be a health coach…?


Go beyond the title and consider one’s background (BG).


Learn what to look for when hiring a coach, click here.



If you get anything out of this post / entry: certain things are involved.
1. Edu (education)

2. Politics (food / health is just that…politics)

3. Business (a financial narrative)
Any business-minded-person has a fiduciary responsibility.

4. Control (industry based to drive profits)
Monopolizing….limits choice by obtaining exclusive possession or control of (a trade, commodity, or service).


Our safety?
Example: some register dietitians (RDs) feel…. (unqualified) nutritionist can cause harm.


The term nutritionist isn’t a registered (regulated) title –  true.


However, there’s another side to things….
Example: some RDs feel there’s too much competition and don’t want to compete w/ other qualified nutritionist (who do not share the RD logo).


See how complex this can get?


There’s a financial narrative (it’s not all about protecting you or me – it’s also about protecting (them) – their profits).

– So, dietitians may push an (RD act: to only allow / permit RDs to practice (or provide) nutrition advice) – which is controlling and limits the free-flow-of-info = monopolizing an industry and limiting the public’s ability to choose.


Common accusations worth focusing on: 

The term (title) — nutritionist / health coach (HC) isn’t a regulated – possibly true.

– However, almost everyone has a title — how can someone market w/ out one?


HCs isn’t regulated – they spread misinformation.

– Actually, anyone can be misinformed and spread stuff…

– that includes: RDNs and MDs.


Some RDs feel (HCs are trying to sell stuff) – true.

– However, RDs are no different – they push industry-based-protocols (a profit system).


– For many years – the dietetic industry was funded by junk-food sponsors.


If you don’t understand – there was a conflict of interest and unethical acts.


Example: Coronary Heart Disease Policy.

Example: Edible Oil Industry.

Example: Craft cheese.

Example: Coca-Cola Company.


Which is better? I don’t know…you tell me…who benefits?


– The coach/RD or the patient or client?


It’s the same act perpetrated by both subjects (in a similar industry).


Again, there’s a financial narrative, which has nothing to do w/ ethical standards.
Both are doing so to make a living – pay off dept. or buy shoes…whatever.


Update: recently, due to public outcry: The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) parted ways w/ some junk food sponsors.

See..the public is becoming aware and demands change / transparency.


Some RDs claim to be morrrreeeee qualified…


– Not always true – it’s important to consider one’s BG.


– Some coaches (or holistic nutritionist) complete specific course-work (natural sciences) and have a better understanding of nutrition-metabolism and the medical aspect of nutrition.


– Some holistic nutritionist completed / earned a minimum of a B.A or higher in nutrition science.
A prediction – in 2020/24: a person will be required to complete a M.A to become a RDN (registered dietitian nutritionist).


5. W/ any form of edu: it’s important to research and consider…

– Your plans: where / what do you see yourself doing?

– How are you going to get there?

– Is it legit? Keep in mind, the public can easily research a (BG).


6. What are the rules / state laws regarding a specific title / ability?

7. Does a basic certification allow continuing education?

8. Does a certification allow progression?


Why certifications and various titles?

Note: most importantly, not all certifications are created equal.

As a side note: personally, in the past, I was not supportive of certifications (until I completed my edu at an accredited university); I opened my mind and began to re-educate myself.

1. Education is evolving along w/ how individuals educate him/er self.

2. Some people are tired of the typical (failing) health system – some say, “it’s not working.”

3. Some certifications are specific, as oppose to a… degree –
– w/ a degree, one is required to complete unnecessary course…under the guise: (we want you to be well rounded). Especially in health regulated majors: some of the course-work / protocols are outdated or does not apply.


Reality: colleges want students to pay for more courses – it’s about the money!


4. Some certifications require less time (money is time and time is money).


Less time…a bad thing?

– Again, it depends on the person (his-er scope and ability).
– I made this clear – it’s important to consider one’s BG:

curriculum vitae (CV)
academic transcripts
previous certifications
and what it all entails.


Anyway, some people graduate early but don’t seem to understand the science aspect.


Are certifications and etc a way of the future?
A prediction – in 2019/2020: something like it…absolutely, I see the following on the rise:
– different titles
– specialties along w/
– different counsels and the list goes on.
Currently, some of us hear about: health coaches and etc (some will be more qualified than others).


