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8/27/13 3:12 P


You were RIGHT !! Unless your personal trainer is a state certified dietitian, they are NOT supposed to be giving out dietary advice beyond the food pyramid. I'm a certified personal trainer and was told specifically in my training that I should only give basic dietary advice. People looking for more beyond that need to talk to their doctor or a certified dietitian.

Your trainer may understand everything about fitness, but recommending what a person should and shouldn't eat is a different set of skills. What we learn in training isn't enough when you consider how different everyone is. Your trainer should not be telling you to eliminate diary or any other food group.

You put your foot down and let your trainer know that you feel their remarks are crossing a line. You might also talk to their manager. Of course, the problem ? Your PT may be in a situation where they are forced to sell company products. Has this PT been pushing supplements on you too ? If so, just say no. Unfortunately, there are gyms that have their PTs sell company products.

You really are in the right. If this trainer persists, talk to their manager or fire them. You can fire your trainer and get someone different.

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8/27/13 3:01 P

You are totally correct that in most states, unless a trainer is also a Registered Dietican he/she can't give more than general diet advice. You also were totally right to express your desires for how the time should be spent (on exercise, not diet)?

Frankly, given his reaction to having his advice contradicted by someone licensed to give such advice (aka your doctor), this guy sounds like a real piece of work. If it were me, depending on how many sessions I had left and how much I actually liked the guy, I'd look into switching trainers. Stick to your guns nutritionally and do what your doctor advises/works for you. If he gets any kind of attitude over it, drop him like a hot potato.

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8/27/13 2:24 P

Hey Everyone!!

I normally don't post questions because normally all of my questions are answered from other posters. However, I do have a question that I sort of wanted to get opinions or input on from others.

So this past summer I've been busting my butt to lose the last 25 pounds before my fall marathon (I have about 5 pounds left to go) and am super happy. I've totally cleaned up my diet, which was by biggest downfall, and added more strength training. Rather than seeing a registered dietitian I've gone to my doctor who has been great at helping me get my diet under control (she happens to specialize in weight loss management). Since I was pretty clueless about strength training I decided to hire a personal trainer for the summer. My goal with this personal trainer, which I made clear in the beginning, was to increase my strength so I could burn more calories and improve my flexibility to help with running.

Currently my diet/exercise plan is working. I've been consistently losing about .5-1 pound a week, I feel great, and I am getting faster. The problem I am having is with this personal trainer. Recently now, every time I see him all he talks about is diet. In the beginning it was more general information (i.e. eat more protein, drink more water, etc) which was fine. Now he is criticising my diet to the point where he is arguing what my doctor is advising. For example, he tells me I shouldn't be eating any type of dairy and that I should only eat fruit first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. I eat cheese and plain greek yogurt (low/non fat) throughout the day because I like it. The only time of day I really don't eat fruit is before bed. His reasoning behind the fruit is that it sits in your stomach and turns into glucose which then turns into fat. I understand if I was not exercising at the level that I am but I'm training for a marathon so I need the carbs and sugar otherwise I will hit the wall. I have read the whole debate about dairy/fruit but I feel that as long as you eat it in moderation then it's fine and this is what is working for me.

When I mentioned that I talked to my doctor about my diet the first thing he said is that she is not an expert in nutrition. When he said this I told him I did not want to talk to him about diet and I just want to focus on the exercise piece with him. I understand that diet plays a huge role in weightloss and how well you exercise but I feel that I have a good support system with my doctor and I don't need someone contradicting what she says, especially with what I am doing is working. My understanding is that unless a personal trainer has a degree or certification they cannot give specific diet advice. They can only give general advice. Am I correct in this understanding?

Was I out of line when I expressed that I did not want to discuss diet with him? I get 30 minutes a week with him and I want that 30 minutes to be spent learning about proper ways to lift weights, and getting stronger. I feel that I am the paying customer and that I should be able to express what I want without feeling guilty or criticized for seeking advice from other resources.

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