When it comes to weight loss it can be tempting to hire a professional to help you reach your goal.
Unfortunately though, not all of these so-called “experts” are worth the expense, with many a complete waste of your time and money.
Please read on to discover who you should try to avoid.
#1: Someone not qualified
If you are vetting someone who has zero qualifications, or at best a certification from the company that they work for then chances are this person is not worth the money.
When it comes to nutrition, you do not want your dietary plan to be created by someone who has passed a course that lasted less than a week.
Instead you need to find a registered dietician as they will have undergone the necessary training to give you good advice.
#2: Someone who does not understand your medical needs
While some people wont have an underlying condition, there will certainly be some reading this who will.
It is not a good idea to give the same dietary advice to someone with diabetes as you would someone without it. Their needs are different.
#3: Someone who only cares about the money
You should look for a dietician who is passionate about your health and is not just looking to make a quick buck.
This goes back to our first tip too, as you most certainly should look for someone who has taken the time to learn their craft thoroughly rather than someone who has rushed through a course.
#4: Someone who recommends an extreme or fad diet
If your weight loss coach recommends a diet that sounds too extreme, for example 500 calories a day, or one where you cut out entire food groups, such as carbs or fats then this is a red flag that you should probably look for someone else.
The truth is that these types of diet not only don’t work, but can also be potentially dangerous too.
You should never go below 1,200 calories, and cutting food groups will only result in you becoming nutritionally deficient.
#5: The personal trainer from the gym
While this person maybe knowledgable about certain things, like various workout for example this is not always the case.
Sometimes these personal trainers have undergone a short course and suddenly they are an expert, but the reality is far from this.
Ask yourself a few questions, is this person qualified and do they understand your needs? If they do then perhaps give them a shot. If not, simply walk away.
The personal trainer you see at the gym maybe an easy option as you see them regularly, but that does not mean that they are the best option.