Why are we doing this?
Simply, quality edu and health is important for us all – some of us are not getting it.
Based on the public’s view: a typical medical doctor (MD) and (RD) may not be a primary health professional in-order to achieve quality of health (unless the system changes and gets better) – the public may take the initiative by (paying out of pocket or demand insurance premiums for fill in the blank).


#health #nutrition #education #degree #certification #rdn #coaches #foodindustry #research #usdafood

Vitamin store: trust a sales associate w/ supplemental advice?

Question: should I trust a sales associate with advice on bodybuilding and nutrient needs?


  1. Some may hold an education in…nutrition / exercise science.
  2. However, some individuals hold a legit education in….business / English.


Personally, I rather consider advice from someone who has experience in, fill in the blank.


! People don’t visit a health food store for business advice.

– They assume….so-an-so behind the desk as a legit-health-education.

! However, that’s not always true !


Personally: I would consider opinions, but I would not follow (unless s/he can provide evidence of effectiveness). With that noted, some individuals have potential to gain knowledge.


No training whatsoever?

  1. It depends on the store and all things.
  2. Some individuals may receive on-job-training – completing computerized (possibly..not monitored – open book) exams…
  3. Some branches/stores provide answer key to exams.
  4. Glancing over-research literature.


What’s the down-side?

  • If open book is permitted while taking an exam…or answer key is provided…
  1. it requires less effort and minimal understanding of fill in the blank.
  • Almost anyone I know can pass an open book exam.
  1. On job training (by an unqualified individual)?!


A business minded person preaching vitamin/mineral metabolism?


  1. Glancing does not equate an understanding in/of fill in the blank.


In my experience: typically, it requires 3-4 years and some more… (to intuitively understand) nutrition science (and research literature). If a person doesn’t understand medical-science-terms…it’s incomprehensible.


So, I ask…do you want advice from someone who doesn’t understand? Do you want to pay for that lack of understanding?


If yes, I respect your choices. However, I would consider the following:

– Many who waste $100s if not $1000s of dollars.

– Experience (deleterious) side effects from whatever supplement.

A person w/ a lack of understanding does not think about… drug-nutrient interaction.


A business minded person has a fiduciary responsibility:

+ Sale what’s in that fuckin store…and you’re the buy.


#healthfoodstore #vitaminworld #vitaminshoppe #gnc

100% natural bodybuilder?

I hear self-proclaimed this/that:

Sh Sh Sheee’s a natural fitness competitor!?
He he he’s steroid free-physique-competitor!?


I maintained social media accounts. What’s that entail?

  1. Graphic / image work
  2. Photo / video editing
  3. Communication
  4. Act as a co-writer
    Among other duties…


I wrote an article: should you hire a coach based on followers? Learn more,  click here.


Anyway, especially in the fitness community…. everyone has a claim:

#100% natural
#Hormone free
#Only eat clean
#Non-gmo diet
#All organic


Can you attest to this? Are such claims true?

In my experience: I worked w/ people who claimed to be:
– Vegan – however, I would see him/er ingesting animal products.
– Steroid free – w/ exception of: exogenous insulin use.

To answer the question: people have a personal definition of fill in the blank.

+ It’s important to ask: what’s your definition of, all natural?!

+ Some individuals will give similar answers w/ certain conditions.


Reality: s/he is, 100% subjective / sensitive to the facts.

What’s the point of this entry?
1. Social media influences people – some of us are simpletons.
2. People are quick to assume…this/that is true w/out any supporting evidence.


Don’t emulate something..or someone you don’t know!
✓ Use social media for entertainment…it’s make believe.


#socialmedia #bodybuild #nutrition #showoff #physique #coach #natural #steroidfree

Hire a coach based on followers?

Question: Should I hire a coach based on followers?

Answer: No. Please consider the following before wasting time/money!

What to consider?

✓ A trust worthy source / individual.

✓ Hire based on background and experience.

✓ S/he should have a personal website (not just a social media account).

Why? Think about it! Anyone can create a social media account w/ out providing accurate details.

W/ a personal website it’s important to consider the following:

✓ Personal domain name – example: www.mr-denirox.net

BE CAUTIOUS of questionable links – example: www.freespace.fitness/mark.com

✓ Actual (real) material of the coach (videos and pics).

