Janel, it sounds like you’re doing all you can do. Change takes time. Sometimes it means hearing the same message, several different ways, before it clicks. Find out what that “weight number” means to her. Why does she want to lose the weight? What is she hoping to achieve by weighing…..lbs? Sometimes knowing why a person wants to weigh a certain number or what they’re hoping to achieve by weighing a certain number, we can better help them achieve their “real” goal.
Good luck! Keep at it! Change takes time and sometimes requires a different approach from both client and trainer.
I agree with the three of you and that is how I work with my clients as well. This young woman knows she needs to add strength training to her regimen and she is working on adding that into her routine. Strength training will change her metabolism and she has been educated in this. We have also had extensive conversation about the quality of calories she is consuming. She has just recently ended a diet program that I was not all that thrilled with, and so I am working with her to first reach balance and then to encourage change in her metabolism through proper energy consumption and exercise. In my estimation, the scale is not a final tell-all measurement tool and I suggest to my clients that insist on weighing themselves several times a day, to actually put their scales away and pay attention to their measurements and percentages instead.
Thank you all for your input.
I concur with Karin and LaRue. Once you correctly calculate her RMR, add in calories based on her activity level. Then subtract out 250 – 500 calories per day to help her achieve her weight loss goal.
However, like you pointed out before and Karin as well, there also needs to be an education of the client regarding the quality of the calories she’s consuming, that she needs to eat to her activity level, that reducing calories too low will slow her metabolism and that she needs to add in a full exercise routine (cardio, strength training and flexibility).
I often have clients judge their health not just by a number on a scale, but also by waist measurement, body fat % and how their clothing feels. They can sometimes see these numbers improve before the number on the scale changes.