You may ask yourself, “How much do you need to know about nutrition to be a personal trainer?” First of all, a personal trainer is not a nutritionist or a dietitian, that is a different degree or certification (you can become certified for that and greatly increase your marketability). Although we are not nutritionists and should not prescribe diets, we still need to be educated on publicized Government recommendations.
When it comes to the line between nutritionists and personal trainers the Aerobic and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) has this to say,
“…personal trainers have the a responsibility to provide educational information about the fundamentals of appropriate diets. Clients with special dietary needs and problems … must be referred to a registered dietitian or similar professional (trainers must not “prescribe a diet”). Otherwise, information that is educational in nature and in the public domain, such as that from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Guide Pyramid, can and should be shared with clients.”
During your personal trainer course you will have to learn and understand the ins and outs of macro-nutrients and their background. Fear not, the program will help walk you through this and teach you everything you need to know. When it comes to nutrition, you should be educated enough to answer any nutrition questions they may have or be able to point them in the right direction. Remember that we are here to help.
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