A common perception has emerged over recent years but weight loss is the only key
objective when people take up exercising. From experience as a personal trainer I am
constantly confronted with clients who see their only objective as losing weight.
This is fine of course, and I am only to happy to help in their objective. The facts
are however, somewhat more confusing for those who fail to understand living
biochemistry and metabolism.
I for one do not profess to have all the answers or indeed would wish to lecture
clients, but clearly when I am engaging with a client who insists that daily
calorific intake of minimal energy value or indeed nutrient density results in
weight loss, this is something that requires more discussion if the client is to
achieve a healthy lifestyle, exercise portfolio and nutritional balance in the long
Without doubt the most frustrating aspect of being a personal trainer are clients
regarding my work as a Quick Fix, “I have a wedding to go to” “I’m going on holiday”
etc etc. Exercising whilst on Very Low Calorie Diets (VLCD) is neither helpful nor
healthy. For the body to function properly and for the regulation of chemical energy
a bio system needs to be balanced. This applies not only to animal life on earth but
also to the earth itself and all living things. Chemistry is the king pin!
Biology on earth remains in balance as long term evolutionary norm. Humans are
gaining muscle free fatty tissue due to poor nutrition and high energy consumption
of poor bio value. Exercising to lose weight requires adequate chemical energy and
long term adaptation to exercise in order to more efficiently utilise stored fat for
energy production. By starving the body of adequate energy, water loss is the first
indicator of “weight loss”. My clients are often ill advised at first contact, why
does the body loose water weight when VLCD’s are employed is a discussion for the
future, what is clear is that this initial weight los is not that of fatty (adipose
tissue). Nonetheless clients are inspired by this weight loss and mistakenly believe
that these diets are working for them. Any weight loss is good right?? Wrong, losing
fatty weight is the long term aim of any good trainer, grasp this concept and your
health and exercise lifestyle will be of great reward to you and your health.
The fitness industry is fast evolved into a mass participation industry where
classes are the norm but little in the way of true knowledge of the client can
possibly exist. Acquired fitness and health is unfortunately for some a process of
hard work. Only with strong social support can objectives be met where exercise if
truly personal and supportive.