Weight loss coaching is a modern phenomenon. If you are responsive to your personal coach, the service can be a successful path to losing weight and maintaining good health.
As well as weight loss, people hire a coach to help them seek a more fulfilling career, write a book, even to develop a more organized and efficient lifestyle. You can use coaching to give you support and accountability for just about any project you want to materialize in your life.
Coaching’s origins trace back to the 1980s and have been popularized by such well-known coaches as Cheryl Richardson, a regular on the Oprah TV show, and Rich Fettke, author of “Extreme Success.”
Coaching became popular on the east and west coasts of the US. Among certain social circles, the question became not “Do you have a coach?” but “Who is your coach?” Coaching slowly gaining popularity in the midwest and southern parts of the US and spread to many parts of the world, including Australia.
After all, the process is completely convenient. Coaching can take place over the phone in 30-minute sessions once a week. It can be done from home or office, during the day, night or weekend.
Coaching is different from personal training because the intent is to give you the mental tools to develop yourself. It’s much more than supervising personal fitness programs.
Coaching for Fitness and Weight Loss
So, just how does coaching apply to fitness and weight loss?
Coaching is client-driven. You decide the focus and direction of your work. A coach acts as teacher, guidance counselor, mentor, strategist, motivator… coaching is often described as “unlocking a person’s potential to maximize their performance.”
But the important factor here is that coaching is geared toward the individual. After all, people lose weight at different rates and have widely varying issues with eating and exercise.
Here are some of the things coaching does.
- Supports you 100 percent
- Challenges you to go beyond your current beliefs
- Helps you get to the core of difficult issues
- Celebrates your victories
- Keeps you moving forward
- Helps you stay focused and motivated
- Makes sure you are always being truthful about what is happening in your life,
All of those things are valuable when tackling the area of fitness and health. If you want permanent weight loss, it’s time to forget diets and do the following.
- Change your negative habits with food
- Tackle the difficult decisions about your current lifestyle
- Uncover the limiting beliefs that are keeping you from being truly effective
- Take personal responsibility for your weight
- Set realistic goals and work towards those goals in a steady manner
- Learn to overcome roadblocks and obstacles along your path.
Most of all, learning to motivate yourself for a long-term commitment to a healthy lifestyle can bring you many rewards in other areas of your life as well. Health is one all-important area that radiates to every single aspect of your life.
Remember, yesterday can’t be fixed or changed but the future is yours to shape. And the biggest key to your future is the action you take today!