DietMaster Pro Weight Management Software
Identifying & justifying the value of weight management consulting through analysis.
Your client must clearly see and understand the value of your services or it will be difficult for you to sell them. You must be able to present your services so your client's "perceived value" is high. Ask yourself where your client can go to get this type of service and how much would they pay? If you are a personal trainer and have a long-term relationship with your client, you probably know them better than their doctor.
The process to identify and justify the value of your services is to "open the client's eyes" and make them aware of what their current dietary intake is and how it may be effecting their personal weight management and health and fitness goals. The first step in this process is called a dietary analysis. This process involves building a model of the client's current eating habits and being able to compare the energy (calories) and macronutrient intake (proteins, carbohydrates and fats) against what DietMaster Pro is recommending. The comparison will enable you to identify deficiencies and over consumption very easily. The second step is identifying the micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) that are available from the client's current food intake and identify deficiencies so proper supplementation is recommended to meet the published RDAs (Recommended Daily Allowances).
The process to perform a dietary and nutrient analysis is as follows:
- Have the client complete the Client Profile Questionnaire. This document can be printed from DietMaster Pro by clicking on the Misc. menu option, then clicking on Questionnaire.
- Enter the client data from the Questionnaire into DietMaster Pro by selecting the New User button from the Main Menu. Enter all of the data required within the DietWizard screens.
- Once you have entered the data successfully you will be directed to the Finished screen. This screen will summarize the recommended intake of calories, proteins, carbohydrates and fat needed to reach the desired weight management goal.
- Next Click on the Record/Build Meals button. This will take you to the Meals screen where you will record the client's current food intake.
- The Meals screen date will default to the current date. If you desire to record foods for a different date, make your selection by clicking on the desired date within the calendar.
- To begin adding foods, click on the Foods tab located just above the calendar. Next click on the drop-down arrow located to the right of the Food Categories field. Scroll up and select the All category.
- Next, search for the foods that the client has referenced consuming on the Questionnaire. Add these foods to the appropriate or estimated meal time (breakfast, AM Snack, etc.) Once you have located the food click on it so it is highlighted in blue. Next, check the Food Measurements value just below the list to confirm the serving measurement is desirable. To add the food you may double-click on it from the list, or click the Add to Meal button.
- Adjust the serving size to the proper amount. This is very important to insure the data reflected is as accurate as possible. If your client did not provide the portion size use your best estimation.
- If your client has listed a food that cannot be found in the database make sure you have also searched the appropriate categories (example: instead of "All", try "Breads"). It may be listed differently than you think (example: searching for "wheat bread" may be listed as "bread, wheat"). Once you have exhausted your search you may add a food to the database if you have the nutritional values of the food. These values can be obtained from the foods nutritional label or a Nutritional Food Reference Guide. These books can be obtained from any bookstore. To learn more about adding a food to the database do the following:
- while the program is open click Help from the menu, then click Contents
- If the Help screen displays in colors that are difficult to read click Options, then Use System Colors. The Help file will need to be closed then re-opened
- Next click Food Details Screen from the Table of Contents
- Then click Adding New Foods to the Database
- Once all of the foods have been entered you will need to print two (2) reports. These are the Dietary Analysis and Daily Nutrient Analysis. Below is a review of what data these reports will provide:
Dietary Analysis - a model of the clients current eating habits and compares the energy (calories) and macro-nutrient intake (proteins, carbohydrates and fats) against what DietMaster Pro is recommending. The comparison will enable you to identify deficiencies and over consumption's very easily.
Daily Nutrient Analysis - identifies the micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) that are available from the client's current food intake and identify deficiencies so proper supplementation is recommended to meet the published RDAs (Recommended Daily Allowances).
- To print the Dietary Analysis report, click on the Reports menu located at the top of the program page. Then select Dietary Analysis. Next, you will be asked for the date range. The Report Start Date should reflect the current date (or the date the food data was recorded) and the Report End Date should be the same as the Start Date. After the dates have been confirmed, click Preview to view your work prior to printing. To print the report click on the printer icon button in the lower-middle section of the preview screen.
