Today, more and more Americans are gaining weight. More and more personal fitness trainers are called upon to help people achieve their weight loss goals. As a personal trainer who works with clients at their homes in Boca Raton, Florida, I’ve noticed that many of my clients have issues being overweight. When they approach me to set them up on a fitness program to lose weight, this is a challenge I take very seriously to help them achieve their weight loss goals.
Rather than set them up on a diet that restricts calories and nutrition, I slowly educate them on how they could make better healthy nutritional choices. Lifestyle habits must be changed slowly. One would have a hard time changing everything they need in the day! The best way and most successful way is to slowly educate clients to make better choices when they eat. This requires more connection between the personal fitness trainer and the client. The fitness trainer should be educated in the psychology of how to help their clients make sound choices. There are many obstacles that a trainer and the client must overcome to get on the same page for weight loss. This takes patience, understanding, and knowledge by the fitness trainer.
One example is if the client does not eat breakfast. Rather than give them a full meal, the client can start out by having a half cup of yogurt and half of a banana. Clearly, this is better than not having a breakfast that all. It’s a sound and achievable start.
Another example is if the client likes to eat a hearty breakfast, such as bacon and eggs, home fries with toast, and coffee, then it’s really understandable to see that this diet is very high in fat and carbohydrates. A good suggestion could be a bowl of oatmeal with some blueberries topped off with cinnamon, and maybe two egg whites scrambled or hard-boiled. These are just little tricks and adjustments that are still doable, very nutritious, and taste good.
There are hundreds of healthy choices that the client can make. It would just be advisable to motivate them. Start them off slowly with sound nutritional advice, and give them many choices so they feel that they are taking charge of weight loss goals.