I would, as Karin and other mentioned, gain a committment on aerobic exercise, and, also a committment to journal her food intake. Holding her to her own expectations is the key. She is responsible for the win. You provide her the tools, the support, the recommendations, and she engages the plan you build togehter.
Lots of great answers here. I second the use of a food journal for at least 7 days. It allows you to see what she’s eating and how she can make some changes for the better. I also agree with giving her homework. If you’re doing combination training with her (cardio and weights, body weight, dumbbells, etc) she can simply do cardio on the days she’s not with you to burn some extra calories and keep the metabolism going. Make sure she’s got one day of rest in there so she recovers and can keep working strong to reach her goals.
As a Holistic Nutritionist, my question echos the other fit pros: How fast is fast? I do not encourage my clients to lose more than 2 pounds a week, and if your client’s goal is to lose faster, it may be time for another assessment, reevaluating their goals and making sure they are attainable in a timely manner.
I would also suggest encouraging your client to utilize a food/nutrition journal.
Also there is an awesome formula on fat loss/weight loss that are in most certification manuals that you can calculate exactly how much weight your client would need to lose to hit a certain bodyfat percentage…its Fabulous!!
For the record, I never see/train my clients more than 3 days a week and if they do want to do any type of additional workouts, I would suggest some type of aerobics class or a day (or two) of active rest. Whether you train your clients for 30 or 60 minutes sometimes you have to have them do the math on their results. For example:
24 hours in a day x 7 days a week = 168 hours in a week
I train you 3 x a week 1 hour = 3 hours a week
You therefore have = 165 hours a week (- sleeping on your results)
Therefore Dear Client….what are YOU doing to ensure your results?
I hope this helps!
– Cheers and Continued Success!
I want to add to the comments of the others that YOU cannot reduce weight for her, fast or slow. You can make recommendations for cardiovascular exercises which she can do by herself when she does not train with you. But her food intake is a big part of the equation, and you have no control over that.
On the assumption that she is healthy and can exercise every day, I would add cardiovascular exercise assignment to her daily routine.