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 the client that they didn’t gain the weight overnight and are not going to lose it overnight. It takes approximately one year to create a healthy lifestyle. Advise if you were with them 24 hours a day and monitoring there every move they too can drop the weight as quickly as seen on TV. Can they afford to pay you for that?
That’s a tough one, but doable.
Help them with goal setting techniques by sitting down with them and writing on paper different goals and techniques to reach these goals (I have handouts on goal setting that I use with my clients). Break down goals into time zones, starting with 1 year, to 6 months, 1 month, 2 weeks, and 1 week. This way, youwork backwards fro mthe unrealistic goal towards more realistic and feasable goals. I have found once clients are given the tools to set realistic goals and, more importantly, see these goals being reached, they acclimate to better goal setting.