you are stepping on thin ice here, and I can see two reasons. Her blaming her family for her lack of success is really a lame excuse. I understand that it is more difficult to eat healthy when everybody around you does not but she will eventually have to come to terms with proper eating in the face of such stiff opposition. She needs to learn to eat well in spite of stiff opposition, and meal replacements will not do that.
Which bring me to the second point. Making specific recommendations for food is beyond the scope of most personal trainers unless they have the appropriate training, and I saw nothing in your profile that suggests that you do. A referral to an RD who, ideally, should also be a health coach would be a great idea.
I wish you and your client well.
Hi Rachel! Lack of support from loved ones is a huge obstacle when trying to make a lifestyle change such as eating healthier. Educating your client about her nutrition needs and helping her to fully understand them would be my first step. My next step would be to offer a higher level of support and set in place a meal plan, motivation, and a plan for her to follow her plan again when she gets off track. Not having support from loved ones is difficult, but I’d arm her with positivity and teach her how to deflect negativity with positivity and choose the pain of discipline over the pain of regret. Chances are once she starts getting results her loved ones will give her support and even jump on board with her. Hope this helps!
Hello Rachel Woodard,
Tell the client that you are there to help them stay motivated to eat healthy; keep giving out ideas and get the client to brainstorm with you instead of just shooting out ideas. This way the client is interactive and not only taking orders. The best shake and supplements are shaking the body aka moving and a balanced diet to the best of their ability. See what the downfall is and get to the root of the hardest thing to do right now. One step at a time is better than nothing. You are the professional and the reason they chose you is for your best advice for health.
Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit.
While support from family and friends is one key to successful weight loss, your client can surely take some accountability to start a healthy eating plan. This is more about helping her to create some healthy eating habits. I would encourage her to add whole, unprocessed foods to her diet as a start. If she needs further help making her nutrition a priority, then a referral to a Registered Dietician would help.
Best to you and your client,
I see from your profile that your ACE certification has expired, it’s really important to stay current if at all possible
With that being said, as a personal trainer, it is beyond your scope of practice to suggest diet, diet plans or give nutritional advice
I would refer her to a Health Coach or Nutritionist, or focus solely on her workout program.