"I'd rather starve myself than workout." That's what one client told me as she sat across from me, our first personal training session quickly crashing and burning before my very eyes. "Oh, well, that's going to make our workout sessions rather unpleasant, isn't it?" I said, wondering if I should wait before depositing her check.
She went on to explain, "I've lost a million pounds in my lifetime, followed every diet ever conceived and could tell you the calorie content of any food known to man. Look, see that bottle of water you're drinking? Zero calories."
"Impressive," I replied.
From there, she explained that she knew she needed to exercise and change her diet to lose weight, but discovered at an early age that exercise has nasty, highly contagious cooties that cause sweating, heavy breathing and an unpleasant burning sensation throughout the body. This, she told me, was what she wanted me to fix for her. "Make me not hate exercise," she demanded.
This client isn't alone in her diet-only weight loss quest. Many people are much more comfortable manipulating food calories than exercising but, if you want both health and weight loss, you have to do both. Like my client, if you've decided you hate exercise, even the most persuasive trainer may not be able to change her...um...your mind.
So, what about you? Do you take a diet-only approach to losing weight? Or maybe you're on the other side, using exercise so you don't have to change your eating habits? Vote in this week's poll and tell us how you lose weight, with diet, exercise or both.