I let my clients know that for me to give meals plans is outside of my scope of practice and I am not licensed to do so… With that said, I do offer advice on how to balance ones MACROS, and help them understand the importance of a diet heavy in vegetables, fruits and good fats partnered with clean proteins and complex carbs.
They are always happy to hear my honesty and find my simple advice easy to follow. But when/if i feel they need actual help by a professional I partner up with local dietitians that i trust and send them to the professional.
To Mr. Don Walker
I know I am fairly late to be throwing my opinion in.
First of all thank you, because in spite of all the comments against your argument you are the only person providing creditable sources. And I can tell you are very educated, passionate and have a great deal of experience in your profession simply by reading your comments. There is a distinct difference in how you approached, explained, and handle your argument compared to these other comments. this in fact is one of the many reasons I find your information well thought out, well researched, and creditable. Common sense and even a little bit of thinking can prove your information to be correct. for those who still are not convinced. Mr. Walker has provided a large amount of information you can research if you have doubts or questions. there is a lot of learning and improving that can be done by us all I suggest we take this information from a professional view and accept or deny it constructively. Do the research, its not that hard to figure out what’s true and what’s really affective. Open your mind and look at it from various different perspective’s the truth is not that hard to find.
Nutrition is very complex and meal plans should be handled strictly by a RD, however I believe that good trainers can make healthy recommendations and hold clients accountable for their eating habits. Some of it is common sense – stay away from processed foods, refined salts and sugars, foods high in fat, excessive amounts of alcohol. These are typically what clients struggle with the most so help them make that lifestyle change but don’t write them meal plans.
A specific meal-by-meal nutrition program design is within the scope of practice of a registered dietitian, who can also acquire insurance for such consultation.
Discussion of general principles of sensible nutrition habits, guidelines recommended by the American Dietetics Assoc. (ADA), suggestions from the Food Guide Pyramid, and ideas gleaned from current research, I believe, is within the scope for certified personal trainers.