I recently aquired two new clients, both overweight, and spent over 2 hours assessing them, calculating their BMRs, and recommending a caloric range for both.
For one of them I recommended between 1500 and 1750 calories for an average weight loss of 1-2 lbs a week if she exercises. She changed her caloric intake to 1200 in the program, chose to eat 600 calories for a few days, then stopped logging her meals altogether. The other client was staying within his caloric range but ate very low ND foods such as white pasta, pancakes, and processed meats. I asked him to incorporate one fruit, vegetable, or side salad a day. He chose to ignore me for 3 weeks and then his calories jumped way above his recommended intake. I know you can’t win every battle, but I feel like I am losing these two and maybe it is not my battle to fight. How would you handle these two situations?
It is extremely heartbreaking for a trainer to put the work in preparing a diet and fitness plan for clients who do not put in their part of the effort. As hard is it may be, you must come to terms with the fact that you are doing the best you can but it is their responsibility to put the work in – you can’t lose the weight for them. The fact that you posted this question shows that you care very much for your clients – you should feel proud!! Think of all the successful clients you have had, perhaps once these two see that they are not getting results they will come around. They have to want it as much as you.