I always get asked questions about Nutrition. As this is a very broad subject I would like to write a couple blogs about it over the next few weeks. Before I dive into it though, I must give you a disclaimer. And this disclaimer is a big one and should be paid attention to! And that disclaimer is: I am not a nutrition expert!
I know, I know….crazy right! I have been a personal trainer and strength & conditioning coach for nearly 15 years. I hold several nationally recognized certifications and specializations in the field of health, fitness and sports performance. I have worked with weight loss clients, sports performance clients, post rehab clients, general populations and senior populations. With all of that I am still not an expert in nutrition!
Why, you ask? Great question! Because it is not in my scope of practice. It’s very important to understand the scope of the personal trainer. A personal trainer can design and implement training programs that will elicit a desired response. This is what we are experts in, the physical side of fitness. In our course of study, we have read a chapter in nutrition. Heck, we may have even read a book on it. One book, and certainly one chapter, does not make an expert.
So be wary of any personal trainer that is giving out nutrition advice (including me). Be doubly wary when they are giving out nutrition advice and selling a product/plan/supplement with it! Not to say they are giving bad advice or what they are selling isn’t good. Just know that you need to be responsible to do the research so that you can make the best decision.
There are ways that trainers can hone their nutrition knowledge. There are some reputable certifications and continuing education programs by which trainers can obtain this knowledge. However, even with that, their scope is still limited compared to a Registered Dietitian or Licensed Nutritionist.
So why am I going to blog about it you ask? Great question again, thank you for asking! It really comes down to the fact that without proper nutrition (fuel) the work you put into your training will be all for not. I feel it is my responsibility as a trainer to guide you in the right direction so that you can optimize your results. I will not prescribe a diet plan, or say one is better than another. Rather, I will make recommendations on how you can make small changes that will help you.
With all of that being said, I am going to layout my philosophy in nutrition. Keep in mind, I am not an expert and most of these blogs will be based on personal experience and anecdotal evidence. I should mention that I have done more education than just a chapter or book on the subject, but I still do not consider myself an expert. So, for those of you looking for expert advice I can refer you to a good Registered Dietitian.
Stay tuned for more!