Everyone knows what a personal trainer is. They’re the people that help other people achieve their fitness goals by instructing them in exercise and dietary practices.
If we talk about “fighting disease”, most people would associate that with other sorts of professionals, like doctors, medical researchers or virologists.
But as a matter of fact, personal trainers are the soldiers on the frontline of a world war against a disease that ruins millions of lives and costs the health services of developed countries massive amounts of money every year.
The disease in question is obesity, something which, until fairly recently in human history, was not recognized as a disease.
Some people just thought of it as a term of reference for when a person’s body fat reached a certain point. Others thought that it was more accurate to call it a body state that led to the development of other things which were diseases. While it is true that obesity can cause other diseases, this does not disqualify it from being a disease itself.
Obesity is now recognized as a disease by health authorities in the western world, and as we’re now talking about obesity as a disease, it’s only right that we should also be talking about how to cure it.
Some people object to the term “cure” being used when talking about obesity, because they feel it stigmatizes or belittles sufferers. Pay them no heed.
The world needs to be completely honest with itself about the dangerous reality of the obesity crisis. It is a harmful disease which is growing at a distributing rate and needs to be cured and prevented in as many people as possible.
The way to cure obesity is through a combination of intense physical exercise, a highly restrictive diet, and profound behaviour modification by the sufferer.
These things are best achieved by being under the supervision of a skilled personal trainer.
The infographic featured in this article, designed by the obesity experts at Discovery Learning, details the demanding process that personal trainers must put their clients through in order to return them to their normal human body size.
First the foundations are laid for the behaviour modification, by forcing the client to acknowledge the fact that mistakes in their own lifestyle are the reason why they have the disease, and that only they can turn things around.
Then the new exercise and diet regime begins.
There must be no junk food or processed foods whatsoever. Even a little of these things can trigger an addictive reaction that leads to the consumption of more of the same. The personal trainer will devise the diet using his knowledge of nutrition.
The physical exercise should contain a mixture of cardiovascular training and restraint exercises using weights. It’s not only cardio that leads to the body losing weight, and weight training has other benefits besides making people good at lifting things.
The objective behind the diet and exercise is for the sufferer to burn 500 to 1000 calories every single day. Only through the burning of large amounts of calories can an obese individual be cured.
Finally comes the final state of the behaviour modification – the lifelong stage. Once cured, the obese person must refrain from going back to their old eating habits forever.
This is why it’s so crucial for the client to recognize the causes of obesity in the first step, because they’ll need that realization and self-accountability to get them through the rest of their lives. Their addiction to junk food will always be with them.
So in summary, this process that personal trainers are trained to put people through is the cure to the disease of obesity, and personal trainers are the deliverers of that cure, for only by combining a new diet with lots of exercise can an obese person be cured.