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
Hi Nicole. Any “convincing” has to come from the client themselves. What we as trainers CAN do is give our clients our opinions, our recommendations, and arm them with the facts so that they can then make up their own minds with the best information that we can provide for them.
I hope that this helps.
I just tell everyone that I never want to see them go under 1200kcal-1400kcal as that is the bare essentials for basic metabolic functions (ie nervous system, liver, kidneys…). I, also, explain how the body is a highly adaptive machine. If you are cutting back on your fat intake (as most of society does), your body is going, “Oh NO! I am not getting fat and I need fat. I am going to store every ounce of fat that I can!!” This throws people into the yo-yo-loop.
To Deprive Earns you NO HIGH FIVE! In my book 🙂
Sounds to me like your client needs to cycle out of a fat loss cycle and move into a metabolism repair cycle then go back into fat loss with higher calories.
Explain that the metabolism is damaged (slowed down) because of dieting and it is important to find the metabolic set point then boost it up, without gaining weight.