Am I allowed to make diet plans for clients?
I am an ACE CPT, but I am also taking the specialty certification ACE offers for fitness nutrition. I understand that certain states require you to be licensed, certified, registered or no prerequisites to do so. I live in New York, which is a state that requires certification. I am just a bit unclear as to what my scope of practice is, within the state, once I obtain the fitness nutrition cert.
it is my understanding that you can talk in general terms about food with your clients but NOT give specific meal plans, even if you have a specialty certification. That is the reason that ACE recently linked up with Evolution Nutrition. Here is a link to that information http://www.acefitness.org/evolutionnutrition/default.aspx.
I'm with Karin on this one. This is the reason why I like to refer my clients to RDs for more specific diet plans.
Hope that answer clears things up for you! Its great to know that there are still some ethical trainers out there trying to do the right thing!
I agree that giving out specific meal plans is not within the scope of our practice as personal trainers. Specific meal plans should be done by a Registered Dietician. However, we definitely need to educate our clients about proper nutrition through general guidelines. This will help your client to understand that food is fuel, and hopefully empower them to make healthy choices on their own. Education is key--teach them to eat healthy and they will thank you!
Best of luck to you.
Certification will allow you to use the protected title. There is no scope of practice in NY for dietetics.
Kevin T. Kroencke
Education Credential Specialist I
NYS Education Department
NYS Board for Medicine,
Veterinary Medicine, Dietetics and Nutrition,
Athletic Training and Medical Physics
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Hello, I am an ACE certified personal trainer, in the state of New York. I am currently working on the ACE specialty certification for fitness nutrition, and I understand that New York does not require a license, but only a certification. Will this certification allow me to create meal plans for clients, while remaining within my scope of practice?
However, New York does not seem to regulate specifically what work you will do with either title. Although I am not a lawyer, and if I were planning to practice in New York I would probably seek the advice of one before starting my business. And even if the lawyer tells you that the state only regulates the title you may use and not the services you offer I think you should also check with your insurance company to determine if they will cover you dispensing nutritional services with the certificate. We live in a litigious society, and you want to make sure that you are covered so you do not end up loosing a lot more than you gained by moving into this market.
Also consider that you are in a legal position of strength if you follow not just what you are allowed to do by law, but what the standard is within your industry.
Finally, take some time to decide not just what you may do, but what your certification and training really prepare you to be able to do. Meal planning involves a lot of issues beyond limiting fats and eating more vegetables. Will you only work with healthy individuals without known disease or risk factors? How will you handle the issue of what medications and supplements they take? There are potentially life threatening issues such as allergies, or anemia, or malabsorption of nutrients.... I do not have the cert. you took, so I do not know how in depth the material is, or what your educational background is .... those things will matter to your decision.
Obesity is a serious health issue, as is the proliferation of what Pollan calls edible food like substances, and profit driven over processed packaged junk marketed in pretty packages. But we need to fight it from a position of strength.
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Good luck moving forward
I want to echo Ariadne's advice. I also hold a specialty certification in fitness nutrition, except mine is through NASM rather than ACE. My certification still does not allow me to dispense specific advice. What I took away from my certification is that the possible interactions are so complex that I would not dare to make specific recommendations to my clients but will refer them to their doctor or a licensed specialist in the field.
You can also check with ACE as the organization through which you currently take the nutrition certification and ask for their input. After all, you are pointing to their certification as the grounds on which you feel qualified to do so.
Specific meal plans, no.
General proper balanced nutrition, yes; such as DASH and MyPlate.
NAPS 2 B Fit
I am an IIFYM advocate and I recommend clients follow this simple idea to limit calories and monitor macros.
I've seen some very good results with training and advising clients to adhere to a structured diet.