I'm a fairly-recently-qualified Personal Trainer - my previous background was teaching yoga and Pilates and doing PT rehab type of stuff - so I'm fairly new to the weight-loss side of things. Obviously part of my job is coming up with fitness plans for people who want to lose weight - that I'm fairly comfortable with. But I do have to advise a little on diet as well.
My question is how much I should or can be advising the Paleo diet. Here are some reservations:
- I'm still trying to figure out what 'Paleo' means for me, what works best in terms of macro/micronutrient ratios, etc. Even though I've seen a big improvement in my health (IBS is nearly gone, feel better in general, gained a bit of weight which I needed to), I've only been doing it for 5 months, and I'm still very much experimenting with myself. I feel like there's so much information out there about what 'Paleo' is and isn't, low-carb vs moderate carb, etc... loads of anecdotal evidence but not really 'Paleo' scientific studies. It's overwhelming, and I don't want to put my clients' health (or my reputation) at risk.
- My boss (who happens to be a holistic nutritionist) isn't a huge fan of Paleo. She believes that lots of meat is bad (China study) and causes inflammation etc... and I don't feel like I understand the science enough yet to argue back with her.
- I'm not a nutritionist and thus can't prescribe a detailed diet etc., so I don't know how much I'd be allowed to help people if they had problems with Paleo. Guess I could always refer them to PaleoHacks... :)
Any Personal Trainers have any advice? Or anyone else? It's one thing to experiment on myself (and my family...), but when people are paying me to help them lose weight in a specified time period, that's a different story.