Working with clients can be a bittersweet experience.
On the one hand, your job is to provide the best possible plan and guidance they need to achieve their goals. So long as clients follow your recommendations, they will reach their goals.
But, on the other hand, we have the issue of following through. You might provide the best plan for their goals, but clients will struggle to get anywhere if they don’t apply themselves.
One area where clients often struggle is with their nutrition. Specifically, some clients struggle to eat enough calories for their goals.
Today’s article will explore signs a client is not eating enough, the importance of eating, and more.
Signs a Client is Not Eating Enough
1. Their Performance is Stagnating
The impact of not eating enough runs deep, and one of the first signs is stagnating performance (1).
If your client trains consistently but struggles to make any progress, there is a good chance they aren’t eating enough.
2. They Struggle to Recover
Another sign your client needs extra calories is the inability to recover well between workouts.
If you’ve put together a regular training plan, but a client always feels sore and never feels fully recovered, they might not be eating enough.
3. They Get Tired More Easily
Fatigue can result from many things, including poor sleep, too much stress at work, and not drinking enough water. But, in many cases, if a trainee gets tired more easily despite their training being the same, it is usually due to poor nutrition.
Your client might not be eating as many calories as they need, or they might be eating more processed junk food than they should.
4. They Complain of Frequent Aches And Infections
Not eating enough can often prevent people from getting the energy and nutrients they need to recover from working out and support immune system function.
A good way to tell if one of your clients isn’t eating as much good food is if they often complain of minor aches around joints and muscles. That could indicate under-recovery.
Similarly, if a client often gets sick and has to miss several workouts in a row, their immune system might not be operating at peak efficiency due to insufficient vitamin C, zinc, and other nutrients.
Advantages of Eating Enough
Even if a client aims to lose weight, they must still eat enough calories. A crash diet might lead to quick weight loss results, but typically at the expense of their well-being and relationship with food.
Controlling your client’s calorie intake would allow them to recover well between workouts, train harder, feel better, and achieve great results.
Eating enough is also crucial for muscle gain. While it’s possible to gain muscle on a slight calorie deficit, optimal growth occurs in a calorie surplus that results in steady weight gain.
Tracking your client’s food intake is necessary for good results, health, and well-being.
If a client struggles with energy levels and gym performance, you must inspect two things: their overall calorie intake and diet composition.
In many cases, paying more attention to their diet will allow them to make better progress and feel great.
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