@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.