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How Does a Personal Trainer Cure an Obese Client?

18-08-2016

When we see so many people become obese who then never seem to return to a healthy weight, we can get the impression that obesity is a condition from which there can be no recovery. The truth is, any obese individual can lose the weight that makes them obese by taking simple but demanding actions to modify their lifestyle and behaviour. The process of curing obesity is explained here:

Many people might object to the phrase “cure for obesity” because they feel that it is somehow inappropriate, or insulting to individuals with weight issues, but it is our opinion that if we’re acknowledging obesity as a disease, which is what the World Health Organisation considers it to be, it’s right that we should be talking about a cure for it.

Almost 30% of the world’s population is overweight, with many of those classifiable as obese. Sadly, lots of people, after becoming obese, live the remainder of their lives that way, or just keep getting bigger and bigger. There are some, however, who, with a lot of hard work and discipline, manage to cure themselves of the disease.

Many of the personal trainers that our organisation has trained have successfully cured clients of obesity.

Here we’ve summarised the way to achieve this as a four-step process, and created an infographic to illustrate how a personal trainer should tackle curing an obese client:

Step 1) Establishing causality

Some obese people occupy a state of denial about the reason why their body is the way it is. “Genes”, or “family body shape” seem to be quiet common explanations. As well as coming from obese adults, these are also the sort of opinions that the parents of obese children often express as to why their offspring are overweight.

The simple fact is, a human being becomes obese when their body consistently takes in and stores significantly more calories than it expends over a lengthy period of time. This circumstance is created by an unhealthy diet and a lack of physical exercise.

It is certainly true that some individuals are more susceptible to weight gain and obesity than others because of genetic factors, but no one with a healthy diet becomes obese, no matter how their genes are coded.

When an obese person acknowledges these facts and accepts that their lifestyle is the cause of their obesity, they have taken the first step to being cured of the disease.

Step 2) Enabling empowerment

The most important thing a personal trainer can do for a client suffering from obesity is to help them develop a mentality in which they believe they have the power to change their bodies and are resolved to do so. The most effective way to foster this self-belief and winning attitude in a client is with a rigorous exercise programme.

We’re not going to go into detail about the exercise regimes that should be assigned to obese clients; that’s a broad subject and is covered in great detail on the courses taken to become a personal trainer who is qualified to train people with severe weight issues.

The fundamental thing is that the client needs to achieve a calorie deficit of 500-1000 within their body each day. This means burn 500-1000 more calories than they consume. Just as obesity is caused by consistently taking on a daily surplus of calories, it is cured by creating a sharp deficit of calories each day for many days.

Fortunately, it can be cured a quicker than it develops if the proper steps are taken.

This is an encouraging success story of how one of our Discovery trained personal trainers was able to help an obese person completely turn their life around through a combination of rigorous exercise and a healthy diet.

This calorie deficit will invoke powerful hunger pains, and it is part of the trainer’s job to keep the client motivated and unwilling to give up. How to motivate clients as a personal trainer is another broad topic which we won’t cover in detail here, but for some general advice, goal setting is extremely important. Set lots of milestone goals so the client always has something to aim for in the short-term.

And try to mix up the exercises you have the client do each session, in order to help keep the training sessions fun and interesting, but also make sure the sessions are challenging enough to create a sense of reward and achievement.

Step 3) Dealing with the food

Concerning food, one thing we wish to make clear right from the start is that it is a complete myth that obese people are generally ignorant as to what food is and is not healthy. If anything, obesity sufferers know more about this than most non-obese people.

They’re the ones suffering from the condition, and like any person affected by any serious disease, they find out whatever they can about ways to fight it. This exposes them to a lot of information about diet and nutrition.

So if they know what constitutes a healthy diet, why are they still obese?

Because knowledge is not the same thing as willpower or decisiveness. This brings us back to everything said in the previous two steps: an obese person must make the decision to change their lives and must have the willpower to persist with that endeavour no matter what hunger pains and addictive longing for junk food they experience along the way.

But while obese people do tend to come across a lot of information about healthy eating, they usually won’t have a clear idea of how to structure a diet to support a rigorous fitness campaign. This is where the personal trainer and their ability to create diet plans for clients comes into play.

The individual in the success story mentioned in step 2 was put on a diet devised by his personal trainer to reduce as much as possible his fat intake while going some of the way toward satisfying his desire for nice tasting things and combating his hunger pains. He was even told to not put milk in his morning coffee.

His personal trainer clearly understood that even small volumes of fatty substances could interfere with his recovery.

Absolute abstinence from unhealthy food types like cakes, sweets, chocolate, biscuits, etc. is often the most effective approach. Even the smallest amounts of these things can re-trigger an obesity sufferer’s addiction to unhealthy food and send them into a full-blown relapse of the eating habits they need to cut out in order to change their lives.

One of the tasks of the personal trainer is to create a diet plan for the client that eradicates consumption of the types of food that will hinder the recovery.

Step 4) Obesity in remission

Step 4 of this process comes into play when the subject has lost enough weight that they have regained a healthy body size and lasts for the rest of their natural life.

A former obesity sufferer is never totally free of their craving for unhealthy food, or their body’s susceptibility to its effects. It might not be necessary for them to follow the strict diet their personal trainer put them on during their fitness campaign for the rest of their lives, but it is necessary for them to stick to an improved lifestyle of restricted food intake and regular exercise.

So many people make the mistake of thinking that once they’ve lost the weight their task is complete, when in a way it’s only just beginning.

It’s very easy for recovered obese people to let a little unhealthy food creep into their lives, only to gradually increase it as time goes by, and before long they are overweight again and heading on a path back to obesity. Especially if they’ve also been cutting back on their exercise.

A continuous healthy lifestyle is the only way to ensure that obesity never returns.

Step 4) Obesity in remission

Step 4 of this process comes into play when the subject has lost enough weight that they have regained a healthy body size and lasts for the rest of their natural life.

A former obesity sufferer is never totally free of their craving for unhealthy food, or their body’s susceptibility to its effects. It might not be necessary for them to follow the strict diet their personal trainer put them on during their fitness campaign for the rest of their lives, but it is necessary for them to stick to an improved lifestyle of restricted food intake and regular exercise.

So many people make the mistake of thinking that once they’ve lost the weight their task is complete when in a way it’s only just beginning.

It’s very easy for recovered obese people to let a little unhealthy food creep into their lives, only to gradually increase it as time goes by, and before long they are overweight again and heading on a path back to obesity. Especially if they’ve also been cutting back on their exercise.

A continuous healthy lifestyle is the only way to ensure that obesity never returns.

Thanks for reading. We hope you like the infographic. If you have any questions or anything to say, please leave a comment below.

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