This trainer is currently advertising herself (via her ACE Fitness profile) as “specializing in nutrition”. She gives advice on everything from nutrition for disease management to herbs and supplements (without knowing an individual’s medical background). She criticized an entire profession of nutritional professionals who debated her “advice”, by telling them to “shove it”. She also promotes both self-diagnosis and self-medicating. She hosts a Facebook page in which she advises the public based primarily on her biased nutrition opinions. According to ACE Fitness, she checked the box herself stating that she specialized in nutrition. When asked why she was allowed to deceive the public with these claims, the ACE chat operator became belligerent.
I hold my personal trainer certification with NASM. They recommend we have a general understanding of basic nutrition and weight management to provide general guidance. It is common for my clients to ask me questions about nutrition and what they should eat to fuel their workouts. Suggestions for food preparation, healthy snacks, hydration, carbohydrate, protein and fat basics are all within our scope as trainers. If I happen to read information regarding a certain herb, vitamin or mineral supplement I am happy to share the source of information and then direct them to speak to their physician to make sure it is right for them. I feel confident in educating my clients in helping them to make healthy food choices with factual information. For instance, I am confident everyone should avoid trans fat. That would be a subject I might have with new clients when helping them make healthy food choices. Sounds basic but it is amazing how something as simple as avoiding trans fats can help a client who may have otherwise not known.
Hope this helps!
Last I heard there are no laws stopping people from calling themselves a nutritionist. The line is drawn at being a Registered Dietitian.
However; we all know our strengths, if we are not trained or truly knowledgeable, partner up with someone who is. It will be better in the long run for everyone, You can find people to cross refer.
Win – wins are the best!