So many people go to trainers in hopes of losing an unrealistic amount of weight in such a short time. TV makes it look like it can happen within weeks! When the client is unable to reach that goal they are disappointed, naturally. What do you trainers do to help a client understand this is a lifestyle change and will not happen overnight?
Sit down with the client and discuss his/her goals together. Listen to what he/she is communicating to you: concerns, past experiences, fears, expectations, smoke screens, etc..Are the goals truly unrealistic?? Bring your professional experience and knowledge to the table: examples of other client success stories; basic physiology in terms of the human body’s ability to respond to exercise, diet, etc…
A SMART goal-setting exercise (specific, manageable, attainable, realistic, time line) probably wouldn’t hurt, and would definitely give some direction and insight to the process.
Most people respond positively to a well thought out plan, and will give it a fair chance if guided and supported.