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.
one more thing to consider is the way you measure body fat. Since she is in an excellent range, shaving off just 1 % won’t be easy. Make sure that the parameters of measuring body fat are strictly adhered to for a correct comparison. Hydration is one of the biggest factors that can influence the results. Here is an interesting article that shows those variables http://weightology.net/weightologyweekly/?page_id=218. In her case, I would go with measurements in specific areas of her body (eg. love handles) that she wants to improve rather then chasing a percentage number.