When clients ask me for help with weight loss my goal is to help them find healthy, sustainable changes that work in their life. There is no cookie-cutter approach despite what producers of weight loss products or promoters of fad diets would have you believe.
I have spent a number of the Wildly Better chats focused on what to eat for optimal health (and I coach people with that too). But, here’s the thing...many people know what to eat (and there are lots of healthy diets) but what is getting in their way is their thoughts about themselves, their thoughts about food, and their beliefs about what they can (or cannot) do.
The challenges with weight often lie more in how we use food in our life. Specifically, many people are using food not as fuel but for pleasure and to manage their emotions.
Too many people jump into...
“Our health system is providing access to health coaches...what do you think they do?” My husband recently asked me this. My husband. A physician and the husband of a certified health coach. The question confirmed what I had been thinking...many people still aren’t sure what health coaches do and how they can benefit from one!
The key principle of coaching is to help you work toward the future. Coaching is not therapy, you are not rehashing your past struggles, relationship, or failures. You are making decisions and finding a path to help you be successful with the goals you set for yourself.
To answer my husband’s question (and perhaps yours)...health coaches work with people to help them live their healthiest lives. This is done using evidence-based information on nutrition, activity, and lifestyle and determining what works based on an individual's specific strengths and...