Competing With what is "popular?"
I have a few different clients that I have been working with for a while now. During our sessions we get into conversations about nutrition and their, relatively deeply rooted, philosophy is based on the (mis)information from the different diet plans....paleo, low-carb, etc. etc. I try to present the evidence-based side of nutrition, but to no avail. What are some ways to get them away from the ideas of the well-marketed "popular" diets?
I hope that this helps.
while the search for the magic bullet is still on, you are fighting an uphill battle. The companies proposing such diets are in the business of making money of it, and the material they are providing always sounds very compelling. And often it is old wisdom repackaged.
As trainers, we have only so much control of what our clients do, and unless you suspect that they are actually doing themselves harm, you can only (listen, smile, nudge, inform) repeat.
Also: if a person truly believes that something will help ....... who knows. I'll be happy for him. We should, however, lead by example and not fal linto those traps ourselves.
My repetitive question for my clients is " is it real food"?
We need to stay within our scope of practice and lead them to the truth with sound knowledge.
Paleo is not "new", it's the infiltration of Crossfit-which I still wonder about“.since as a fitness professional we are not suppose to give out "diets"
I come right out and honestly tell this type of client how frustrating is for trainers to deal with the misinformation machine of fad and media diets. I point out that I can also gain a lot of fat weight if I eat poorly, but have the poor food choices under good control so I am not gaining fat weight. I don't expect them to eat the way that I do, but I do expect them to take their food choices seriously. I send a lot clients to Registered Dieticians. Many have been successful, but I am not always able to help everyone. If a client isn't getting anywhere with me, I always try to get them to seek other health professionals for assistance. Sometimes it is a dietician or physician specializing in weight loss. Sometiems it is another fitness professional. The client comes first not my ego or income.