What You Eat Is Very Important…and Advice Should 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, very few have any formal training other than a weekend class in nutrition. They get the vast majority of their information much the same way you do; watching TV and reading what they happen to find on the internet. Some even provide free meal plans; which are produced by a program they bought or a subscription to an on-line service. Bottom line, they really fully understand very little. They often call themselves “nutritionists” because there is no licensing or qualification needed to be called a “nutritionist”.
At Lady Trainers To Go, we take a different approach. Every member of our ladies nutrition staff is a Registered and Licensed Dietician, in medical terms an RD/LD. To become an RD/LD they must 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 extensive knowledge is far from anything a personal trainer can provide and they are qualified to work alongside doctors as part of a health care provider team.
Our approach to maintaining a healthy diet is also different than you’ll find anywhere else. Our female dieticians work with our clients to help them transform their eating habits one meal at a time, over time. For example, during your first consultation with one of our dieticians they will talk to you about what you currently eat for breakfast, changes that you’re willing to make, and food that you like to eat. From that point, they’ll 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 modifications 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 consideration 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 almost any situation you happen to find yourself in.
Finally, if your dietician suggests using supplements they’ll explain why they’ve made the recommendation and let you know where you can get the supplements.
It’s important for you to know that personal trainers are continuously being contacted by vitamin companies to sell supplements. So they’ll often, with no 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 up to 80% of what you paid for the vitamins. We believe this approach is unhealthy and highly unethical.
Bottom line, we have spent years understanding 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 with the education that you need along with your personal trainer.