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Explaining The Importance of Nutrition

It’s that time of year again. Fitness resolutions are in effect, and gyms are filling up. As a personal trainer, there’s a good chance that your schedule will fill up with clients who want to become more physically fit but may not know what’s needed to make it happen. Of course, physical activity is important, but many people fail to appreciate how important nutrition is to meet fitness goals. Here are some tips to help you discuss the importance of nutrition with your clients.

  • Discuss your client’s goals. First thing’s first, the most effective way to get your client on the path to meeting their fitness goals is to understand what those goals are. It’s difficult to give direction on their journey if you’re unsure of what they are trying to achieve. Of course, good nutrition doesn’t change much based on their ambitions. However, getting your client to visualize their goals will help open their mind to change.
  • Propose a change. No matter what fitness level your client may currently be, it’s typically a reflection of how they live. Plain and simple, one cannot improve their fitness without making positive changes. Here’s how you can help illustrate this. We are all on a straight-line path to the person we will one day become. Now, imagine you made a small change today to shift that straight line in a slightly different direction. Over time, that small change can make a significant impact.
  • Define “healthy.” Most of us have heard the phrase “abs are made in the kitchen.” No, this doesn’t mean that you should be doing sit-ups while you cook. It means that the foods we eat can make or break your fitness. Educate your client that all the core work in the world won’t matter if they are eating fast food or drinking sugary beverages on a daily basis. List healthy foods like natural fruit, vegetables, and fresh foods, and explain why these foods are so essential.
  • Not all calories are created equal. Nowadays, many people tend to look at a food label and decide if something is healthy based on its calorie content. The truth is, 100 calories of candy is completely different than 100 calories of broccoli. This is an extreme example, but perhaps the best way to explain to someone who may not understand. The 100 calories in candy are considered “empty calories” meaning that it provides little to no positive nutrition. Conversely, the 100 calorie serving of broccoli is rich in vitamins and minerals that help fuel the body.
  • Encourage exploration. When committing to becoming more physically fit, people tend to think about eating less instead of eating better. The problem with this mentality is that they are likely still missing out on valuable nutrition that the body needs, while still eating unhealthy foods and still feeling hungry. This can often lead to slipping on a fitness plan because the client becomes fed up with always feeling hungry. Encourage your client to look for ways to incorporate healthy foods that they enjoy into their daily diet. Going back to candy versus broccoli example, explain to them that 100-calorie serving of candy is very meager while the 100-calorie serving of broccoli is more than 3 cups. Of course, you don’t expect anyone to eat that much broccoli, but it helps visualize how much more food one can eat when they choose to eat healthy, wholesome foods.

As a personal trainer, you should always focus on safely helping your client to improve their fitness based on their goals. As we all know, physical activity is important, but there is no denying that nutrition plays a vital role. In addition to diet and exercise, suggest a natural supplement with Meratrim® to help them safely maximize their fitness results. Meratrim® has been shown in double-blind, placebo-controlled studies to help people see results in as little as two weeks! For more information on Meratrim® or other product ingredients from InterHealth, visit our website or give us a call at 1-800-783-4636 to speak with a representative directly.

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