There are 2 main types of client I get as a PT. The 1st is someone who has let their behaviours of the weekend carry on until Midweek and the result is they have got out of shape.
The 2nd type is the one who is overweight. By this I mean they are carrying an unhealthy amount of weight. As a PT we learn the most effective exercises for fat loss, we learn the most effective diets. On this type of client though, these approaches are largely ineffective.
This is because the problem is their mind set rather than the physical act of changing their behaviour. The problem for me as Personal Trainer is a client doesn't necessary come to me to be psycho analysed, they come to me in the hope, if they show willingness to exercise it will solve the problem.
This type of client didn't get so overweight by losing track of their macro's but because they found something in food they are not getting in other parts of their life.
Significance, certainty , comfort, protection are all basic human needs. 'Emotional Eaters' which seems to be a popular term for these clients find all of these things in food. They have made food as part of their identity. Unfortunately 3x10 on squats comes no where near fixing this issue.
Normally this behaviour has come from some sort of childhood trauma or another significant event. The interesting thing is the client doesn't want to talk about this, they want to cover it up with effort in to exercise in a hope that something will change. It doesn't work, the real issue must be dealt with. No one got dangerously over weight because they just liked the taste of food. It's a psychological issue.
If you can relate to this then you would have probably tried to cover up the problem before with exercise and ultimately not succeeded in reaching your goals. Or maybe you did and it slowly went back to what it was. There are techniques and strategies that can help you achieve a body you are comfortable and confident with and exercise will help transform your body shape but first you must deal with the root cause that is driving your behaviours