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?
Just like any training philosophy that targets a specific type of clients the same goes with nutrition and diets. There is no one size that fits all. I’m sure when you design training programs for your clients you don’t just copy someone else’s ideas or methods, but rather you customize their training plans. What I’m trying to say is that the best way to reply to your clients when they think that because a diet is popular it doesn’t mean it’s for them. A diet that others follow and swear by it, it may or may not work for your clients. I tell my clients that the best diet plan for them is the one that a dietitian or a nutritionist will design for them according to their specific needs and the exercise plan I have them do in order to reach their goals. Unfortunately, they will believe what they want to believe and there is not much you can do about if they are not open to a constructive discussion/criticism.