Case study ( 3735 views as of April 24, 2017 )
Amanda is a 28-year-old woman in good health and is getting married in a year’s time. She's never thought of herself as overweight but would like to lose an additional 10 pounds before her wedding day. She's 5'7" tall, weighs 128 pounds and has a waist circumference of 28cm. These measurements give a BMI of 20, and along with her waist circumference, means she is well within her healthy body weight range.
Amanda does not follow an exercise or eating plan but is open to making the necessary changes to help her lose additional weight. She has always enjoyed a variety of foods and has been able to eat liberally without affecting her weight. She goes on the occasional walks with friends on weekends.
Amanda schedules a session with a dietitian. The dietitian informs her that her current body weight is within a healthy range and that losing an additional 10 pounds would give her a BMI of 18.4, which is considered underweight. This low body weight puts Amanda at risk of nutritional deficiencies.
The dietitian discusses in depth that focusing on a specific weight may not be the right goal and that body measurements may be a better focus for Amanda. The dietitian suggests Amanda seek out a personal trainer to provide a workout plan to help her tone and sculpt her body while maintaining a healthy body weight. The dietitian provides tips to maximize her nutritional intake and support future workout plans.
A pilates or yoga instructor would also be able to provide suggestions of exercise routines that help strengthen and sculpt her body for Amanda to look her best on her big day.Author: Ms. Sarah Ware