An introduction to dieting and nutrition.
Dieting and nutrition aren’t seen in the same way by most people. You will be required to understand the difference between these differences and what it means medically. As there are distinct advice that should be given to people as you personalise their training. Review https://www.bda.uk.com/improvinghealth/yourhealth/dietitian_nutritionist for more information about the differences here.
The bottom line for personal trainers is that nutrition is going to be a big part of being an effective personal trainer. And to fine tune your clients so they are fitness machines they are going need the right fuel. Weight loss might be high on your clients hit list of where they want to be. Understanding a person’s Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) is the rate at which the body uses energy while at rest to maintain vital functions such as breathing and keeping warm.
Those that eat too few calories will actually slow their BMR down, making the weight loss process much harder. However, those that lead more active lifestyles will speed their BMR up, making weight loss much more likely because they’re burning more calories through the day. It’s all about getting the balance right; just because you may lead an active lifestyle, it doesn’t mean you can eat as much as you like and maintain a healthy weight, Nutrition is key! Read our full guide to nutrition here.
Dieting and nutrition conjure up different things in people’s minds depending on their own dieting experience. The word diet is often associated with a short term change to your eating habits, usually drastic changes, with the view to shed some unwanted pounds for a particular event (e.g. holiday, wedding etc.). People who tend to do these ‘crash’ diets often find that their weight fluctuates as once the event is over, normal eating habits resume. This inevitably leads to weight gain, before the next crash diet begins to lose weight for the next event.
Red meats, and fatty cuts of meat should be avoided, or at least reduced in our diets. These meats will contain high amounts of protein but the fat that they also contain increases cholesterol and, well, they’re fattier!
Supplements can also ensure that you take on the required amount of lean protein a day, essential if you’re looking to build muscle, strength, or tone. Talk to Body Focus about the right supplementary products for your clients.