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?
Remind them that success stories on TV often have extra resources like a registered dietician, medical doctor on site, expensive health food, work out a lot and everyone has different genes. Also remind them that many of these people regain the weight, put their health at risk, or gained the weight on purpose as actors to lose it again.
Good question. By doing an assessment to see what type of changes they need to make and help them understand the difference between TV and reality. I set smaller and more reasonable goals for my clients because once they start working out those goals can change as well. They may reach them sooner or later depending on their commitment and other unknown factors that might rise during the process. No goal is for certain, but as long as they are improving in their fitness level, diet habits and discipline attitude then I consider those steps as a one step forward. I try to be honest with them and help them understand what is reachable and what is not, so their expectations can be more feasible.