Dr. Deidre Douglas, YMCA on Old Forest Rd
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Dr. Deidre Douglas, EdD, Pn1 as a provider for nutrition counseling. Dr. Dee enjoys sharing the science behind proper nutrition that negates the fad diet culture. Nutrition Counseling provides people with sustainable choices to meet individual nutritional needs and gives people freedom to enjoy all tasty food in moderation!
MEET ERIKA, YMCA NUTRITIONIST
ACSM EP-C, NASM Nutrition Coach (CNC), NASM C-PT, CPR/AED/First Aid
Why did you become a personal trainer?
"I love the community of people! Seeing everyone encourage each other is so amazing. I love
being able to help people meet and even surpass their goals. The Y is truly a massive family and I love being a part of it!"
Erika inspires people to live better lives through nutrition coaching and wellness.
I was always intrigued by the world of nutrition, so when I expressed my interest to the front desk, they kindly provided me with additional information. That's when I had the privilege of meeting Erika Allen, who became my nutrition coach.
I underwent an Inbody assessment, revealing that my body fat percentage was 19% and my visceral fat level was a concerning 9. Despite losing around 40 pounds on my own through independent workouts, I had reached a frustrating plateau. Feeling disheartened, I decided to explore the realm of nutrition coaching.
Erika started by delving into my dietary habits and lifestyle choices. She prescribed specific macro targets for protein, carbs, and fats. I quickly experienced a remarkable transformation. I felt a surge of energy and newfound strength, allowing me to lift heavier weights effortlessly. I began shedding fat. I reached a personal milestone of benching 225 pounds for two reps, an accomplishment I had never thought possible.
Throughout two additional meetings with Erika, my progress continued to amaze me. I underwent another Inbody scan during our final session, the results showed a body fat percentage of 17% and a visceral fat level of 7. Additionally, I had managed to shed an impressive 8 pounds of fat. Since November of 2022, I have successfully lost 50 pounds, gaining physical strength and newfound confidence.
Given my family history of heart disease, I needed to monitor my blood pressure. Before November, my readings were alarmingly high at 140/93. However, when I recently checked, I was thrilled to discover that my blood pressure had significantly dropped to 121/68.
Thanks to the unwavering dedication and invaluable guidance Erika provided, I achieved and surpassed these objectives.
I continue to engage in strength training and exercise independently while meticulously monitoring my macronutrient intake. My next target is to reach a body fat percentage of 12%, and I am confident that with the nutrition coaching and Erika's support, I will conquer this goal too.