“What diet do you teach?”
Over the past year I have had to answer this question more than any other time in my 10 years of training. “What diet do you teach?” Ahhhhhhhhh! This question is maddening! On so many levels… First off, the word “diet”. Everyone has a diet, and you either have a good diet or a bad one! This whole question in general implies that I have to teach ONE certain way. As if what I teach can only be put into a simple, tidy little box with a bow, and you can just open this little nutritional box and - “poof” - all your health/fitness wishes have come true. I don’t belong to one “nutritional camp”. If I believe too strongly in any particular “nutritional religion”, I fixate on the food itself, or my own personal way of looking at food. When I do this I lose focus on what’s most important as a coach: my clients and their individual physiological and psychological needs. This is the whole point…MY CLIENTS SUCCESS!
Sure, if a particular nutrition idea like Paleo or vegetarianism worked for you personally, that’s great. You should be happy you found something that helped you reach your health/fitness goals.
“But to suggest that because it worked for you, at one point in your life, under a particular set of circumstances, now everyone else should follow the same program isn’t just narcissistic. It’s the antithesis of good coaching.” John Berardi, Ph.D.
There’s no such thing as THE BEST DIET. There’s no one absolutely, positively, without-a-doubt best diet for everyone. Physiologically, the body can succeed under many different nutritional conditions. That’s why I’m happy to help people find the best one for them, no matter their dietary preferences. Of course, this is a big win for my clients: They get in shape doing more of the things they actually like. It's also a win for me: I get to help more people.
Most popular diets actually have a lot in common. Most popular diet plans help control appetite, improve food quality, promote exercise, and raise nutritional awareness.
Coaches should NEVER lock into a single philosophy. Over the past 10 years I have worked with clients to help them lose body fat and develop a new relationship with food. I have done this without forcing a specific diet philosophy on them. Vegans can stay vegan. Paleos can stay Paleo, and they have all had success. Don’t waste energy bullying people into a particular way of eating.
So, the best diet to follow is …… the one that’s best for you.
Let me listen to your needs. What you want to accomplish. How you live. What’s really important to you. Then let me help you create the right dietary approach for you; one that’s specific to your goals and your lifestyle.
Because that’s what coaching really is.