I mostly did this to get access to a personalized workout program from a real person without paying the trainer in person fees. I expected some level of SAD stupidity in the diet section but the meal plan I have been given seems to be filled with bad enough advice I wonder if I should listen to a damn thing she says in any area.
Female, 28 5'4 at 225 pounds. I will be working out most days of the week (via her plan). She has me eating between 1200-1300 calories of all low fat crap (which I wont touch). Desert pudding cups?? Really?? I specified no processed crap. sighs. But point is - isnt that just downright unsafe metabolically? My bmr puts me at over 2000 so wouldnt 1400-1750 be the best range? I sent the following message
"I understand that the meal plan is a work in progress. I saw a lot of positives but I also noticed that I am eating a very low calorie diet. My bmr puts me at consuming over 2000 to maintain. If I am going to be active I need to have appropriate fuel. Will 1200 provide this as well as all of the nurients needed? Would 1400-1600 be appropriate? Thank you:)"
"Anywhere from 1200-1400 would be fine. Let's see how you feel this first week. If you feel like you're getting too hungry, we can always pop another 100-200 calorie snack in there. This gives us some wiggle room. Sound good?"
So Im really a bit unsure of what to do. I found out that instead of it being a 30 day MONEY BACK guaruntee its actually a 30 day "you can trade trainers" ugaruntee. Problem is you cant speak to them first so I want to be sure before I jump ship. At least she doesnt have me eating egg whites (I wouldnt).
Advice? I mean really if all else fails Ill just completely ignore the diet plan but its hard to trust someone at all if they are telling you to eat junk food. I see that she is fine with some tinkering but it just worries me she would suggest that out of the gate.
I cyberstalked some of the other trainers and found one that follows something much closer to paleo principles. Hope the switchover process wont be a hassle!
I am happy to report that the customer service was very prompt and friendly. I am now switched over no hassle at all.
I will leave this post (unless it is deemed unnecessary) in the hopes that it can help someone in the future.
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on March 13, 2013
at 09:33 PM
Is it Fitorbit?
Sounds like a similar situation that I had earlier last year. I had a coupon to try the website for 6 months so I jumped in -- I felt like I needed some exercise guidance.
The diet portion of the site was pretty much nonsense. I told the trainer at the initial meeting that I followed a Paleo diet and she was all for it. Unfortunately there's very little she could do for be on the website. I think they have to tow the company line and be a cheerleader for a the low fat, low taste, low nutrition diet. We spoke through email about food and she tried sending me paleo recipes (at least she tried).
The exercise recommendations were fine but not worth the money I was paying for the subscription.
At this point I'd just have a frank conversation with her about your philosophy about nutrition -- "Thanks, but I don't eat processed garbage!" I'm sure many of the people they see on their site follow a SAD diet so you're ahead of the game!
on March 13, 2013
at 09:18 PM
How is this set up? I can do better than that. I'd put you on unweighed, unmeasured paleo, teach you Seth Robert's flavor/calorie association theory. Wait about a month or two, and then suggest calorie restriction and tell you to up the nutrient density if you aren't already happy. If there were enough of you out there, I'd quit my job and just take calls from everyone from the grocery store fretting over purchases. It seems to me people freak out the most at the grocery store, often when they are tired, hungry, and don't know which of five less than stellar choices are the best choice to make right now.
If the money is lost it is lost. Don't bother screwing up your health following a single word this idiot says. You could fool with them- switch from trainer to trainer, making it explicit that they are terrible people for not recommending natural foods. I don't know how much entertainment you could get out of that. Probably not how much money you spent. Did you do this via credit card? Maybe you can stop payment.