Do You Need a Wellness Coach?
Do you try repeatedly to lose weight, but always fail in the long term? Do you try fad diets, extreme workout regimens, or products on the diet market only to drop the routine or have weight return?
You are not alone.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of people try crash diets only to be disappointed with their results. Researchers at UCLA found that dieting is not only ineffective but can often make you gain more weight than you originally had after a small loss of usually only 5-10%.
In the US, inactivity is a serious problem. It’s extremely important to know that a person does NOT have to run a mile every day to be fit and healthy. Finding reasons to walk a mile by adding up daily steps, such as parking slightly further away from the store or taking the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator, will end up burning exactly the same amount of calories. Many people who struggle with their weight don’t understand this; they see it as all or nothing. People who don’t enjoy going to the gym or engaging in vigorous activity then see exercise as something beyond their reach, as I once did.
Exercise is only one part of the problem, and in fact, diet is the largest component of weight loss. Healthy weight maintenance can be difficult for people with unhealthy relationships with food. When food is sought for comfort or pleasure more than for nutrition and sustenance, recurring issues with weight gain and body image can inevitably result.
Many people don’t actually understand their own body’s caloric and macronutrient requirements so they often overeat or indulge in the wrong types of foods. Many also actually believe certain things they eat to be ‘healthy’ without understanding the key differences between nutritional benefits and caloric intake. These people then eat the wrong foods in the wrong amounts, often believing they are doing the right thing. They’re then shocked to learn they haven’t lost weight but often gain extra. By eating the foods they believe to be ‘wrong,’ they also feel shame and self-hatred, resulting in binge eating and a negative relationship with food in the long run.
Does any of this sound like you? Perhaps a Wellness Coach is the solution to your problems.
What can a Wellness Coach offer you?
Wellness Coaches are professionals who cater to individuals who have histories of diet and fitness regimes failing. They are sought out by people of all ages who struggle to reach their weight loss, health, and fitness goals. By improving your relationship with food, teaching you ways to exercise that you will enjoy and be able to sustain, and instilling respect and love for your own body, Wellness Coaches can help you find greater balance and health. The objective of any good Wellness Coach is to help you be your best physical self – and stay that way.
A Wellness Coach can help you to:
- Set measurable, realistic goals for your health and fitness
- Understand why your diets and fitness plans have previously failed
- Have better relationships with food and exercise
- See yourself in a more positive light
- Learn to love your body
- Understand nutrition and calories
- Consume the right foods
- Exercise in ways that you enjoy
- Become stronger, leaner, and happier
- Receive ongoing encouragement, motivation, and support
There are excellent Wellness Coaches all over the world who you can reach out to. Do your research and “interview” them (i.e. participate in the free consultation, review client testimonials, etc.) to see who would be the best fit for your current situation.
Remember – there are no quick fixes when it comes to having a healthy body and lifestyle. Sustainability and long-term commitment are the keys to being the best you possible!
Written by Cassandra Schmigotzki, original post here.