The question we tend to get this time of year — you know, a month into resolutions and everyone is jumping ship — is: How do I track my client’s nutritional behaviors? Whether a coach wants a client to track their macros or just make sure they drink enough water, properly tracking a client’s nutritional behaviors can be the difference between reaching goals and falling frustratingly short. Here are four steps, derived from the OPEX System of Coaching, we use to track nutritional behaviors.
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Firstly, define the ‘why’. Before asking a client to track nutritional behaviors a coach needs to make sure it aligns with their goals. Ensuring proper alignment is the difference between a client being accountable or blowing it off entirely. Secondly, the ‘what’. Figure out what exactly the client will track, will it be their veggie intake, their calories, or simply the amount of water they drink — this is influenced by their goals. Thirdly, the ‘how’. Decide what metrics both coach and client will use to track nutritional behaviors, this again is unique and influenced by the why and what. Examples of metrics include ounces, number of meals, shades of veggies, etc.
Depending on the consultation measure where the client is relative to their goals. If the goal is to eat more vegetables, how many does the client eat now? If the goal is to drink more water how much do they drink right now? Assessing the starting point is crucial as it gives the coach a point of reference for future assessments.
Based on what was decided in the consultation set up a method to track that particular metric. We recommend using an app such as TrueCoach where a client can track their nutritional behaviors and workouts in one place.
The only way that tracking nutritional behaviors works is through consistency. This is two-fold. It is not just the client’s job to be consistent. The coach has to be consistent and hold the client’s feet to the fire so to say. If the goal is to consume a number of ounces of water per day the coach needs to check on the clients progress weekly.
This question was pulled directly from our coaching forum where OPEX Instructor Sean McGovern responded to the coach’s question. The forum is just one of many ways we support OPEX Coaching Certificate Program (CCP) Coaches. This resource allows coaches to connect and engage in concept exploration with other CCP Coaches and instructors. Apply for the OPEX Coaching Certificate Program (CCP), today and get access to our exclusive forum along with a whole module devoted specifically to nourishment.