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The Fitness Zone

My Nutrition Coach Journey
August 9, 2015

Current Nutrition Coach  student, Sandi Maccan, shares her amazing health and fitness transformation plus the importance of education to maintaining her lifestyle! 

“At my heaviest I weighed 155 kilos, and continually lost weight and put it back on.” Now weighing in at 81 kilos with a newfound love of exercise and health, Sandi and her boss and trainer, Cameron Byrnes, are about to finish their Australian Institute of Fitness journey and become Nutrition Coaches.

After seeing him on Channel 7’s “Bringing Sexy Back,” Sandi contacted and started training with Cameron Byrnes. Twenty-four kilos later she also became his Personal Assistant, working and workout out together ever since.

Nutrition was an integral part of Sandi’s weight loss journey, giving her a taste for the benefits education about proper eating can bring.

“I started to realise that I could eat good food and be full and to actually enjoy it more. When I factored nutrition into my everyday life, I noticed the weight started to fall off.”

Since starting to study Nutrition Coach, Sandi has thought twice twice about some of the punishing food philosophies that surround us.  

“The course has helped me debunk some serious food myths. I always had a misconception of food and exercise, thinking I had to eat minimal to lose weight. I am starting to understand about balanced eating and how to talk to people about it. The course has made me realise that the reason why I wasn’t getting results before is because the people I was seeking advice from didn’t really have the skill knowledge to get me on the right path.”

Sandi reaped the benefits of having been on the other side of the fitness equation, and used her experience as a client to enrich her classes learning too.

“The more I get into it the more I realise I can contribute and relate to all of the program because I have been and still am a client, I am the person that Nutrition Coaches help, so I guess whilst I have learnt a lot from it, some of the class has actually learnt from me also as they have a real client they can actually talk to.”

More than education towards a career in fitness, learning about nutrition has enabled Sandi to enrich her own attitudes and habits.  

“You start thinking about what you are eating and what it is doing to your body, I find that I am more mentally conscious of food choices when shopping and eating out and also with my daily meal prep too. My journey is far from over, but I now know that with this education I am receiving from Nutrition Coach I have given myself a good chance of being able to maintain a healthy lifestyle, so much so that after 18 years in hospitality am now embarking on a career change to help others.”



This content is not intended to be used as individual health or fitness advice divorced from that imparted by medical, health or fitness professionals. Medical clearance should always be sought before commencing an exercise regime. The Institute and the authors do no take any responsibility for accident or injury caused as a result of this information.

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