I understand my scope of practice and state that very clearly whenever a bootcamper or client asks me questions about food. However I feel it’s ok to express an opinion in order to guide that person in the right direction without writing out a food plan, after all they need to figure that out themselves.
I tell them this:
Basically I believe in the theory of Michael Pollan: Eat Real Food: Plant Based: Stay Away from Packaged Food:
Not very easy in today’s world: Take a look at grocery stores: Filled with “foods” that last for years! Our bodies are not able to chemically recognize the chemicals most people eat because it’s not real food.
Food Rules By Michael Pollan
In Defense of Food by M. Pollan
With all due respect “Anonymous,” most trainers do understand legal risk in this profession, and many carry insurance. I have worked with literally hundreds of trainers from all over the nation over a 27 year span, and I have never known one of them that got sued talking about nutrition. You apparently know “trainers” (plural) that have been sued?” Really? How wacky are the trainers you are associating with? In fact, I have not known even one trainer in 27 years who has been sued for anything related to fitness and nutrition. Not saying that it can’t happen, but usually for a lawsuit to occur, the information given has to be really crazy and the damages caused have to be fairly significant. That is very very rare in this industry, even with many trainers saying crazy stuff. But the fact that you know “trainers” that have been sued really concerns me more about your associations. Humm. As I stated earlier, nutrition is very very simple. A plant-based diet is the healthiest diet for humans. Animal protein and dairy cause a multitude of health problems in human beings. To the extent that most trainers on this site simply have not a clue about this information is alarming to say the least. Furthermore, this training industry has exacerbated the problem by trying to limit the “scope of practice” to not include dietary advice. It is not possible to separate fitness and nutrition, and can easily be taught by a personal trainer. Most Registered Dietitians advocate the Food Pyramid, now food plate, which is so ignorant of correct dietary fact and science that it is mortifying. To consider government food recommendations the standard the optimal dietary health is equally mortifying. So really, the average trainer couldn’t do anymore damage to a persons health than your average R.D. Having said that, there are some good R.D.’s out there advocating animal free plant-based diets. The whole idea of limiting a trainers “scope of practice” is all about “turf control” by the American Dietetic Society, and nothing else. They push this idea that nutrition is somehow really complicated and way out of the scope of trainers, and that only R.D.’s should be able to do this. This is complete nonsense to say the least! Truth is, they don’t want the competition.
So many personal trainers and R.D.’s advocate dairy and whey protein drinks. Whey is dairy. It is a well known fact through much research that dairy is one of the most carcinogenic foods that a human can consume in his or her lifetime. But, trainers and dietitians both recommend this crap. Where is the outrage over this??? Or is everyone not aware of this and still in the dark ages about the subject? Simply put, humans should not be nursing a cow at any point in their life. We are not cows. Watching this video might be a start for many of you, http://www.milkdocumentary.com/ . I would also recommend reading, “The China Study.” the most significant dietary research ever conducted in human history.
Listen all of you potentially great trainers out there, quick referring your nutrition out to R.D.’s, educate yourself on the value of a plant-based diet, research the references provided above, quit being a victim to “not my scope of practice” nonsense, and start giving accurate dietary recommendations to your clients based on good solid science. Furthermore, make money for this service. Nutrition should be well within your scope if you will just educate yourself a little.
@LORA…you are totally right. Fitness and personal trainers alike need to understand this clearly! They can only give advice. Most will not understand it until it becomes a “LEGAL” matter. If you are not an R.D. you cannot prescribe meal plans, you must protect yourself and just give advice. But with in this world of “fitness experts” carrying online nutrition certifications and giving magazine based advice to not good. Furthermore, a lot of these personal trainers don’t even carry insurance to cover themselves if sued on the grounds of giving illegal nutritional meal plans and prescriptions. Trust it can get very legal very quick, sadly I know trainers that have been sued, and carried no insurance and were not R.D.’s
FYI: Supplement prescriptions counts as well, and most don’t have a clue about food drug interaction, as they go about recommending/ prescribing Fat-burners to possible risk-clients unknowingly.
So according to most of you if I ‘feel’ like I know what I’m talking about them I’m good to go? So if I ‘feel’ like I could diagnose an injury then I should and then proceed to fix it on my own?
Yes I agree, nutrition really is very basic, but due to all of the conflicting theories and fad diets out there people get lost. Yes, as a certified personal trainer you are allowed to help people understand the basics of nutrition, but it is outside of my scope to create a detailed nutritional program for them.
Just because someone wants to call themselves a nutritionist does not mean they know what they are talking about. Alot of states do not recognize the title ‘nutritionist’ so unless you are an R.D. leave nutrition up to the experts.