Forget fads: Weight management facts your clients can rely on

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Nutrition facts are always changing – one day eggs are good and the next they’re bad. It’s easy to get caught up in these food fads, but at the end of the day, everyone could use a little help deciphering the real facts.

As a Weight Management Practitioner, you need to construct weight management meal plans that include recommendations of foods that can always be diet staples. The composition of healthy foods aren’t changing, so you can help determine what makes a good diet plan, as well as the psychology that goes into weight management. Let’s check it out.

Weight management isn't just about the food you eat or the exercise you get - it's much more psychological. Weight management isn’t just about the food you eat or the exercise you get – it’s much more psychological.

Nutrition 101

First thing’s first, you need some basic nutritional guidelines for your clients. The key to eating well isn’t actually eating more of one specific food, rather it’s more about consuming nutrient-dense foods. If a food is nutrient dense, it is going to be loaded with things like vitamins, minerals, complex carbohydrates, lean protein or healthy fats, but will have very few calories. These are your natural products that are rarely processed.

Staples of nutrient-dense foods include:

  • Fruits, vegetables and legumes
  • Wholegrain foods
  • Fish and poultry
  • Nuts and seeds

Of course, this advice will depend on the individual age, body type, gender, level of physical activity and most importantly, mind set. Here’s what we mean.

Psych 101

Knowing the nutritional facts are only part of the battle – in fact there are many facets psychology that feed into healthy weight management. It begins with that little voice in our heads. We’ve all been told that pizza isn’t the best decision, but there’s that voice that somehow overrides rational thinking and says ‘eat it.’ But that voice is only touching the surface of this psych.

For the best weight management psychology practices, you need to dig deep in order to understand someone’s pre-conceived ideas and choices. The voice that tells us what foods to consume everyday is largely based on an individual’s attitudes and perceptions of their own body image and situation. Many harbour the belief that in order to be happy, they need to be thin.

This is an unhealthy belief, so it is up to you to challenge and change this negative way of thinking. It will be a matter of testing your clients’ beliefs and giving them the tools to think differently.

How to help your clients

Of course, you really want to maximise help for your clients, so your best move is to become a qualified weight management practitioner. If you want to be the best of the best in your industry, then you’ll need a certificate IV in weight management – and that just so happens to be something we can help you with. Courses like these will help marry nutrition and psychology practices to help clients walk away with a personalised weight management plan.

Contact our team here at Onfit Training College today and let’s get to work.

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