The Nutritional Scope of Practice For Personal Trainers

Is it illegal for personal trainers to give nutritional advice and programming to their clients?

There is a lot of attention in the media recently on qualifications and nutrition, and who is allowed to say and do what. This blog will look at what a Personal Trainer can and can’t do.

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Myths: Eating Carbohydrates On A Diet

One of the biggest misconceptions around today is that you should limit your carbohydrate intake when trying to lose weight. Myths like these have been given credibility due to high-profile stars like Jennifer Aniston claiming that they lost an incredible amount of weight by strictly following diets like the Atkins diet. Without going into the physiology behind this, it is simple enough to say that your body needs carbs to function, particularly those with an active lifestyle or who do a considerable amount of exercise.

When a person exercises regularly, their kilojoule requirements can often double and in some cases even treble. As carbs are the principal source of energy they are essential in all diets but especially for an active person.

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Fat Burning Exercise: The Facts

Health magazines are always full of new ways to burn fat faster then ever before. Modest to wild claims occurs on a monthly basis as to what method is best to use. For the layperson , what is fact and what is fiction.

There are two methods to get the body to burn fat through exercises throughout the health and fitness industry for each of these methods. There are two camps of philosophy on which method is best and sometimes arguments can get very heated. You should know that simple by exercising, the body will burn more fat calories after the exercise then if you don't exercise.

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Bulking Up and Gaining Strength

Want to Increase strength, achieve a suitable body composition, and maintain fitness levels? Read on.


If you take your sporting performance (or health) seriously, you should already be consuming a diet which is:

1) high in carbohydrates - primarily from breads, cereals, grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables,

2) moderate in protein - choosing lean meats, poultry, fish, eggs and low fat dairy products and

3) low in fat - minimising your intake of butter, margarines, oils and other ‘hidden' fats.

Basically, a diet for muscle gain follows the same pattern, but with more of the same foods being eaten.

Alcohol should be limited especially if looking to gain muscle, it interferes with recovery and the stop muscle growth. Aim not to drink on gym days!

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