I have a couple of clients who are under their daily caloric needs for weight loss. The calories were calculated using their body fat %, age, height, weight, and activity level. One client should be around 1900 and after having him keep track of his calories for a week, he fluctuated from 1100 to 1700 per day. I tried to explain how we need to slowly introduce calories into his diet, but he’s so afraid of gaining weight. He’s lost about 20 pounds already and is down 1 pound from last week. Is it better to allow his to continue his eating habits or get his calories up? He really needs the calories to continue building muscle and keep his energy level up to perform better. We train about 3 days a week with various workouts that range from strength training, to endurance training, to power and interval training.
*I should add that we started training in January, so he’s lost 20 pounds in about 7 months. He still need to drop about 12 more pounds of body fat.
i always use analogys when it comes to eating with my clients.i had a client once not eating enough in fear of gaining weight. i simply told him this;
take your metabolism as a flame and you want to keep that flame burning, the good food that we take in will be like wood to the flame, so you have to keep feeding it to keep that flame burning high, if you dont have enough wood(food) the flame(metabolism) will not be burning well enough. and also i made it clear that bad calories or empty calories taken in the body will act as an extinguisher to that flame rather than an igniter. this analogy always helped my clients because it helped them imagine and paint a picture in their mind and compare it to theri body, fun and gets them to the point ‘:)
hope it helps