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??
The responses are great. Dropping two dress sizes is probably a more important measure than changes on a scale, although I recognize that scale weight is an important consideration for your client.
In addition to all of the great suggestions already given, I encourage you to do a 5-site skinfold baseline: triceps, abdominal, thigh, subscapular, suprailiac. Look for changes in these measurements once a month to encourage your client to recogize that changes in body composition are the best measure of fat loss.