Although certified personal trainers are very good at providing information, feedback, guidance and motivation for their clients, in an effort to help them get the physical results they are looking to achieve, the majority of them do not have the expertise, knowledge or training to provide good diet and nutrition advice.
Good nutrition and a healthy diet are essential to looking good and feeling good. Most people tend to forget about this very important part of any fitness goal they are hoping to achieve. For example, someone who weight trains ten hours a week but eats a very unhealthy, fast food diet will not reach his or her weight loss goals. Also, someone who eats a very healthy diet but doesn’t exercise or lift weights will not gain muscle mass or get stronger. A successful exercise program must take both exercise and nutrition into account for the best possible outcome.
Technology has given us a wide variety of tools to access a massive library of information that can help anyone, regardless of whether they are exercising or not, make good nutrition choices for a good quality of life.
Good Nutrition and Weight Management
When we put good fuel into our bodies we can work effectively and get the most out of our exercise sessions. If you have low energy, are dehydrated or just don’t feel good you are less likely to comply with your exercise program, and may forego it completely. Good nutrition should be a consideration when it comes to getting results faster with your exercise program (and the workouts with your personal trainer).
Good nutrition requires that an individual get all the essential nutrients for good function. This includes the proper amount of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, minerals, vitamins and water. The proportion of each is different for every human being based on their current body type and what they want to accomplish over time (i.e. lose weight, gain muscle, reduce risk for heart disease, etc.).
There are several mobile diet and nutrition apps available that can help track one’s daily nutrition and caloric intake, determine the right amount of nutrients for good health, provide a wide variety of healthy recipes to keep meals scrumptious and low calorie, and provide assistance making good choices when shopping at the grocery store.
Diet and nutrition mobile apps that I would suggest include:
- Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal
- MealBoard – Meal and Grocery Planner
- Lose It!
Technology can’t take the place of a certified Nutritionist or Registered Dietitian but it can certainly provide good quality information that is available at our fingertips when we need guidance at the grocery store, ordering from a menu and making us aware of what we eat and how much.
Using the technology and tools available today in the areas of exercise and nutrition are great ways to help you achieve results without breaking the bank! Be sure to discuss these options with your personal trainer or fitness professional to find out which ones compliment the program outlined for you.