Originally Posted by foolsfortune
The bootcamps take place at 6:15 am so she won't have eaten for 8 or more hours but has an orange or banana 15-20 minutes before exercising.
IMO, this strikes me as atleast a major part of the probem. Then if there isn't enough calories being taken in post workout, it's compounding the problem.
A banana or orange might be fine if she were going for a casual walk, but bootcamp-type workouts are pretty vigorous. This of course depends on how much effort one puts into it. Obviously if a person is just going through the motions and not putting much effort into it, they won't get much out of it.
Calorie calculators and the like are just guidelines. I've tried numerous times to live within the numbers such calculators and found that more often then not that I was undereating. Muscles need food and when the food isn't supplied, it leads to a whole range of issues ranging from poor recovery times to being in the constant state of being irritated even though there was nothing going on around me to cause me to feel that way.
I think people make the whole nutrition side of fitness more difficult than it has to be. In some cases I believe this is done for financial gain, for others is just something to argue about. Calories can be adjusted up or down. If a person is undereating, they can add more. If a person is overeating, they can scale back and or make better food choices.
If she isn't willing to eat, that will eventually backfire. Accountability on her part is necessary....