What You Eat Is Important…and Advice Should Only Be Provided By Licensed Professionals.
Let’s begin with some basic education. Just about every single personal trainer claims to be a nutrition expert. When in reality, very few have any formal training aside from a weekend training course in nutrition. They get almost all of their information exactly the same way you do; watching TV and reading what they happen to find on the web. Some even offer free meal plans; which are produced by a software program they bought or a subscription to an on-line service. In a nutshell, they actually know almost nothing. They may call themselves “nutritionists” because there’s simply no licensing or qualification necessary 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 a comprehensive test 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 medical professionals as part of a health care provider team.
Our approach to eating healthy is also different than you’ll 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, changes 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 find out how you are doing with the changes they recommended, make adjustments if required, 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 well on your own so you can make the right choices in any situation you happen to find yourself in.
Finally, if your dietician recommends supplementation 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 be aware that personal trainers are continuously being contacted by vitamin companies to sell supplements. So they’ll often, without any medical basis, sell you the supplements a vitamin company recommends. What they don’t tell you is they get a commission check back from the vitamin company for as much as 80% of what you paid for the vitamins. We believe 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 that will last a lifetime, we’re the only service that will provide you the education that you need along with your personal trainer.