Have you invested in a phone app that shares diet meal plans, or has your PT offered their advice?
We live in a world of ever-changing fad diets, where people are bombarded with marketing messages every day of “quick and easy” health and weight loss fixes. These might include the latest challenge at your local gym, or an app promising you all the answers for weight loss.
Some may seem successful at the start, however, inevitably many of these programs have been shown to fail; resulting in weight being re-gained and you being back at square one.
Why is this so and how can we overcome these issues? Our Brisbane dietitian explains why your meal plan might not be working below.
4 Reasons Why Your Meal Plan Isn’t Working
1. Generic Plans
Generic meal plans or guides found on nutrition-based apps are just that – they are generalized! They are not tailored to you, your goals or your health needs.
Every individual is different and will likely need a slightly different plan in order to succeed.
2. Personal Trainers Not Staying Within Their Scope Of Practice
Personal trainers are legally allowed to provide general nutrition advice, such as ‘eat more fruit and veg’, ‘consume less processed food’ etc.
However, giving out any more individualized nutrition guidelines, (including calorie/macro targets and meal plans) is out of their scope.
3. Lack of Personalised Support
It is pretty well documented that one of the main reasons diet interventions don’t work is due to a lack of personalised health counselling, support and accountability during the process.
The role of a dietitian is not only to provide the nutrition plan, but also to be in regular contact with the client to help identify barriers which may arise, and to help provide tailored solutions.
A phone app is not able to provide such a service.
4. Lack of flexibility/sustainability
Aside from the lack of support and follow up, the other main reason a diet does not work is that it is generally too restrictive, too extreme, does not allow for much enjoyment and is therefore not usually adhered to long term.
A well-designed nutrition plan should:
- Include the client’s favourite foods,
- Allow for meals out,
- Allow for alcohol (if so desired), and
- Essentially not be complicated, overly restrictive or unenjoyable!
If this sounds like the kind of nutrition intervention you are trying to follow, it might be time to seek out some professional help from an accredited practicing dietitian – like our qualified team member.
See our Dietitian for Personalised Diet Meal Plans
Would you like to make an appointment with our Brisbane dietitian and have a personlised meal plan drawn up?
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