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 would concur with Joanne and add that the most important part of weight loss is food tracking prior to eating!
Suggest Weight Watchers to her and make sure you are really mixing her workouts up!
Also remember the scale is only one facet of success, she needs to concentrate on what she has done so far!
Make sure she is setting realistic goals
Sounds to me that she may be putting on lean muscle tissue which won’t show on the scale. Losing inches, firming up and wearing smaller sizes is great progress!
I always tell my clients up front that a better indicator of fat loss than the scale is when: 1. your clothes are fitting looser and 2. you start getting compliments!
Hi Terri…I can understand your frustration! I would definitely revisit her diet and workout plan. Is she consuming enough protein? Is she drinking enough ice water? Is she avoiding eating “white” carbs? What works best in her exercise routine and what does not? Has she tried incorporating garlic extract into her diet?
If she is very serious about dropping to under 200lbs, I would have her strictly maintain a Slow Carb Diet.
The tiniest change in nutrition and exercise can yield maximum results!
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Hi Terri. The weight WILL eventually start coming off if indeed all is how you’ve described! But, I would completely focus my client AWAY from the scale and look at the MANY advances that she’s already made (e.g. lower blood pressure, smaller sized clothes…). Each of these advances relate much more closely to overall health and fitness than measuring her success based on the scale. I’ve worked with many overweight/obese women clients and try to hammer this approach into their heads before we start, and consistently throughout our work together.
I published two articles on this very subject and would be happy to share them with you if you send me an email.
I hope that this helps.