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7/26/13 3:10 P

Thanks everyone! She actually did mean only turkey, eggs, chicken, fish, and the yogurt with oat bran for sugar/fiber. She didn't make any mistakes. She's a really good trainer as far as fitness goes, so I'm going to keep working with her for the next couple of weeks before I go back to school. However, I am not following her diet advice. I enjoy food too much! Thanks for all of the support though to help me realize that I wasn't crazy for thinking she was crazy!

ANNAFRECKER SparkPoints: (0)
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7/25/13 6:02 P

I am a trainer, certified and trained in nutrition to boot. It all depends on who you get your certification through. Unfortunately not all gyms hire certified-only trainers. That advice is not sound, typically, going by the average American diet, eating clean tends to shock the system enough into losing those initial 5 pounds quickly. I got my certification through NCSF, we are taught not just exercise principles but nutrition too. Not all associations do that. Hire another trainer if you really feel that you need extra help in the nutrition department, if not, give them a shot and see how you feel after a few sessions.

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
7/25/13 11:07 A

I guessing your trainer meant protein not meats ( Yogurt isn't a meat, unless I am mistaken ), but these also have some carbs, and fat. It worries me that your trainer either thinks they are meats, or that they think they only have protein in them.

I am on very low carb, and still eat plenty of vegetables along with my meats. I DO limit beef, and avoid pork. I would hire A trainer ( fire this one ) for exercise advice, unless they have a degree. If not, just have them work you out, and hire a dietitian for nutrition advice. Most trainers are just including what they think is good nutritional advice the picked up at the gym, because they can jack up the rate they charge by including advice they got for free. 100 % profit.

So you are already paying for a trainer, and a dietitian, but while they may be great trainers, and understand muscle, as far as nutrition goes, they went to the University of Meathead. If you find a trainer that only does workouts, they will be a lot cheaper, and then you can afford professional advice with the extra. A few get lucky and find a trainer with a degree in nutrition. This seems like a logical addition for a trainer, but most don't put in the work. They just assume you should eat like they do. Chicken breasts, and egg whites.. yum!

If it doesn't work for you, then you are a failure!! Give me 25 crunches Flabby! This is why no one calls out these trainers. Most trainers work at certain gyms. Ask them for references, so you can talk to people who have succeeded with them. Talk to other gym members. Usually you will find that many of the people using these trainers are having little success, but think the fault lies with them. At this point, they could be a failure on their own, for free, but they think they will eventually absorb the wisdom of this trainer, and everything will work out in the end.

Find yourself a good trainer, and someone to help you with your diet, whether it be 1 or 2 people, and make sure you are comfortable with their plan, since it will be your plan once you start paying them.

ANARIE Posts: 13,200
7/24/13 6:57 P

Don't tell your trainer anything. Just fire her.

Seriously, this is like a driving instructor telling you that you'll drive better if you relax with a beer first, or your mechanic telling you that you should let the car run for a few minutes in the garage to warm it up, or your bank teller suggesting that you e-mail your checking account number to companies instead of using online bill pay. She has given you potentially dangerous recommendations, and you shouldn't go back. It's up to you whether you report her to her boss; it would be a favor to future clients, but if you're not comfortable with it, you don't have to feel obligated.

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7/24/13 6:30 P

We are each an experiment of ONE...partly due to the fact that we each do have a unique chemistry and balance within. -- If in fact this diet/food method works for this trainer, I would NOT assume that it is a fit for you.

I've had trainers suggest that I limit my salad blends due to calorie content of seeds, etc. But if that is one way for me to up my protein, then I feel that I need to do what works for ME. Balance is necessary, and the suggestion made to you certainly does not seem sustainable or balanced!

MEGAPEEJ Posts: 732
7/24/13 3:01 P

Wow, I've heard some crazy trainer-that-thinks-they're-a-dietician stories, but eating NOTHING but meat for 5 days a week - yeah, that's some unsound advice right there.

I would do as some other posters said and ask where they got their degree in nutrition (and bet some money that they didn't) and then say you would rather follow a more balanced diet with things like fruits and vegetables included.

