In today’s blog we take a look at one of the biggest and most common of problems is getting clients to stay on a healthy diet, after all, why waste money on a trainer if you’re going to ruin the whole thing by eating junk food, doesn’t make sense really.
A healthy diet and exercise really go together, like a perfect marriage if you only have one working it’s not going to work, and will really slow down results, or stop any results altogether. Considering most people are looking for weight loss these days most clients will quit long before they see results because of their inability to follow a structured diet.
In the fast pace of modern-day life everyone seems to be looking for a `quick fix` when it comes to exercise, but in reality, there really aren’t any magical pills or magical diets to get you that look you so desire. Just mainly having the discipline to work out regularly and eat correctly. It’s not that difficult, calories in versus calories out! It’s that simple, unless there’s a thyroid issue of course, but generally speaking it’s a lack of discipline that’s to blame.
My experience with this issue
One such client was Joe, who obviously liked his food but yet wasn’t too overweight. He came to me claiming to have tried every diet going but nothing would work for him. After training Joe for 3 months we were making great progress in the gym apart from of course his weight loss. His pant size had gone down a few sizes but not his weight. If anything, his weight had increased a few pounds.
He claimed to be eating a good diet of salad, fruit & veg with no junk food at all or any alcohol, so this was a mystery as to why he wasn’t losing weight…or was it? I had my suspicions about Joe`s diet so asked him to keep a food log for 2 weeks so I could see what exactly he was eating. When I studied this food log all seemed fine with oatmeal for breakfast, grilled chicken breast for lunch, Tuna salad for dinner with no snacking etc. on paper his diet looks perfect…if indeed it`s honest and accurate, which I highly doubted!
Now of course when a client gives you a food log, what they write down and what they are actually eating can be two very different things, this is what I suspected was the case with Joe, but of course I couldn’t very well prove my suspicions. I gave him the benefit of the doubt, after all, why lie about it? He would only be hurting himself by doing so. He’s the one that’s paying me, I’m not paying him.
One morning I happened to be going into the local grocery store, when I saw a familiar figure coming out with a full basket of groceries, yes Joe! His basket consisted of several large bottles of soda, a couple bags of large potato chips, several packs of Guinness and many different boxes of cookies. Before I could say anything, a very red faced Joe said “Err, I’m shopping for my neighbor who’s too sick to come shopping this week” I told him what a kind thought, I also gave him one of my business cards to pass on to his neighbor who must be in pretty bad shape to be eating this kind of junk!
Have you noticed when someone is lying to you, they seem to have an inability to look you in the eyes? Their body language gives them away every time as they try to convince you that what they’re telling you is the truth. Whatever! Joe had been busted, and he knew it! He never did return to the gym either.
Remember this, if you aren’t telling your trainer the truth about your diet who are you hurting the most? Yes! you. You’re paying the trainer, they aren’t paying you and it`s certainly not a cheap service, so think about this next time you feel like cheating on your diet.
Have you ever lied to a trainer about the diet you are supposed to be on? Any trainers experienced this issue? It’s a very common one so I’d say probably quite a few.