Convincing someone, especially if that someone is a food-a-holic to give up on scrumptious meals for dull ones, is equivalent to asking an individual for his kidney. When a suggestion of eating clean and unprocessed food is made, people quickly get offended. Most of us think that eating clean means consuming disgusting and dull food.
Actually, the idea behind adopting a clean diet is to keep your body clean by cleaning up your diet. There are numerous benefits of switching to unprocessed food (more energy throughout the day, clearer skin, the risk of getting serious diseases reduces, just to name a few). But bailing out on the nuggets, lasagna, and cheesecakes, is much more challenging than it seems.
In great news for personal trainers around the globe, it looks like your female clients won’t need to wing it. The tips below will help your female clients have a smooth progression in their pursuit to an unprocessed diet.
Help Your Customers Figure Out the Reason ‘Why’
Transitioning to a clean diet is a significant change in a person’s lifestyle that they’ll be making. In order to be persistent, your clients need to pinpoint the exact reason why they have adopted this lifestyle. By doing this, they’ll be able to make the required effort for developing this habit and also find the motivation for it when it’s lacking.
A fact backed up by research shows that a positive source of inspiration comes from within, and it is powerful too. Changing the way one eats just because people tell them to lose weight, or because their clothes don’t fit them anymore isn’t a reason that’s good enough for the long run.
Cut Back On Processed Foods
Eating clean means to embrace foods that are healthy for us (fruits, vegetables, healthy nutrients, and fats, to list down a few) and refrain from consuming processed food with additives, sugars, and preservatives in it. As processed foods are packed with the ingredients that you should avoid, it’s probably a good idea to limit their consumption. When in doubt, stay away from foods with the long ingredient list. According to a study published in “Food & Nutrition Research” in 2010, consuming processed foods will make you retain calories, which negatively affects your workout.
Up Your clients’ Vegetable Intake
Plants consist of nutrients and vitamins that have numerous benefits for people. For example, tomatoes are full of vitamin C which is a great source of providing people with resistance against contagious diseases, whereas spinach has vitamin K in it which provides strength to bones. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 suggest that a person should make one-half of his plate consisting of fruits and vegetables.
Help Them Stay Committed
Transforming one’s eating habits is a process that should be done gradually. There’s no short-cut to making a change in your lifestyle. Having said that, as a personal trainer, you should help your client in deciding how much time she is willing to devote to this process (shopping for food, planning out meals and preparation of the food). By making small changes in their diet like reducing the consumption of sugar per day, is a beautiful short-term goal to achieve and a good place to start.
Set Goals for Them
A particular set of targets should be predefined for your clients so that they have a clear direction of what they have to achieve and how they have to do it. After this has been done, you should let your clients treat themselves. First off, the word “gift” needs to be defined. You should ask your customers if they want to have a cheat meal every week, every two weeks or every month. This certainly doesn’t mean that they have a pass for binging on unhealthy snacks all day long. They wouldn’t want to lose their progress by going off the track for one day.
It’s relatively easy to get discouraged and lack the motivation of keeping up with the diet when you have to eat food which you don’t like. To tackle this problem you have to help your clients out by sharing creative and tasty recipes with them so that they don’t regret switching to the unprocessed diet. Since eating regularly the right kind of snacks won’t do you any harm, you don’t have to restrict yourself from snacking on fruits and vegetables every once in a while. French researchers concluded there is actual “no evidence of improved weight loss” when you eat smaller and more frequent meals throughout the day.
The Internet today is filled with tons of amazing recipes that are not only fun to prepare but are also exquisite.
Lastly, try not to let your clients rush this process. It may be tough, but the long term benefits are worth the efforts.