Let’s be honest for a moment here.
The weight loss industry sucks and we know it.
It’s a 78 billion dollar industry that capitalizes on convincing people that restrictive eating, obsessing over the scale and intense exercise are the best methods to become healthier.
Over the recent years however, people are beginning to realize how toxic the weight loss industry can be for an individual’s mental, emotional and physical well-being and that these strict methods they employ are not a healthy way of life. They’re causing more harm than good.
So now, where does that leave us? What other options do you have to help you reach your health goals?
Allow me to introduce you to health coaching.
A health coach is the bridge that takes you from wanting something to actually achieving it.
If you’ve ever tried to develop healthier habits on your own, but were unsuccessful, trust that you are not alone with this.
Perhaps you tried eating healthy for a bit only to find yourself back to your old, unwanted eating habits in just a few short weeks. Or maybe you’ve attempted to build an exercise routine to stick to, but then some unforeseen life event knocked you completely off course and you never could quite find your way back. Or perhaps your doctor has told you that you need to “eat less or exercise more”, but odds are they didn’t tell you how to execute this plan.
Change is hard and it can be a big adjustment! You’re going to need someone there for you along the way – especially when you’re first starting out.
When you’re ready to change, but feel uncertain about how, is the perfect time to work with a health coach. Your coach will work with you to develop a plan of action by figuring out how you can make the changes you want to your current lifestyle in a way that’s manageable, lasting and successful. They do this through a client-led, collaborative approach where the client leads the discussion and the coach helps navigate the conversation towards transformative changes.
Their role is to shine a light on the things that you cannot see for yourself.
We all have our own unique quirks – what we like and don’t like, what inspires or motivates us, what challenges us, the goals we want to achieve, and so on. A health coach meets you where you are now and carefully considers your unique habits and behaviors that make you you to then help propel you forward, towards positive change.
Their ultimate goal is to equip you with the confidence, knowledge, skills and tools to not only reach your health goals, but to sustain them long-term.
So, what exactly can a health coach help you with?
Just to name a few.
A health coach can help improve mostly any area of your life as it relates to your health and well-being. However, it’s important to recognize what a health coach is and is not so you can find the right support and guidance you need to reach your health goals.
Over these last few years you’ve probably come across the health coach profession either online or in person. Maybe you know someone who is a coach or you follow one on social media. And you’ve probably noticed that this profession is not slowing down.
Well, you’re not wrong.
Physicians have begun referring their patients to health coaches to help them improve their health or prevent further damage. Doctors understand the value of having their patients work with a health coach to take preventive measures towards living healthier, avoiding potential lifestyle diseases, and reducing medical costs.
In the recent few years, insurance companies have also been working to have health coaching sessions covered as part of their plans. They see the value and benefit a coach can have on an individual’s health to help manage medications, better control health issues and prevent further problems down the line.
Companies too are noticing the value of hiring a health coach to help their employees take better care of their health and to reduce costs. Their focus is to encourage employees to engage in wellness programs that help them develop healthier habits, better manage stress and increase productivity.
In fact, mostly anyone can benefit from working with a health coach.
Anyone that feels ready to make changes to their overall health and wellbeing can benefit from working with a health coach. If you’re looking to make long-term lifestyle changes, confidently build healthier habits and collaboratively work with someone to help you reach your health goals, a health coach is the golden standard for this.
As a health coach, I work with my clients through one-on-one private coaching sessions. These sessions are done virtually so my clients can attend them in the comfort and convenience of their own home. Sessions typically run anywhere from 50 to 90 minutes. I allow the client to lead the session and conversation while employing motivational interviewing techniques to keep the discussion on track – digging deep and uncovering their potential, strengths and the skills they’ll need to reach their goals. In between our weekly sessions, I also check-in with my clients routinely throughout the week for additional guidance and support.
You can check out exactly what I offer in my coaching packages by checking out my services page here.
And if you have any questions, please reach out and let me know at email@example.com
How can a health coach help you reach your goals?