Truth bomb: the clients I find most challenging are the serial yoyo dieters. That’s not to say it affects how I get on with them as a person, but they are harder work. A negative set of measurements, when I know my nutrition support has been ignored and traded for a shake, is as infuriating as it is upsetting. The same applies to those who refuse to change a thing nutritionally or do any training outside of our sessions but still expect the results.
– Yoyo dieters will take on extreme eating habits for relatively short periods of time, either repeating one diet over and over or working through a variety. –
Without going too deep into my dislike of ‘diets’ as a whole, most meal replacement diets work by dramatically reducing calories while pumping you full of diuretics, a substance that promoted the production of urine. This leads firstly to a large loss in water weight, followed (if you can stick it out long enough) by muscle mass and a little fat.
Serial yoyo dieters will start a diet, usually severely cutting calories, surviving off shakes or cutting out whole *vital food groups (protein or fats). Due to the nature of the diet the number on the scales drops dramatically. “This is amazing! It sucks, I’m tired, I can’t concentrate, and I’m starving, but look at the scales!!”
Once the bodies will to survive overrides the persons willpower they give up and binge, feeling horribly guilty, digested with themselves and miserable. How can you live a happy life weighed down like that?
If a yoyo dieter tries eating **whole nutritious food for a week or two they usually find the scales don’t budge, they may even go up a bit if also exercising! This doesn’t mean fat loss isn’t occurring, but the body is adjusting and will take time to start showing on the scales. Muscle is growing stronger and can balance out the fat loss on the scales to start with.
Miss Client has lost 7lb over 2 months by training 3-5 times a week and changing her eating habits to whole nutritious food. She has dropped two dress sizes. Consistently, over a year, Miss Client would lose 3 stone of body fat.
Mr Client has been training hard for a year or so. He had grown a good amount of strong muscle but kept hold of a good amount of stored fat. He changed his diet to whole nutritious foods and over 5 months has dropped nearly 10% body fat and had to buy a new suit.. Twice.
Miss/Mr Yoyo Dieter eats whole nutritious food for a week, exercises like mad, steps on the scales and hasn’t lost a pound. Gives up, grabs the chocolate and googles the next fad to try.
Focusing on the number on the scales is setting yourself up for failure. I’ve lost count of the amount of times I have heard “my clothes are feeling looser but the scales haven’t gone down so I’ve; gone back on the X diet/stopped eating as many calories/cut out the healthy fat.”
Quite honestly, sometimes I feel that banging my head against a brick wall would be more productive.
So when someone says to you “I’ve lost 7lb in a week!”
Instead of thinking “Wow, I need to try this!”
You should be thinking “How many dress sizes have you dropped? And would doing it the right way be less painful in the long run.” – It can be fun once you start making progress and realise how strong your really are!
Be patient, put in the work and trust the process. If you hired a trainer, listen and act on their advice. And for god sake eat some dietary fats!!
You WILL see results!
* vital macronurients – protein and dietary fat. Carbohydrates are not vital. Our bodies can survive without/with very little carbohydrates, although advice should be taken from a trained professionalif doing so.
** whole nutritious foods – meat, fish and poultry, some dairy, veggies and fruit, nuts seeds and oils. Limited grains, alcohol, processed foods and sugar.