I like to keep things pretty simple in life and nutrition is definitely one of those things - sure, we could talk about nailing macronutrient and micronutrient levels, ketones, carb loading, water manipulation and advanced fat loss strategies.
To be honest, if you follow the basics then you'll more than likely make fantastic progress without the need to ever worry about more advanced areas. There are some exceptions to that such as athletes, bodybuilders but they are few and far between.
With the overwhelmingly vast array of diet and nutritional advice out there, trying to change what you eat to reach your goals can feel like you're navigating a complex food minefield.
When it comes to working with a client on their nutrition, I like to keep things as simple as possible for them and build on those changes over time and you can use this strategy too.
I like to start with looking at what someone is currently eating and then working with them to focus on changing one meal at a time.
For example, we could pick breakfast and focus our attention on improving that for a start before moving onto other meals and snacks.
Taking breakfast for example:
Stage 1) The first thing is are you actually eating a breakfast? If not, consistently get something / anything in place so you build that habit of having breakfast. That means looking at the reasons why you don't have breakfast currently and seeing what strategies work best for you to get something in place.
Stage 2) What is the quality of the food like? Once you get something / anything in place, then improve the quality of what you are eating to include more vitamins and minerals.
Stage 3) How much food are you eating? So breakfast is now in place and you've improved the quality of the ingredients. Now it's time to work on the quantity of what you're eating so it's more in line with the goals you're looking to achieve.
This is the general plan for how you can approach changing your own nutrition and change you meals one at a time.
You do have to work at some of those strategies and changes. If you find yourself being resistant to pretty much any change, you need to look at why you're being so resistant and work on that first.
Once you do start with those little changes, if done consistently over time, will add up to big improvements.
This is my, mostly, Personal Trainer musings and information which I hope you'll find helpful!