I have several clients that are 5 feet tall or shorter and they are not losing weight even though I have them on a similar nutrition and exercise plan as my other clients. Plan include 90 minutes of strength training, 90 minutes of cardio, eating 1300 calories, eating every 3-4 hours, 100g of protein and lots of water. It works for most clients but not the shorter clients. Any ideas why? These clients are really pushing themselves during the workout and are following the program. It’s frustrating for them and me. Please let me know if you have experienced this too?
I would agree with all the above, but I would ask why all your clients are on the same program? We are all very different. While most nutritionists suggest several small meals every 3-4 hours, that does not work for everyone. Some people do better with just 3 meals a day. We are all individuals.
It also sounds as if your clients are doing a great deal of exercise; is this every day? If they are fit and medically approved I would suggest adding some shorter duration but high intensity interval type workouts 2-3 times a week. Are you qualified to prescribe a diet for them? If they are really trying to lose weight (and I would ask them why) I would consider referring them to a RD. It is true petite people may have a harder time losing weight because their actual caloric need will be smaller than someone tall, but 100 grams of protein seems pretty high for someone under 5 feet tall.