Weight Loss/Health Coaching FAQs
What types of people work with weight loss coaches? Working with a coach is best suited for those who are ready to permanently shed unhealthy weight and reclaim their health. People who work with a coach are committed to leading a more fulfilled, healthy and balanced life and are willing to do the work needed to get there. They understand that traditional diets based on deprivation and offering quick weight loss rarely offer lasting results.
Where do you do coaching? We coach clients both in the WHS Wellness Center office and virtually using connection tools such as Skype and Facetime and telephone for times when a client elects not to travel to the office. Distance is never a barrier to helping clients reach their health and wellness goals.
How will coaching help me? With a coach you have an accountability partner, one-on-one support system and resources to get you to your goals. Coaching helps you develop new skills (such as consistency and patience) and a new way of thinking. It helps you navigate choices for healthy behaviors you can make on a daily basis. Your change in mindset empowers you with confidence and self-control, and you’ll be inspired to take charge of your health and well-being. We don’t use gimmicks, quick-fix diet supplements or ask you to buy expensive, pre-packaged meals. Research shows that successful, sustainable weight loss and improved health begins with a change in mindset. This is key to making changes that last.
What happens in a coaching session? Each session is tailored to the client and will vary based on individual needs. After the initial hour assessment, 30-minute coaching sessions focus on goal setting, strategies and evaluation. We will work together to acknowledge obstacles, explore alternative perspectives, and celebrate successes. Each coaching session is a step closer to achieving sustainable and healthy behavior change.
How do I know if I’m a good candidate for coaching? Health coaching can take you above and beyond your own personal limitations. Often, people try to achieve their greatest potential, but don’t know how to meet the inevitable challenges of behavior change. A coach can offer an unbiased and objective perspective, and can help you identify your patterns and habits that tend to be obstacles to progress.
How is coaching different from therapy? While the coaching we provide can be therapeutic, it is not therapy. Coaching is distinct from traditional therapy because it is not designed to address psychological issues. While emotional issues may arise, the primary focus of coaching is to help you identify your goals, achieve them, and develop sustainable behavior change. There is little emphasis placed on the past with coaching, but instead the focus is on creating what you want now and in your future.
How long do people generally work with a health coach? To experience the effectiveness of a health coaching program, we suggest clients make an initial 12-week commitment. At the end of a program, we evaluate progress and discuss options for continued coaching if appropriate. We offer a flexible maintenance program, 20-week program and a 52-week total transformation program for those with 50-75 or more pounds to lose.
Do you work with couples? Yes. It’s a great approach when a couple has lifestyle issues they can tackle together. Having a companion making similar shifts aids the process of change. A daily support person can be a powerful and positive force. Program costs are 50% more for adding a second person.
What happens at the conclusion of my coaching program? After completing a coaching program, your mindset shift and health-giving habits will be solid. To ensure over time you don’t slip back into old negative habits, we offer a maintenance program of 15-minute phone coaching sessions. You can schedule the sessions in whatever frequency suits your needs.
Is there a specific diet in a coaching program? Your coach works with you personally to identify your nutritional challenges and helps you make healthier choices around food and portion sizes. There are no shakes or pre-packaged meals to purchase. If you feel that you need a dietary framework to be successful, you can work with your coach to select a healthy and sustainable one that fits with your lifestyle needs. Generally, most follow a whole foods, balanced, Mediterranean style dietary framework.