Maureen Argentinis is a health and nutrition coach, a yoga instructor and a personal trainer. She received her training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where she was trained in more than 100 dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods.
She's also a very big fan of the Vitabot platform – the very same program that eDiets uses to power its great meal plans.
Maureen recently sat down with eDiets chief editor John McGran to discuss her views on dieting and the Vitabot platform.
What is it that you love about the Vitabot program?
It is different from all other programs. It gives me the info I need to make some needed changes in my diet. I have never found a program like this.
What type of dieting did you do before turning to a Vitabot-powered plan?
As a nutrition coach and personal trainer for over 10 years, I need to not only advise my clients on exactly what nutrients and vitamins they could be falling short on thus affecting their health now and in the future, but my own health as well.
What are some of the toughest obstacles you face while dieting?
Staying committed for a specific length of time.
Do you have any tips or tricks for overcoming these obstacles?
Using the Vitabot program keeps me focused and I'm less likely to eat foods that don't belong in my diet. Journaling food intake is an eye opener even for experienced people such as myself.
Can you share your age, height and weight with us?
I am 51, 5'6" and weigh about 135.
What led you to consider a diet this time around?
I never consider my eating habits a diet. When I want to lose weight, I am merely changing what I consume to make my goals. It isn't about dieting; it's about crowding out poor choices of food with nutrient dense options.
What's your goal?
My current goal is to lose 5 pounds of body fat while increasing muscle mass by about 2 pounds.
Do you have a family?
I am a widowed single mom of two teenage boys for over 14 years.
How do you find time for diet and exercise?
It is harder for me to find time to exercise – and I'm in the business! If nothing else, I walk on the treadmill for at least 30-45 minutes as often as I can. A good thought to remind myself just as I do my clients, "If someone gave you $500 a day for every day you exercise and eat right, would you find the time?" Eating healthy is almost a hobby.
What changes did you notice after turning to a diet powered by the Vitabot program?
I did manage to drop a few pounds and the Vitabot program really dissects the food quality that I consume. It's easy not to realize how calorie laden or unhealthy foods are without this program! My opinion, it's the best nutrition program out there!
eDiets Chief Editor John McGran has an extensive background in online dieting and tabloid news. He covers the celebrity beat for eDiets.