It’s pretty much assumed that the bread and butter of a personal trainer’s income is made up of weight loss clients. But did you know there are different sorts of weight loss clients and that your personal trainer will be able to work out which “sort” you are. This analysis helps determine whether or not you stand a good chance of losing weight…..and keeping if off!
Firstly and most commonly, there is the sort who have significant weight to loose from a lifetime of over indulgence and lack of exercise who want to get rid of their tummies, upper thighs and bingo wings within a couple of months.
They profess to eat mice sized portions and think food, especially carbs, are the enemy and they have tried every diet under the sun. They don’t like to deny themselves treats and feel excluded if they avoid temptation socially. They drink a couple of glasses of red with dinner most evenings and more on the weekends.
Losing weight for them has become the focus of their world and they are extremely emotional about it, yet they have no reality of what it takes to work off a pound of fat and keep it off, let alone the 30 more they want to lose. They find it hard to stick to a program of exercise and diet and will generally not succeed.
A personal trainer can usually spot this client within 2 minutes. These clients need to increase their time frame for change, understand they are trying to change a lifetime of bad habits both physically and psychologically and re-frame their entire approach to exercise and food in order to appreciate a cleaner lifestyle rather than treat it as a punishment. Your trainer will also recommend some reliable and reputable products to you to support and sustain your diet. Clear nails plus is also one of the products that you may want to consider.
Next up is the client who is getting married, competing in a one off event, or is on a mission in some other manner. They stop at nothing to get to where they want to be and will do anything their trainer asks in order to lose the weight and get to the end goal. It is a finite amount of time in their eyes and they do not care how much it hurts or what sacrifices are involved in order to achieve it.
These clients will get to their goal and then typically having felt so denied for a few months will go off and celebrate so hard for so long afterwards that by the time the party is over they have gotten back into their bad habits again that it is hard to get onto the wagon without the structure of the fixed goal they had the first time.
These clients need not race so hard to get to the goal and allow more time to get there.
Once there, they need to recognise the work they undertook to get there and set a new goal a little bit further away that they can focus on next as they are goal orientated people.
Finally and most successful of the 3 types is the client who has reached rock bottom and has had a wakeup call. They have tried everything like type 1 but they have also yo-yo’d so hard they will do anything to avoid re-visiting that place.
They are often haunted from their own periods of weight loss hell and understand that patience and consistency is king in weight loss making realistic about how hard they have to work in order to achieve their goals. They don’t question, don’t give excuses and don’t give up. They are easy to work with as a personal trainer and they achieve the highest rate of success amongst the other types of weight loss clients. They will lose and maintain weight loss and very often will have formally been type 1 or type 2.