The #1 Dieting Mistake Nutritionists See (But Can't Say to Your Face)

Updated 06/21/17

Nutritionists have practically done and seen it all when it comes to healthy weight management; they know how to tailor meal plans and workout routines to achieve almost any physical goal (within reason, of course). But as Women's Health notes, putting those systems into practice is another story.

The magazine recently reached out to a few dietitians and nutritionists about the realities of weight management, as well as the common mistakes that ultimately stand in the way of their clients' health goals. Above all, they wish their clients would be honest with themselves about their efforts.

"I had a client once tell me for months that she was eating a salad for lunch and dinner daily" but not seeing any changes, said California-based dietitian Ana Reisdorf. "Finally, I decided to ask her what was on her salad, and she said it was the quesadilla explosion salad from Chili's. That is not a salad."

Micah Grobman, a registered dietitian based in Toronto, Canada, echoed a similar issue: "When I see a client … who presents me with a food journal that's almost too perfect but isn't reporting any weight loss, increased energy, or other non-scale victories, a red flag goes up," he confesses. "Whether they ate this way because they knew we had an appointment and wanted to impress me, or they didn't eat this way at all but wanted it to come across that way, I suspect they're not being honest."

Next up: the nine foods nutritionists refuse to eat (and why).

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