Six reasons you should sack your “Fitness Coach.”

Most personal trainers I know got into the industry out of a genuine desire to help people achieve an optimal level of health and fitness, and to live a fulfilling lifestyle. However, like any good relationship, your trainer needs to be the right fit for you. Also, nowadays, the health and fitness space is saturated with an abundance of people trying to profit off the desire for ridiculously fast results and the magic pill and potion mentality. So, how do you tell if you’re being taken for a ride by those who promise you results?

1. They take credit for your initial weight loss.

Progress is progress. But the reality is, generally, the initial few kilos you lose, is not likely to be body fat. Simply changing your diet and/or becoming physically active can cause your body to lose “water weight” that it has been storing as glycogen. This is part of the normal process that the body goes through. If you’re being sold on the idea that this is “fat loss” as a result of the program at such an early stage, unfortunately, you’re being misled.

2. They sell MLM products.

Herbalife, Isagenix, Juice Plus and the list goes on. Multi-level marketing products are generally made and marketed primarily for profit. They have been shown time and time again to be manufactured from poor quality, cheap to produce ingredients. Here are just a couple of useful links highlighting these points.

An Unbiased Review of Herbalife

An Unbiased Review of Isagenix

Blog 26-03-13 Your Herbalife PT doesn’t care about you

If your “wellness coach” is promoting these products, they are either naive to the nature of the company, or they have their pocket in mind before your results and well-being. It’s also somewhat ironic, if they claim to know how to get a client real results, they would undermine their ability and knowledge by selling these products. It simply defies logic.

3. They take flexible dieting way too far.

It is true to a certain degree that you can eat a wide variety of food while losing weight. However, flexible dieting or If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM) can be and is often taken to ridiculous extremes. We would all love to believe we can eat chocolate cake, Nutella and ice cream while shedding the kilograms. Unfortunately, this just isn’t realistic. This isn’t a maintainable approach to eating. Awareness of the caloric density of the foods you consume is an important consideration in both weight loss and overall health. Over consumption of high calorie, highly processed, simple carbohydrate foods, can contribute to obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other chronic health conditions. Anyone telling you that you can #EatCrapGetFit is kidding you and themselves. Protien, Fibre and Fats contained in whole food sources, help slow the body’s insulin response and maintain energy levels for longer. Most modern, over-processed foods will keep you on the sugar roller-coaster, robbing you of results!

4. It’s all about them.

It’s always good to know that someone practices what they preach. However, it’s important to assess where the focus truly is. It should be first and foremost on you, the client. You invest good money to get results! If mirror selfies and bicep shots are prevalent with your coach, or they’re busy posting all their travels, while boasting how much they make, it’s time to give them the sack!

5. They give advice that doesn’t seem to match their qualifications.

This can be twofold. Some coaches will claim qualifications that they simply don’t have, while others may just give advice well beyond formal qualifications they may have. This is actually more common than you’d probably think. Always check the qualifications of the person you hire. Ask for proof of certifications if need be. Any true professional will be proud to back their claims. If the advice given would normally come from a medical professional, it may be outside their level of expertise. Remember, anyone can claim what they like on social media without having to prove it.

6. They use ambiguous titles like “Wellness Coach, “Health Coach,” “Lifestyle Coach” or “Master Trainer”

While there are formally recognised qualifications for some of these titles, they are very often misused by those without formal training or certification to imply expertise they simply don’t have. These titles are not commonly used by fitness professionals. Most fitness professionals are also very forthcoming about their qualifications. If in doubt, ask where the qualification was obtained and contact the training company to verify.

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