Hi, I am currently practising writing up diet plans and just wanted to know that once I have worked out my clients calories intake and macronutrients , do I write them a set meal and the amount they should eat and what they eat eg 2 slices of whole meal bread , or do I give them a range of meals to choose from a macronutrients list eg- breakfast - protein , and give them a range they should choose from and so on for fats and carbs . All would be healthy options and the amount they should have corresponding there calories goal.
I am not sure whether you are in the US since your profile does not give any location and I am wondering whether you may live in another country.
Writing meal plans is not allowed for personal trainers here unless they are also registered dietitians.
Sometimes scope of practice is defined by law, and sometimes not. Generally though there are common standards. In addition if one belongs to a profession generally there is an organization that serves to set professional standards and codes of conduct within the industry. So for doctors there is the AMA, for psychiatrists they also have the APA, and so on.
IDEA is an organization that serves this purpose for professionals in the fitness industry. The general codes of conduct and scope of practice suggest strongly that one not do meal plans for clients unless one has specific credentialing as a nutritionist or dietitian.
As you have seen there are plenty of people within the industry that do not follow that practice. You will need to decide whether you want to tack close to the wind and make the money for doing this, or not. That is an ethical decision. Of course it can have legal ramifications as well. Some jurisdictions do set standards. You are well advised to see what those are where you are. In addition consider the worst case scenario. Suppose you have a client with an underlying medical condition who responds badly to something you suggest and becomes ill or dies? Will your insurance company cover you if you are offering services other than those for which you are covered?
Moreover, do you feel that you have a full enough knowledge of the excessively complex science of food to give actual meal plans? My son knows how to go into the weight room and lift weights to make his muscles stronger, but he is not then able to act as a professional trainer.
And don't get me started on supplements.
Good luck with this. These are issues everyone has to grapple with. As long as we remember that truth and honor and integrity are the cornerstones of a life well lived we will have good guidance in figuring things out.
you can certainly give them a ballpark figure. I often use a rule of thumb number to estimate the basic metabolic rate. It is their weight in pounds multiplied by 10 (that's weight in kilos x 22) and advise not to eat any less if they are looking for weight loss. I also discuss the quality of food, processed vs unprocessed, the importance of fruit and vegetables, the general rule for protein intake (.8 grams per kilogram of body weight for the general population) and possible deviations for exercisers. There is a lot you can talk about.
I never talk about supplements other than to say that a multivitamin is generally recommended. Supplements are a really thorny field. They can also interact with medication. Here in the US, they are not regulated by the FDA, and you don't even know whether the label on the bottle corresponds to the content inside.
I am with everyone else on this one: give out general knowledge without pinpointing details just in case there is something the client does not disclose and to stay within our scope of practice. If the client still wants a detailed menu plan, I suggest that they meet with a registered dietitian.
Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit.
You get what you pay for in this case and with your workouts. If you haven't spent 100s of hours studying diet and exercise, you are most likely wasting time and money. Hire professionals and get better results.
Or give your money to some online pretty face that is genetically gifted, but promises you results like theirs even though they never met you.