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?
As neither one of us are nutritionists or dietitians, all we can do is RECOMMEND a caloric intake for someone to follow. However, it is entirely up to them what they choose to eat. If they are doing everything that you ask of them during your training sessions and haven’t any complaints then the sessions are going accordingly. If they are complaining about a lack of results then you go ahead and hit them with both barrels (Of “I told you so”). If the whole situation becomes too much, fire them and move on. Its your job to give them what they need to accomplish their goals but not to accomplish their goals for them.