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In my business as a freelance personal trainer based in Nottingham, England, I have been successful partly because I am very good at advising clients on diet and weight management topics, instead of just telling people to do physical exercises, like some personal trainers.
I was also recently recruited by this company that teaches personal trainer courses to aspiring fitness professionals in Nottingham. I spend three days a week teaching their students in addition to my own personal fitness trainer practice.
Right from the start I insisted I would only take the job if I could teach nutrition and weight management modules on the course in addition to the more general physical exercise stuff.
Here are some tips that I tell the students to give to their future clients to help them achieve healthier diets for optimal fitness:
- For breakfast, don’t eat nice tasting serials that are high in sugar. Instead, each healthier cereals and compensate for their less exciting taste by putting fruit like resins and sliced banana on top of them. This is also another brilliant way to get in some of your necessary five items of fruit or veg a day.
2. Make sure that you eat or drink five items of fruit and veg each day to give your body the vitamins and minerals it craves. Here is a good example of a five-a-day list:
- Light fruits on breakfast cereal
- Sliced apple for lunch with sliced cheese
- Cucumbers and watercress in your sandwiches
- Dinners that combine vegetables with meats and other sources of protein
- Delicious fresh fruit salads with a little bit of cream on them as an after dinner treat
- A carton of Tropicana pure orange juice
3. If you’re an athlete and training for something, don’t eat the three normal meals of breakfast, lunch and dinner each day. Instead, eat five small meals a day that give good energy but are also healthy. Stuff like tuna salad, cheese and apple, and pasta with tomato sauce.
4. Drink about three pints of water a day. This will help cleanse your body of toxins and impurities. Sometimes if you find yourself feeling hungry despite having eaten, it’s because you’re actually thirsty. It is not uncommon for people to confuse thirst with hunger. Make sure the water you drink is still water though, not sparkling. Some sparkling water each day is okay, but not too much, as it contains salt.
5. Watch the drinking. Glasses of wine contain as many calories as chunks of dark chocolate and cans of larger are as fattening as large bags of crisps. Read the nutritional information on the back of alcohol containers and you’ll see the percentages of sugar and saturated fat they contain.
6. Don’t altogether remove your favourite unhealthy foods from your diet. If you do this, it will only make you desire them even more and you’ll find it harder to stick to your healthy eating regime. Save small amounts of the less healthy foods as occasional treats.