I usually have them write down everything they eat for about a week. I do this in the beginning and a couple of months later to see how many calories they’re taking in on average and whether any changes need to be made. If I see a pattern or weakness, I assess and offer suggestions. This keeps an open line of communication and doesn’t make the client feel stuck with a finite plan that they don’t want. It can be very eye-opening for a client and change their habits entirely.