Let me be clear on this, there are plenty of people out there who have degrees/certifications that allow them to speak knowledgeably about things related to your overall health and fitness. Plenty. I have an NASM CPT, and extensive experience in how to train, and get results, using a structured regimen, coupled with a clean diet. Even so, I would hardly say that makes me an expert.
What it does mean, however, is that I’ve taken the time to go beyond accepting what a magazine article will tell me, and opted to learn a bit more about the science of weight loss, and how what we do externally effects us internally. That said, where I’ve taken the steps to obtain a legitimate certification to accentuate my passion, there are plenty of people out there just looking to turn a profit off of other’s ignorance.
What I’m getting at here is this: you have to be mindful of those who seek to fleece you. Before you seek to hire anyone, do as much of your own research as possible. Don’t buy into anything if your gut tell you it doesn’t make sense.
The easiest truth to remember about fitness is that it doesn’t consist of a tough equation. Most of us, assuming there are no medical issues involved, can lose weight if we adhere to a good diet and regular exercise; those that want the athletic, muscular, or bodybuilder’s physique need a bit more help to get where they want —hence the true need for the personal trainers of the world—but, even then, be aware of the risks.
There are plenty of qualified professionals who can help you get where you want to be, just be sure they’re operating from the same manual as you, and not solely looking to a fatten their pockets.