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i go to ballys and they had a special free session w a trainer one on one to answer any questions. i told em my eating habits and my workout routine. and he said i was doing it all wrong. he said i should eat 45% protein 25%carbs and the rest fats. he said that i ws eating way too many carbs. my body fat was a dissapointing 23% he said if u want to be considered fit it should be under 15%. he said i should work out three days a week like m tu and friday and hit only only one group of muscles per week to allow rest to it. and he said i should do cardio along with the weights and do the cardio first. he was very knowledgeable and i m leaning towards getting some personal training done. just thought i would share my experience with u all.

Mon. Nov 21, 10:04pm

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15% body fat is really low for a female. I would not want to get below 20% personaly, I think a female should look like a female, and not a boy with boobs. Our bodys are meant to reproduce. I personaly would see a different trainer, I think this guy is a hack. 23% body fat for a female is not only healthy, but normal. This is my opinion, and no I am not a trainer. But I work out, I eat healthy, and my body fat is also 23%. I do not look fat, but rather I am strong, and fit.

Monday, November 21, 2005, 11:36 PM

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45% protein is WAY too much. Excess protein can cause kidney problems and also leech your bones of calcium (more of a concern for women than men). On a 2000 Calorie diet, 45% protein is 225 grams and that is more than anyone except serious body builders should eat.

The trainer could probably give you good advice on form/weights, but it sounds like he's trying to get all his clients on a diet that is only ideal for body builders. (And even that's questionable.) Take a look at the recommended body fat percentages on the link.


Tuesday, November 22, 2005, 12:13 AM

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Too much protein is bad but I met w/ a trainer and a nutritionist both who said when working out (cardio and weights) you should eat protein and carbs in a 3:1 ratio at every meal....I have been fine and have been doing it this way for awhile...that ration repairs muscles quicker and reduces soreness, so they say.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005, 5:58 AM

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PLEASE read before you commit to the trainer.

I definitely wonder if the person who met the trainer is male or female. Females avg. body fat should be between 18 (at the low) and 22, or 23 (at the high end of normal). The trainer you spoke with should be certified by a recognized association, like AFAA, or NASM. Trainers (I was one for 4 years) focus way too much on protein and protein shakes/powders. Their job is to make you feel like you're doing it all wrong so you can buy PT. Meanwhile they talk a good game and go eat at McDonald's, because they work out in between clients all day. Don't let a good-looking trainer fool you. Get as much info as you can but meet with a professional. Ask to see their certifications, and ask what their specialization is. Ask if they've ever been certified in nutrition. A personal trainer is NOT supposed to give nutrition advice, this is IILEGAL. Only nutritionists can do so. Be careful you don't end up with some bone-head who's going to overtrain you and you won't be able to walk the next day.
Be careful and good luck,

Tuesday, November 22, 2005, 8:14 AM

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the person who met w a trainer is a MALE

Tuesday, November 22, 2005, 8:43 AM

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I think people should follow sensible eating suggestions that stand the test of time. High protein diets go in and out of fashion and while they are a short term fix and show fast results, actually can cause harm to a person't body. 45% protein is too high.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005, 11:10 AM

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How long has this guy been a trainer? I know at my gym anyone can end up being a trainer in 6 weeks. 23% body fat is perfectly fine and normal, did you want to look like a body builder? When you are really working your muscles hard you want more protein but 45% for the average female who works out 3x a week with weights? Thats just strenght training. I would find a different PT and get a 2nd opinion.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005, 1:12 AM

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Since the poster is male...

I guess 23% for a guy is on the high end, but it is true that you have to be generally suspicious of trainers, not because they're looking for clients (since that's a given), but their level of expertise. There are trainers that have graduate degrees in exercise physiology and nutrition. They may cost a bit more but the results you get are healthier and longer-lasting. Average trainers may get you results, but cause you injuries down the line because they don't really know their stuff. Be cautious and the best of luck to you!

Wednesday, November 23, 2005, 8:21 AM

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the person who went to this trainer is a MAN. he is feeling desperate to lose the weight and right now is willing to listen to this trainer, I've tried talking to him but he's like a typical man and stubborn,lol you know I'm playing with you if you read this :-)
so like alot of us women who go on FAD diets all the time trying to fit an image that unreacheabel for the most of us he has to give this a try.... and like all of us who find out fad diets don't work he'll find out he needs to adjust his diet properly and will....
I'm not saying that it's right just that it's natural for us to try and listen to the "professionals" over our own natural God given sence....
he just wants to be buff and feeling REALLY discouraged that he hasn't had great change and has been dieting since May of this year...

so what we all should be doing is praying that this "fad" he's willing to try doesn't ruin his health and his sence comes to him soon

*to the poster... you know who I am cause you already know my input I told you last night when we talked I just want the others to know too why you are doing this... I just want the best for you cause we are buddies and I care about you *

Wednesday, November 23, 2005, 8:32 AM

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Why not do something less harsh?
Why not do something as simple as eating oatmeal without sugar every morning for breakfast.
Lunch is a can of low sodium soup, a few crackers and a apple.
Dinner is 4-6 oz of fish or chicken, and all of the veggies you can eat.
workout 4 times a week for an hour, and every night after dinner go for a 30 minute walk around the block.
he also drank a galon of water a day
This is the plan my hubby put himself on, and he droped 70 pounds in 6 months

Wednesday, November 23, 2005, 10:06 AM

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