What You Eat Is Important…and Advice Should Only Be Provided By Licensed Professionals.
Let’s start with a little basic education. Virtually every single personal trainer claims to be a nutrition expert. While in reality, not many have had any formal training apart from a weekend class in nutrition. They get almost all of their information the same way you do; watching TV and reading whatever they happen to find online. Some even offer free meal plans; which are produced by a program they bought or a subscription to an on-line service. Bottom line, they actually know very little. They may call themselves “nutritionists” because there’s simply no licensing or qualification needed to be called a “nutritionist”.
At Lady Trainers To Go, we take a different approach. Each and every member of our ladies nutrition staff is a Registered and Licensed Dietician, in medical terms an RD/LD. In order to become an RD/LD they need to have a four year degree in dietetics, complete an extensive internship at a medical facility, pass an exhaustive examination with the American Dietetic Association, and be licensed by the state of Texas. Their considerable knowledge is far from anything a personal trainer can provide and they’re qualified to work alongside medical professionals as part of a health care provider team.
Our approach to maintaining a healthy diet is also different than you will find elsewhere. Our female dieticians work with our clients to help them change their eating style 1 meal at a time, over time. For example, during your initial consultation with one of our dieticians they will talk to you about what you currently eat for breakfast, changes you are willing to make, and food that you like to eat. From that point, they will recommend small changes that won’t overwhelm you and that you’ll enjoy. Subsequent consultations will take place to see how you’re doing with the changes they recommended, make adjustments if needed, and cover other meals and snacking.
Why do we take this “one meal at a time” approach? It’s simple. Meal plans are infamously difficult to stick to, overwhelm you with massive changes to your diet, don’t take into account your likes and dislikes, and don’t teach you anything. Our goal is to teach you how to eat well on your own so you can make the right choices in any situation you happen to find yourself in.
Finally, if your dietician suggests supplementation they will explain why they’ve made the recommendation and let you know where you can get the supplements.
It’s important for you to be aware that personal trainers are continuously being approached by vitamin companies to sell supplements. So they’ll frequently, without any medical basis, sell you the supplements a vitamin company recommends. What they don’t let you know is they get a commission check back from the vitamin company for as much as 80% of what you paid for the vitamins. We feel this approach is unhealthy and highly unethical.
Bottom line, we’ve spent years learning what works best for our clients and it’s a “one meal at a time” approach taught by experts. If you truly want to make a manageable change in your eating habits which will last a lifetime, we’re the only service that will provide you the education that you need along with your personal trainer.