DMJAKES Posts: 1,635
7/24/13 1:59 P

If you're sure you didn't misunderstand her, I would follow the previous poster's suggestion and let her know you don't want to follow such an extreme plan. Perhaps ask her to clarify first, just in case she didn't make herself clear or you misunderstood. But, as another poster mentioned, she shouldn't be giving nutritional advice anyway, unless she's got the certification to do so.

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7/24/13 1:46 P

I think she meant that Chicken and fish are better, heath wise than beef or pork. I am a big fan of this. My family does not eat beef often, every once in a while, a good burger. But Never pork.. Turkey bacon, or turkey jerky-Yes..Good Luck.

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,764
7/17/13 8:04 P

He/She sounds like they need retraining.

BREWMASTERBILL SparkPoints: (31,088)
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7/17/13 3:31 P

It's posts like these that make me want to go hug my trainer.

NHELENE Posts: 1,505
7/17/13 12:42 P

Tell your trainer that you have been doing your own research and that you're uncomfortable with such an extreme diet plan. Tell him/her that you are trying to make lifestyle decisions that you can stick with long-term and that you would rather not do anything to "shock your system" such as cutting out entire food groups or severely limiting calories.

Remember, you are paying this person to give you advice, and to help you push yourself, NOT to make decisions for you. If you feel that you're being asked to do something legitimately unhealthy, don't be afraid to voice your opinion.

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,301
7/17/13 12:27 P

Personally, I'd ask the trainer in a rather casual sort of way, "So.... where did you get your degree in nutrition?"

7/17/13 12:03 P

LOL. I will say that you do eat 1 1/2 tablespoons of oat bran a day to help with that problem! I definitely agree with you, and everyone else. I'm just not sure how to tell my trainer that....haha

CHEETARA79 Posts: 3,946
7/17/13 11:56 A

Sounds like a great way to get incredibly constipated!

Seriously though, you need fruits, veggies and other delightful stuff in your diet. I would personally not do anything to lose weight that I can't sustain for the rest of my life, that includes a 5 day diet.

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7/17/13 11:10 A

I would find a trainer who doesn't subscribe to weird nutritional thoughts. They're not supposed to be telling you to follow this or that diet anyway.

If you like the trainer otherwise, ignore those recommendations. That's a great way to end up with nutritional imbalances, which will shock yout body all right, but not in the way you want.

7/17/13 11:00 A

I thought it sounded a little strange too. I looked it up, and I think it's the Dukan Diet. I really want to see results and have a very hard time losing weight and don't want to go against what she said, but I also don't think that I want to be on this diet either...I could probably do the 5 days thing, but I'm not really feeling the rest of it. I enjoy food too much!

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
7/17/13 10:46 A

Not all trainers (or even doctors) have studied nutrition extensively.
Some make up things, or get their information from other unreliable sources.

I'd definitely find out if yours is of that nature before following ANY plan they gave me regarding nutrition. Let them stick with what they've trained to teach (hopefully) - exercise/fitness.

GDBEAR65 SparkPoints: (0)
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7/17/13 10:42 A

Your trainer's recommendation is not sound. I suggest trying to find a trainer who actually knows a thing or two about sports nutrition.

If you want to gain muscle it starts with eating clean (no junk, minimal processed foods) - there's no need to "shock" the body. No matter what you are doing you require a basic level of nutrition you won't get from eating only a few foods.

Edited by: GDBEAR65 at: 7/17/2013 (10:45)
BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
7/17/13 10:33 A

Wow. Shock your body, yeah, that might.

If you're doing strength training, it is a good idea to pay close attention to getting-enough-protein, and it's always a good idea to limit "junk/refined carbs" but that recommendation? is way out there. You still need your carbs.... 5 days without a fruit or vegetable?! That's not right. She can't possibly have any legit "nutritionist" credentials if she is suggesting this.

7/17/13 10:27 A

So I met with a trainer for the first time today, and she wants me to only eat meats (chicken, fish, egg whites, and yogurt -- no beef or pork) for 5 days. She says this will shock my body and will help my muscles in the starting phase. Is this ok?

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