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 agree with those who support the idea that all we can do as trainers to help our clients is to educate them and give them the facts and show them the best way to live a healthy life. In the end, our clients are the ones who decide to listen to our suggestions and make the commitment, or not. I think whatever you can present to those clients in the way of studies or articles is helpful, whether you email those specifically to targeted clients who are struggling, or whether you sneak them into e-newsletters or even a blog. There are some excellent articles on this website, so you could start there.