✓ Material should be water-marked w/ actual logo.

Why? A legit admin / owner must use:

✓ Name and contact information to register a domain name..

Visitors can look up a personal website and examine:

✓ One’s track record (history / longevity).

✓ Consistency (previous post/material related to fill in the blank).

✓ Location (origin / country).
And etc….

Ok, now, I am going to shock you w/ social media!

1. True: a social media account can go through a verification process.

– It’s not uncommon for a team to host whatever account.

– Do you really think you’re chatting w/ that fitness star? Possibly not!

2. Wait, most importantly, a lot of models (act as coaches / health specialist).

Reality: not all models have a legit background in fitness / nutrition.
Reality: some copy-paste plans that are NOT personalized!

3. Some are paid followers to: comment / like and etc.

What? Yes, some of the likes / comments are staged.

4. Untrustworthy testimonials / video reviews.

– Some models are compensated to provide (only) positive reviews.

– What company would pay for (possible) negative review$ & risk losing money?

Sold yet? How do I know this?
✓ Come on, I’ve been active behind the scenes for years.

✓ I support and respect human-beings.

✓ Plus, companies (yes, companies) wanted to buy me.

– However, I negotiate (and want a certain level of legitimacy).

– Models don’t care nor understand all of that!

✓ I’m for making a living or profit (minus fraudulent acts).

#socialmedia #fakefollowers #howto #fitness #nutrition #bodybuilder #health

Don’t eat any ingredient you cannot pronounce?

Visitor comment:

you shouldn’t eat any-one ingredient you cannot pronounce.

Admins response: I understand where you’re coming from, however, what about: nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide / fructooligosaccharides?

What I am insinuating:

✔ micronutrients / phytochemicals are
difficult to pronounce, even for me!?

So, if you lead w/ that prominence….you’ll miss out on nutrients rich foods.

Don’t make poor-food-choices because you cannot pronounce a word or ingredient.

Instead, I suggest looking up an ingredient – learn how / why. Now, w/ that noted, some additives /

ingredients are unnecessary – example: MSG and HFCS. Self-proclaimed experts provide an explanation,
but an incomplete one.

Example: HFCS retards the breakdown / spoilage of bread. Personally, I don’t need my bread to last any longer than needed – overtime, I want my food to rot / spoil. Why? I guess it provides a sign (timeline) – possibly, an indication of overall quality. Some health specialist strongly disagree, and I am content w/ that – then, they can eat it, yummy. Now, however, if they can provide
evidence of food quality w/ longevity… maybe I’ll consider.

#food #ingredient #cannot #pronounce

What sets you apart from a dietitian?

Visitor message:

Nicholas, I checked out your webinars and everything. Impressive stuff bud! I must ask
because maybe I am brained washed. You are not a registered dietitian. My friend is a dietitian and I
told her about your website. She says you don’t know what you are talking about but I disagreed. HAHA. I know she’s wrong because I tried some of your advice with remarkable success. Please explain what sets you apart from a dietitian?

Admins response: I appreciate your feedback, and I’d like to clarify…systematically.

1. Your friend doesn’t know me…correct? If she does not…

2. I encourage her to research / or inquire – I am open to questions. However, that would require
time/work on her part, and I doubt she’s accustom to that. She may have a bias / agenda? If she
wants to communicate – send me an email.

3. She claims: “I don’t know my stuff so-to-speak.” If true, please, I would like to see evidence of
just that? Furthermore, if she knows her stuff…any evidence? I think that’s a fair start.

4. Furthermore, I completed (passed w/ satisfactory) college level courses, at an accredited
university (the same courses she completed) – publicly, I submitted my academic transcripts.

5. Will she (publicly) submit her academic transcripts — client reviews/ratings & transformations? Does she have the following to validate, anything? I’m open to see the slightest bit of credibility…and transparency.

6. I think the problem stems from a title choice. I guess she was indoctrinated and has a sense of
entitlement? Did her professors teach this type of attitude? Doesn’t she have a responsibility to
present facts over bias opinions? The only thing she’s entitled to is…an opinion – not facts!

