They say knowledge is power, yet knowledge alone is not enough to reach a goal.
Take weight loss for instance, you can know which foods are healthy, and have the fewest calories, yet that knowledge alone will not get the pounds off.
To succeed at weight loss, you need to combine knowledge with action.
Action is the hard part because there are barriers to taking action.
For example, you might know that cutting out fast food is an effective way to lose weight, yet you wonder how you will find the time to cook.
You might know that your nightly bowl of ice cream is blocking your ability to lose weight, yet you fear the cravings that would come if you gave it up.
Helping you move past the barriers that hold you back is the main goal of a weight loss coaching program.
Who is a Weight Loss Coaching Program For?
We all need coaches in our lives. Whether we are trying to win a race or win at weight loss, a coach gives us direction and helps us stay on track.
When it comes to losing weight, you might want to consider hiring a coach if one of the following statements applies to you:
1. You’ve dieted and failed in the past. If you’ve yo-yo dieted in the past, you’re not alone. Rarely does someone conquer their weight issue on the first try.
Losing weight requires patience, which is hard to come by when you’re on the journey alone. A weight loss coach is a source of motivation and inspiration, which is needed to keep going on the path toward your goal.
2. You have a hard time getting past cravings. Cravings can hit at any time, and it only takes a few minutes of weakness to wreck an entire day of “good eating”. A weight loss coach acts as an accountability partner to help you navigate the challenges that trigger your cravings.
3. You lead a busy lifestyle. Today’s world is fast-paced, which makes it hard to slow down and pay attention to your diet. Whether you’re a busy mom or in a high-stress work environment, a coach can provide a plan that helps you stay on track, even when chaos surrounds you.
Types of Weight Loss Coaching Programs
There are a number of coaching programs available in person or online. You want to find a program that matches your personality and needs.
Here are a few coaching options available to you along with their pros and cons.
- One-on-One Consultation is helpful for someone with a complicating factor, such as an illness (i.e. diabetes and heart problems) that might require specialized recommendations or someone who has a strong need for accountability. The downside of one-on-one coaching is the cost, which is high due to the individualized time.
- Group Consultations are less costly than one-on-one coaching yet still provides a good level of accountability. This type of coaching would not be right for a private person that feels uncomfortable sharing personal aspects of their life with a group.
- Online Coaching Programs are not bound by time, so they are ideal for the busy person as they are the most affordable and convenient. A plan is provided and often supported by videos and other resources that are accessible at any time of the day. While the coach leading an online coaching program may be accessible, this type of program would not provide as high of a level of accountability when compared to the other two types.
We can all benefit from a coach in our lives. A weight loss coaching program can help you if you’ve struggled with weight loss in the past.
When choosing a program, you need to make sure it fits your personality and needs, so you want to evaluate your need for accountability and weigh that against cost and convenience.