What You Eat Is Very Important…and Advice Only Be Provided By Licensed Professionals.
Let’s begin with some basic education. Just about every personal trainer claims to be a nutrition expert. When in fact, not many have any formal training apart from a weekend training course in nutrition. They get almost all of their knowledge exactly the same way you do; watching TV and reading what they happen to find on the web. Several even provide free meal plans; which are created by a program they bought or a subscription to an on-line service. In a nutshell, they really know almost nothing. They may call themselves “nutritionists” because there is simply no licensing or qualification required to be called a “nutritionist”.
At Lady Trainers To Go, we have a different approach. Every member of our women’s nutrition staff is a Registered and Licensed Dietician, in medical terms an RD/LD. In order to become an RD/LD they have to have a four year degree in dietetics, complete an extensive internship at a healthcare facility, pass a comprehensive test 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 habits one 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, adjustments that you are willing to make, and food that you like to eat. From there, they will recommend small changes that won’t overwhelm you and that you’re going to enjoy. Subsequent consultations will take place to see how you are doing with the changes they recommended, make adjustments if needed, and cover other meals and snacking.
Exactly why do we take this “one meal at a time” approach? It’s simple. Meal plans are infamously difficult to stick with, 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 correctly 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’ll explain why they’ve made the recommendation and let you know where you can purchase the supplements.
It’s important for you to be aware that personal trainers are constantly being contacted 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 have 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 that will last a lifetime, we’re the only service that will provide you the education that you need along with your personal trainer.