Originally Posted by Dreamliner
And like I just told ATL, this is entirely consistent with what I'm saying. To summarize:
weight-loss maintenance stats are ABYSMAL. So, rather than jumping to the conclusion that everybody just sucks, or the naive assumption that they just didn't choose the right diet, rather than inviting people to lose weight, maybe fitness trainers should concentrate on fitness and inviting people to eat when hungry and stop when satisfied.
Anticipated result: happier, healthier clients who won't be even heavier five years from now because of the diets we put them on.
Look, I'm trying to save our clients from the therapists, which is where they're going more and more. For all the harm the fitness and diet industry has done, the therapeutic model has probably been even more ruinous.
Let's be the people who invite people of all shapes and sizes to love the bodies they have, enjoy the food they eat and also help them to recapture lost vigor.
I guess maybe I am a little naive then because I do think that people can reach their goals and maintain them with the right plan. I also happen to think if people are happy with how they look, feel and move they wont be coming to see us anyway. So, I am not going to start off a journey with a client by telling them that they shouldn't have the goal of weight loss if that is indeed what they want. I will help them turn those goals into something reasonable and attainable and I will try to educate them on other factors that I think are more important than a scale number, finding an exercise program and dieting style that is enjoyable and sustainable first and foremost. In fact, when I meet with my clients now I always ask if they are enjoying their food.