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?
You’ve gotten some great answers already. And this certainly is a frustrating situation, one that most trainers will encounter at some point in their careers.
Have you tried asking them why they chose to lower their calories or are making certain food choices? I find that asking my clients questions gains me additional insight into how they’re making their decisions and allows me to provide them with information that will help them find solutions to their obstacles. It also gets them involved in the process.
Please remember that only they can make the changes in their lives. You can provide all the tools necessary, but they have to decide to make the change. And not everyone is always ready to do that.
Good luck! If anything, you’ll learn from this experience and grow as a trainer!