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.
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.