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?
I commend you for hanging in there for over three weeks. Your help and knowledge can only go so far…the rest is up to the both of them and what they do on their own time is out of your control.
You can only set forth the rules, advice and goals in your assesment/s and stick to them whether they choose to do it or not.
At this point I would reasses each client and find out why your advice, journal logging and the goals set forth are not a priority in their lifestyle change.
As a Fitness Professional you have a choice for whom you wish to take on as a client and their success is your success.
I have had a client/s in a similar situation and I simply stated that I have failed them as their Personal Trainer and referred them to another trainer and stated all of the reasons why.
Remarkably, they had a change of heart knowing how serious I was about their health. Looking back.. they “thanked” me for my commitment to them.
Keep us posted on your outcome.