When studying to be a Level 3 PT, I studied and achieved the Level 3 Exercise Based Nutritional Advise qualification. This enables me to give exercise based nutritional advice, and guidance to my Personal Training clients; it gives me a good base knowledge of Nutrition. This is quite an in-depth qualification, I had a very knowledgeable lecturer, and some hard exams to pass.
I’ve been confident in my nutritional knowledge over my first few years practising but I think it is so important to keep learning, all the time! It’s important to keep reading new studies and articles and ensure I am up together.
You can always learn more!
So in 2016, I took it upon myself to develop my qualifications further. In April I took part in a 2-day course in Canary Wharf London with LDNM, more info here. After 2 days of studying, I refreshed and updated my current knowledge, and learnt a lot of new things. This course was more scientifically backed with again, a very knowledgable tutor. Following the achievement of my exam I now hold the qualification of Nutrition Coach.
If you are wanting to lose weight, gain weight, gain muscle, change body shape or just improve your personal knowledge on Nutrition, I can help you. I offer an initial consultation where we can gather your personal information, and a little bit more information about your goals. Following that, I would “do your maths” and work out some specific things including; your BMR, TDEE, both based upon your weight and activity levels.
- BMR: Basic Metabolic Rate
- TDEE: Total Daily Energy Expenditure
Following these, I can then draw up your personalised Nutritional programme with your specific macronutrient requirements. This all sounds very ‘techy’ but that’s not for you to worry about. I always like to educate my clients as I want you to be able to understand your own nutrition, so along with your personalised programme will come a fool proof guide to your diet. (Your diet never being referred to as a short period of time – your diet is what you put into your body). These specifics aren’t for everyone and I’m a big advocate for a simple balanced approach to Nutrition, and for most people, this suits just fine; most importantly, whatever Nutrition approach you choose to adopt in your life, it needs to be sustainable and tailored to you, personally (especially if you have allergies or sensitivities to certain foods). Always seek professional advise from a qualified person when you’re unsure.
Similar to exercise, Nutrition is about so much more than balancing out your weight; good diet choices help you live a longer, healthier life. I strongly believe that no food group or anything specific should ever be cut from your diet, and equally you shouldn’t deprive yourself of anything you love. Everything is needed for a well rounded diet, just in moderation. Too much of anything isn’t good, inside and out of Nutrition. It’s what you do most of the time that counts, the odd binge burger with limited Nutritional quality on the weekend will not affect you negatively – only if you have that every day. Keep yourself sane, enjoy food, life is short!
Why not start some positive Nutritional choices today?