- To print the Daily Nutrient Analysis Report, make sure you have the Meals screen open and viewable. Click on the Daily Nutrient Analysis button located in the upper right corner of the Meals screen. The report will display on the screen prior to printing. Note the deficient values are identified in red. If you do not have a color printer these values will appear as negative numbers when printed (e.g., -125.). To print the report click on the printer icon button in the lower-middle section of the preview screen.
- Next, take a few minutes to understand the data provided by each report. You should clearly understand how to review the data with your client. In the Dietary Analysis Report point out where the over consumption of fats are coming from, or maybe to much or not enough overall calories. The Daily Nutrient Analysis will easily identify where the deficiencies of vitamins and minerals are. This data will enable you justify and recommend that sale of supplements.
The Analysis In Summary - this entire process should take you no more than 10 minutes once you have become comfortable with the program. It may take a bit longer if you need to add a food or foods to the database. Most of the time this will not be necessary. Remember that this exercise is to be an estimation of your client's current food intake. Do not misrepresent the service as being 100% accurate.
The initial weight management consultation.
The following services will be performed during the initial consultation:
- body composition testing and recording in DietMaster Pro Body Composition screen
- set goal weight in DietWizard and discuss the target goal date with client, DON'T OVER-PROMISE, SET REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS!!
- body measurements should be taken and recorded in DietMaster Pro Measurements screen select a meal plan template that provides the recommended calories and dietary preference
- review foods in meal plan template and identify food dislikes and make any substitutions if needed
- discuss and recommend supplementation
- print Meal Planner, Grocery List and User Profile reports
- set follow up appointment for 2-3 weeks
Providing meal plan recommendations using the meal plan templates.
You can quickly provide your client with recommended meal plans and grocery lists by utilizing the meal plan templates. These templates can be easily copied into the client's Meals screen for quick editing and printing. Each template provides 7 days of menu plans. The Meal Planner Report will show a meal date and day# (example: Day #1, 01/02/2001). The client should rotate the 7 days for a period of 2-3 weeks. It will be necessary to explain to your client that they do not have to follow the exact order of the meal plans. A follow up visit should be scheduled for after the 2-3 week period.
The process for copying meal plan templates into the client's record is as follows:
- Open the client's record by clicking on the Open User button from the Main Menu. You may begin typing the last name of the user's name in the User Search box to quickly locate the user or use the scroll arrows. Once you have located the user click on it then click the OK button.
- You will then see the User Profile screen. To copy from a meal plan template you will need to open the Meals screen by clicking on the Meals graphical icon that appears on the programs tool bar (the icon resembles a knife, fork and spoon).
- Once the Meals screen is open, click the Copy From button. The list of all users will appear. Locate the template file that best suits the client's dietary needs and click on it so it appears highlighted. Next click the Copy button. A message box will appear saying that the meals have been successfully copied.
- Make any needed adjustments ore food exchanges if necessary.
- To print the Meal Planner report, click Reports from the program Menu bar located at the top of the screen, then select Meal Planner.
- Identify the date range. This should be for seven (7) days. Then click preview to view your work before printing. To print click the Print icon button.
- To print the Grocery List report, click Reports from the program Menu bar located at the top of the screen, then select Grocery List.
- Identify the date range. If you just printed the Meal Planner report this should already be set for seven (7) days. Then click preview to view your work before printing. To print click the Print icon button.
- Review the reports with your client to insure he/she understands the menu plan.
The follow up visit.
The following services will be performed during the follow up consultation:
- update the client's current weight and any change in profile in the DietWizard
- enter new body composition test results in DietMaster Pro Body Composition screen
- review Goals & Tracking screen data (make sure Start Date reflects the first body composition test date), review the red Goal Weight line and discuss current trend and the target goal date with client
- update body measurements and record in DietMaster Pro Measurements screen
- select a meal plan template that provides the recommended calories and dietary preference
- review foods in meal plan template and identify food dislikes and make any substitutions or exchanges if needed
- discuss and recommend supplementation
- print Meal Planner, Grocery List, User Profile, Goals & Tracking reports
- set follow up appointment for 2-3 week