Hey All: I have a 46 year old client who has been working hard for about 8 weeks. She looks and feels great, her blood pressure and RHR are down, her energy is up, and she’s wearing clothes she said she hasn’t worn in years. According to her she is 2 dress sizes down. But the scale won’t move! She’s bouncing between 204 and 200 for almost the entire time. I’ve played with her calories, her diet has improved (still not exactly where I’d like it) there are no thyroid issues….thoughts? My guess is I;m not getting the whole story about her food (though she’s pretty dedicated and committed) or someone in her household is fiddling with her scale settings. Ha! Seriously though…thoughts??
I agree with many of the others. The scale, especially for women, can be stubborn at times. I trained a mother of 7 in her 40’s for 8 weeks and from the very start, I told her that her energy level and dress would be the best indicator of progress. My initial assessment included weight but I stressed that the scale isn’t always an accurate measure. In the end she reported feeling more energized and was happy with the loss of inches….the scale didn’t reflect her success.
Obviously, your client is sticking to your diet and workout plan or she wouldn’t see the kind of progress in her BP or dress size. Use alternate means of assessing like body fat and waistline/hip circumference.
In the end, keep encouraging her to look at the positive changes and ignore that fickle scale : )