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You did not include the age of the individual in your introductory paragraph. Interesting article on listening to clients.
In my experience, it is indeed critical to make the client aware that you believe in them. In the weight loss setting, poor self-esteem is a major hurdle for the obese to overcome. If they sense that you do not believe in them it will become yet another
more» excuse to give up! Also, it is easy to give advice based on the latest and greatest study or paper. Do not let you or your clients fall prey to what I call the "n of one" syndrome. Stick with what is proven AND makes sense.«less
Very good article and writing style.