Who will do it for you the best in the FATBUSTING are of expertise?
Who have you asked for weight loss advice in the past?
Who really knows there stuff?
Who will really understand your personal challenges and come up with the best solutions?
Thousands of people to ask and thousands of places to go for the right advice, who have we been choosing? Interestingly, according to the research, the first place on the list we have been going for weight loss and health information is the Doctor. Books, magazines and “newsletters” come second, weight loss centres are very popular as are health clubs and gyms. The research shows we are also asking our friends or acquaintances what magic weight loss formula worked for them.
Perceived specialists such as personal trainers, naturopaths and weight loss counselors are also becoming very popular sources of weight loss information and advice. We also seem motivated by people who have the body we dream of having. The question is,…“Who knows best and why?”
Before you start any nutritional plan or exercise program, it is a great idea to visit your trusted, Medical Doctor. Have them give you a medical clearance to exercise and get them to check you out for any serious challenges that could interfere with your exercise program. However, please remember the things that restrict your ability to exercise can usually be helped by a specialised exercise program that works in with your challenges.
After the Doctor, the choice for your source of information will usually come from the person you trust the most. However, it is a bit like getting your car fixed or your new house built– there is more to being a marvelous mechanic or a brilliant builder than being a nice person. A nice person who has a lovely personality and treats you like you are a very special client is very important. However there has to be skill, education, knowledge and common sense to back up the friendly smile or your car will crash and your house will fall down. Don’t play with your body!! Cars can get fixed and houses can get rebuilt, you do not want an idiot working on your precious body!!Some points to consider when you are looking for health and fitness advice…
What does your advice giver look like? If the they look unfit, unhealthy, even unhappy or if they smoke, drink too much, take drugs or overeat, maybe you could consider a different source of advice. How can you trust somebody who doesn’t practice what they preach?
What areas of health and fitness is your advice giver qualified in and are they keeping up to date in their areas of expertise? Be wary of personal trainers who give out nutritional advice without any formal training. Be aware of dieticians who give out exercise advice unless they have trained in exercise prescription. Interestingly, your General Practitioner-The Doctor, has had very little training in either exercise prescription or nutrition. The nutrition section of most Medical degrees consists of one, short lecture. Your doctor may not necessarily be the best person to discuss your nutrition or exercise needs with-especially if they are unfit, unhealthy and/or fat!!
So how do you know if “they” know what they are talking about? (And who are “They” ?? How often have you heard, “They say”)Ask lots of questions…
A professional, “Health/body” expert MUST know all the parts of the body and how they work. A person giving you advice about exercise must know all the major and minor muscles used in each exercise, the origin and insertion of each muscle and what each muscle is capable of doing-what action it is capable of. They must know how the muscular and respiratory system works and they must understand what the four macronutrients are and how they are used, stored and burned by your body from mouth to bottom!! A fitness professional who does not know the basics of applied anatomy and physiology is not a professional, they are just a person with an opinion!!
Ask to see their updated qualifications in each area of expertise, check the dates on their certificates and check the place where they completed their education. A reputable education provider will be happy to tell you about and show you the process of how your International Fitness Professional, Personal Trainer, Doctor, Counselor etc. obtained their qualifications. The date on the qualification is also very important and if it is more than 12 months old, ask your professional what update training they have done in the past year?
Most importantly, use your common sense and don’t believe the information just because this person presents as the expert or has a beautiful body. What worked for them may not fit into your lifestyle, your time schedule or your eating habits.
If it sounds to good to be true-It most probably will be!! If the person offering you advice on health, fitness or weight loss offers to sell you some form of magic pill, powder, potion or meal replacement, PLEASE be very, very careful. We do not put on weight and become unfit and unhealthy because there is a lack of pills, powders and potions in our diets and we will never have long term weight loss and exceptional good health by taking a pill or drinking a powder!! AND with a, “Sale” of any product comes a biased interest in the benefits of the product because $$$ are involved.
Look for advice based on REAL science, not the pseudo, ‘Clinical research” kind. Common sense and logic must always be at the top of the advice list and then YOUR; lifestyle, career, time availability, interests, food likes and dislikes. The best exercise program and eating plan is the one YOU will stick to, easily, without hassle for the rest of your life. BEWARE of short term promises and programs-your health, fitness, strength and well-being are 12 week challenge!! The goal should always be…
And a body size and weight you are happy with LONG TERM!!
You are in control of your life. Your health and well-being is your responsibility and you do have a choice. Do your research an make an educated, common sense base choice so you can have..
A gorgeous body and have a stack of energy to keep up with it!!