7. A title doesn’t make any entity factual or legit – it’s a title and everyone has one. I use the term:
nutritionist, holistic nutritionist, personal trainer, virtual trainer, and coach. Here, she uses, RDN
– how accurate is her advice? How factual are her claims on me..and my advice? Personally, I
don’t claim to be 100% accurate, but I have no complaints. I can provide visitor complements
or feedback (visit my website and examine for yourself). I’ve had an active website for over 10
years, and I have no serious complaints:

✔ if anything, visitors donate to keep my website online.

✔ also, I have a clear disclaimer – it’s a disclosure of what I am, and what I am NOT.

8. I give a certain level of transparency. I feel she can use lessons in just that.

9. Personally, yes, I speak-up, and maybe – she doesn’t like the free-flow of info. There’s a certain
level of fascism (monopolizing an industry / preventing basic freedoms…which extends to the

✔ Yes, people have an agenda – she, however, has an agenda, too.

✔ She’s no different from any shady personal trainer… really. She’s no different from a prostitute, either – she’s a whore to the dietetic industry. She just has a different title (which costed a hefty price). Note: men and women can be a whore – sorry guys…you’re not excluded (and nor am I).

10. I speak-up, and I had to learn: my title / edu (and etc) doesn’t make me better than anyone–
actions do! What I systemically mentioned / elaborated on… is germane.

P1: IIFYMs & flexible dieting?

I published a webinar on this very topic; I’ll give some descriptors / keywords / hashtags. If helpful, I’d like you to share and comment.

If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYMs) isn’t anything new – as I told someone who DM/ed me,

Young-fitness-minded people on social media..recycled / redefined it. Furthermore, ever hear bodybuilders say, “cheat days?” Now…it’s cheat everyday and boost about it w/ friends! Binge party time!

Because, social media seems to boost about it..it must work for everyone? No?

Reality: I have not come across any concrete evidence of effectiveness.

NOT my definition of evidence:

Social media: orchestrated stuff / (agenda)…yes, I slashed a line through it.

What to consider: 

✔ who / why –

✔ who’s promoting this system?

I’ll leave it here for right now.

Actually, our parents followed this common protocol. So, no…social media did NOT create it..again, like a lot of things …recycled into a metabolic-wrecking-ball (disguised as a fit-all-type).

What do I mean… our parents followed before us?

Well, first of all, let me define: IIFYM / protocol…

it’s based on a caloric-setpoint

example: a caloric-setpoint: 2,000 calories per day..he or she should not exceed it.

Now, flexible dieting is conjoined w/ IIFYM. Flexible dieting just means…s/he consumes junk food – NOT exceeding the (cookie cutter) caloric-setpoint!

So, again, it’s a cheat-day, every day!

Now, what did I mean…our parents approach? WAS I SERIOUS? Yea!

If you understand the protocol…you’ll notice the prominence, calories in / out approach to weight loss / management.

Question: how many of a certain age (let’s not forget genetics and all things)…are successful w/ calories in and out approach?

Answer: Well, I can testify w/ a vast body of evidence and experience…not many! Each person has a story / genetic profile and reasoning for doing something.

Question: What are the outcomes? Why’s this bad?

Answer: Because, there’s more focus on calories than actual-quality-food. In my experience: some people create a caloric deficit through: dietary and exercise. Or, some over-consume junk-food and create a micronutrient deficiency. Yes, this happens when focusing on…just calories!

As I told my friend, “focusing on just calories…takes responsibility away from making better choices.”

As a result: I see people w/ micronutrient deficiencies and eating disorders! Some people over or under-eat.

Ouch, what a metabolic-wrecking-ball!

What makes it even worse?

Some doctors and registered dietitians push (common protocols) for weight loss / management. And, some of them have the audacity to criticize (informed people) by calling them…orthorexic! Smh.

Again, our parents were a victim of (inadequate nutrition / dietary advice). I doubt it served them well, and I doubt it will serve you well.

Question: the best way to lose weight and sustain… create a caloric deficit?

Answer: sometimes, however, simplifying it to just calories..can create a biochemical disaster = a metabolic-wrecking-ball = metabolic stress / damage. So, to answer your question, I doubt this is sustainable, and beneficial.

P2 in queue ✔

#social #mefia #media #nutrition #diet #iifyms #flexibledieting #calories #junkfood #bingeparty #metabolicstress #damage #fatdeposit #stubbornfat #hormoneimbalances