44 y/o female, not overweight; came to me to get ‘fit’. She is a very disciplined clean eater and works with me 3 hrs a week with workouts on her own at home 2 days (mostly cardio). While she’s made tremendous progress with strength and muscle tone, I can’t seem to get the BF% down. She’s at 24.5% and wants to shave a few points off and then there is those stubborn ‘love handles’.
We’re strength training (progressive and supersets), cardio intervals and HIIT sessions, all of which she loves. She’s a nurse anesthetist, so snacking during the day is pretty much impossible due to her surgery schedules.
I am thinking that her protein/caloric intake is insufficient or perhaps we are over training? Welcome your thoughts.
Thank you all for your responses!
Sorry for not including more info initially. She’s 5’4″, 24.5% BF and 126 lbs; measurements are great. I reiterated to her that her numbers are excellent – she is very psyched to be working out again and as a personal goal she just wants to lean out some more (ripped, as she confirmed). No body image issues whatsoever!
After reviewing her food journal for the last 3 days, while she is still eating incredibly clean, I can see now that she’s not getting enough calories (barely 1500 calories) in addition to her protein & carb counts (maybe 90g carbs a day and protein usually between 50-90) which are just way too low (she’s being a little too good).
So, with her extra workouts and not enough food, I’m pretty sure this is why I’ve not been able to get more muscle mass on her. I think if I have her back off on her home training and get her to up her calories with more protein and carbs, she will see some additional changes.
Welcome your responses and thanks for your help!