This is actually a common issue with women who have yo-yo dieted in the past. The scale can fluctuate greatly, so in a way it is refreshing to see people opt out of using the scale as the holy-grail.
I think pictures are a great alternative, as is having the client try on one pair of jeans weekly and document how they fit.
It is also soo much more important that the client FEELS a difference in his/her body. While physical change is a major, undeniable component, having the client understand that exercise and lifestyle changes actually FEEL better (after the first couple of weeks of pain) is huge…that’s when clients really GET it, and want to stay with this as a lifestyle.
I feel all have very good answers for you. I just want to add to make sure they have seen a doctor in recent. And, to keep in mind any health issues they make have. I am sure you want to really help this person. He/she has come to you, that is a first step. Be calm and support. Good luck, Brian Rozzi
Just wanted to thank you all again. I had a really good heart to heart with my client last night. She was able to express her concerns about her stability, strength and everyday functioning. We come up with some ways that she is comfortable with to measure her progress! She is very motivated and excited.
Hi Kerry. Actually, I never weigh or measure my obese/overweight clients. I want their focus to be on how they’re starting to feel, both physically and mentally about themselves. I tell them to ‘monitor’ how their clothes fit. When they start getting looser – they’re making progress. I even wrote an article about this once entitled “I Love It When My Clients’ Pants Fall Down” after observing one of my clients one day constantly tugging at/pulling up her pants during our session. They were the same pants she had been wearing since we had started training together 🙂
I hope that this helps.