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Fitness Trainer January/February 2017

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Inspired Coaching Techniques Your client walks in one morning and announces that she's started a new diet that may be very difficult to follow. "It's recommended by a doctor," she says. "He's got research to back it up. I started it this week." You immediately feel uncomfortable with this development, but your client seems to have made up her mind. How can you articulate your concerns without alienating her? Do you have a good case for why she shouldn't follow this latest fad? If you haven't already experienced this scenario, you probably will, eventually. Some clients can become impatient with sustainable, longer term weight loss programs and resort to the latest fad. But you can be prepared by understanding when and how to state your concerns. Using a basic set of criteria can help you quickly analyze the diet in question and state your case convincingly. • Randomized, controlled trials show there is not a single diet that works best. The most effective diet plan is the one your clients will adhere to. • If a diet doesn't fit a client's lifestyle, tastes, and health needs, it won't work. • Encourage "gray areas." It's ok to be a part-time vegan or vegetarian or simply limit certain foods instead of completely excluding them. • Let clients know that the faster the weight comes off, the more likely they are to regain it. Spotting the Flags If your client doesn't have a food allergy or cultural/religious reason for not eating certain foods, why burden themselves with an exclusionary diet?, Healthy foods like beans/ legumes, grains, and dairy add nutrients and variety to a diet. Eliminating major Food groups or HEaltHy Foods A diet needs to be well-rounded to be sustainable and healthy. If it lacks enough fiber, calcium, or other nutrients, it could cause more problems than it solves. Diets that are extremely high or low in a particular macronutrient are usually difficult to sustain and may cause deficiencies. missing nutriEnts There is no scientific evidence that "detoxes" or "juice cleanses" flush toxins from the body (that's the function of the liver and kidneys). Juice extractors and blenders can greatly reduce nutrients like fiber and may contain too much sugar. "Cleanses" can also have serious side effects. juicEs and clEansEs

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