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?
This can be very difficult. I don’t have a quick solution as there are no quick solutions just like there are no quick weight loss answers.
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.