1. Encourage awareness through writing/journaling intake. Tools that self monitor (pedometers, HR monitors, etc) give stronger feedback than words.
2. Increase hydration. Require a glass of water before and after each snack or meal.
3. Allow 10% discretionary calories for 90% good eating. This is 200 calories for a 2000 calories diet, lots of “fun” room! Encourage recipes such as those at ACE, http://www.acefitness.org/healthyrecipes/default.aspx that clients can enjoy and easily make themselves.
Great topic and previous feedback!
I suggest that you make small suggestions each session. But in a friendly way non-judgmental manner. For example have you tried the whole grain pasta it taste just like the white pasta except your body burns it faster. Also having them keep a log for a week of their eating habits is a eye opener for them. As opposed to you lecturing them they can see for themselves how their diet is undermining their progress.
Constant communication is very important. Setting realistic goals with a specific plan, as Joanne has said, is essential.
Set a certain time aside and sit down and review all of the achievements, not only dietary ones
In our society today there is so much information being thrown out there that it’s important to sift through it and make sure our clients are being educated and informed.
As personal trainers we must stay within our scope of practice and are limited in giving out “diets”.