For many people, following a diet is still synonymous with great sacrifices and having no more pleasure in eating. So, how to motivate patients to stay on the diet? A very important task of the nutritionist is to end these myths, showing that it is perfectly possible to have a healthy, tasty diet and enjoy its consequent gains.
Understanding the patient’s reality
Financial, his work routine and activities are a good starting point to structure the entire food plan. Choices that are inconsistent with your personality and lifestyle can result in difficult goals and compromise diet maintenance. It is more appropriate to choose a less accelerated progression, with small achievements, than to propose actions that are apparently unattainable, even if they can generate better results. The get well wishes are the common options here.
The following are some tips on how to keep your patient focused on their eating plan
Focus on the result
Recognition of positive points is one of the most efficient devices to motivate patients to remain focused on the success of the diet. So try to revere and recognize each effort, each missed measure and the physical and nutritional evolution.
Periodic physical assessments are very important for patients to better visualize the reduction in fat percentages and even the increase in lean mass. But, do not show satisfaction with just that, try to show each of them how much they have improved in their performance of simple activities of daily life.
It is important to show that the benefits obtained from the treatment can interfere, not only in the performance of physical activities, but also favor a better quality of sleep and help to have less wear and tear in actions and movements that the patient previously had difficulty.
Know your patient
The reason that led the patient to seek nutritional guidance can be diverse, and may lead to the need for a different approach. Therefore, it is up to the professional to identify the aspects to be worked on during the treatment.
The nutritionist should not only charge for the results, but also be concerned with how the patient is feeling during the follow-up. Often, some failures are justified by emotional distress or personal problems, and this must also be taken into account.
It is essential to consider the personal goals and the emotional and personality particularities of each one, so that the approach is personal and meets the needs of the patient.
Propose solutions for everyday life
We know that everyone has daily routines and commitments that hinder discipline with healthy eating and living, but you as a good nutritionist must propose solutions that convince your patient to believe that all strategies are possible and can be adapted to everyday life.
- Present solutions and demonstrate that following a healthy diet, today, can be easier, as there are establishments that offer quick services and with nutritionally complete meals.
- There are allies that are increasingly present in the life of those who invest in natural food. They can be great allies of a busy routine and the client can take them to college, work, the gym and more.
- To prepare them, try to understand the routines and recommend a moment a week, making it possible to prepare the menu of not only one day, but several.