5 Reasons Clients Don’t Tell You What They’re REALLY Eating with Stefan Ianev

Client's that under-report their food have a lot of trainers scratching their heads as to why their client's supposedly are eating so little, yet they still can't lose any weight. Found out why...

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Nt all, not all, not all, but most personal trainers are falsely under the impression that their clients consume a lot less food than they actually do based on what they’re client’s are telling them.

 

What’s In This Session?

  • Trainers are scratching their heads (0:51)
  • 5 main reasons why clients don’t tell you (1:30)
  • Reason #1 and what to do about it (1:36)
  • Reason #2 and what to do about it (2:11)
  • Reason #3 and what to do about it (2:47)
  • Reason #4 and what to do about it (3:18)
  • Reason #1 and what to do about it (3:48)
  • Recap (4:36)

 

Show Notes & Resources Mentioned


The Full Transcript

Most personal trainers are falsely under the impression that their clients consume a lot less food than they actually do based on what they're client's are telling them. But studies using double labelled water have shown that some people might underreport their food intake by as much as 50 to 75 percent. Well, in this video we're going to look at the five main reasons why clients underreport their food intake.

What's up everyone! I'm Stefan from thefitnessboss.com helping you take hold of those 166 hours that your clients try to undo when they're not training with you. We published brand new videos every single week, so sure to subscribe to our channel. And if you like this video, we'd greatly appreciate it if you give us a thumbs up and leave your comments below. And let us know what you think.

In today's video, we're going to look at the five main reasons why your client underreport their food intake. Underreporting food intake can actually be a big issue, because it leaves a lot of trainers scratching their heads as to why their client's supposedly eating so little, yet still can't lose any weight. For in reality, as we mentioned, clients may underreport their food intake by as much as 50 to 75 per cent, and if someone is saying that their eating 1500 calories, they may be eating as much as 3 or 4 thousand. Now obviously as a trainer, that's important to know, because if your clients are overeating, that's probably the main reason why they're not losing weight, not because they're undereating.

Now, there's five main reasons why clients typically may underreport their food intake.

The first reason is that selective reporting. Selective reporting means selectively choosing to exclude certain foods based on what you reported to their trainer. Now the biggest reason for that appears to be guilt. And typically foods that tend to be most commonly excluded foods that have a high guilt component, such as sweets, chocolates and so forth. As a general rule of thumb, females tend to selectively under report more than males. So, selective underreporting, again they're not reporting everything they're eating. They're not being honest with themselves or their coach. Just be aware of that.

Now the second reason could be because they underestimate portion sizes. If someone has never taken the time to measure out their portions. I the client don't actually know what 100 grams or eight ounces of steak looks like, or a cup of rice looks like. And they're just estimating portion sizes. Well, a lot of time they may be underestimating. They may be having quite large portion sizes, but to them they may seem small or modest portion sizes. So what we recommend for clients, is at least those first couple of weeks of their new diet plan, is to actually measure out their portions, so it actually familiarize themselves with portion sizes.

Now the third reason clients under report is poor recall. Poor dietary recall. If you ask a client to tell you what you have in the last day, or the last three days, or the last week. Then they forget to mention or write down all of the foods that they commonly eat. So what we typically recommend is having your clients when they're doing their diet log is take a photo of all their foods they consumed for that day. That way they don't forget anything. And taking photos has actually been shown to increase dietary recall or increase the accuracy of dietary reporting.

Now the fourth reason is what we call unconscious eating. Unconscious eating takes place when someone's eating without even being aware of it. Now that most commonly happens when we're in front of the TV snacking on nuts or chips or anything of that nature. Or you might even be at the desk and you're snacking at the desk while you working on your computer. And basically we're taking calories without even realizing it. A lot of times these calories add up to quite a bit. But we don't actually report it in our diet logs, because we actually completely overlook it.

The fifth and final reason is hidden calories. So this is basic calories that we're not even aware that we consuming. So for example calories maybe in latte's, soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, or even food disguised as healthy alternatives. Foods that maybe low fat for example but very high in sugar, so still high in calories. Or foods that may be disguised as gluten free or low carb, but they're very high in fat, so they're still very high in calories.

So in that case, we're taking calories that we're not even aware of. So those are the 5 main reasons why it's so common for clients to underreport so drastically, and be eating so much more than what they're actually reporting to their coach. So as far as the coach noticed, because a client's typically eating a lot more than what they say they're eating. So a coach needs scale back their eating, but substantially more than what they previously thought.

So let's quickly recap that: 5 main reasons why client's underreport their food intake is number one, Selective reporting. Number two, because they underestimate portion sizes. Number three, because of just poor dietary recall. Number four, unconscious eating. And the fifth one, hidden calories.

And that will do it for today.

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