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How can weight loss coaching help

Have you ever thought about the benefits of weight loss coaching? If you’re trying to lose weight, you may have struggled with a myriad of different diet and exercise regimes over the years, with little to no success. With so much conflicting advice getting around these days, and ‘Dr Google’ providing more questions than answers, is it any wonder that so many of us struggle with our weight?  Issues with weight can be a result of a number of different factors, and are much more complex than the simple ‘calories in versus calories out’ mantra that health professionals have been spruiking for years. 

While it is important to fuel our bodies with the right kind of food, to both look and feel great, unfortunately for many people, it’s just not that simple. Other factors which are often overlooked are:

  • Your weight goals. Are they healthy, or unrealistic?
  • What are your motivations for losing weight?
  • Do you exercise safely and effectively?
  • Do you hate exercise? What are the reasons behind this?
  • Do you have difficulty maintaining a healthy eating program?
  • What underlying psychological issues affect the way that you eat and exercise?
  • How does your current lifestyle and your stress levels impact your weight?

Luckily, there are professionals out there who are specifically trained in all aspects of weight loss management.

Weight loss coaching is no new phenomenon. In fact, doctors, personal trainers and other professionals have been acting as weight loss coaches for decades. Fortunately, as we begin to understand more about the reasons, both physical and psychological, for weight issues, specialised weight loss programs are now available.

Weight loss coaching is a structured approach which is targeted specifically at understanding and managing an individual’s weight loss goals. A weight loss coach is trained and experienced in detecting underlying issues for weight gain, as well as the difficulties surrounding weight loss. Unlike a personal trainer, or a GP, a weight loss coach is able to tailor a holistic solution to your weight loss journey, which suits your individual needs.

Weight loss coaching does more than simply look at what you are eating, and how much you are exercising. Together with your weight loss coach, you will uncover the reasons behind your eating and exercising habits, and build a weight loss coaching program which will address these issues. Your weight loss coaching program may also take a look at physiological factors such as metabolism, nutritional anomalies and DNA factors which may be affecting your weight.

At Integrated Health Specialists, we offer a range of weight loss programs, to suit a variety of individual needs and goals. Each program is tailored to suit you: there is no one-size-fits-all approach! Our range of specialists collaborate, to offer a unique and holistic solution which is specific to your needs. Our programs include such features as:

  • Personal Training and Fitness Programs
  • Nutrigenomics (DNA Profiling)
  • Nutrition & Naturopathy
  • Life Coaching
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)
  • Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)
  • Bio-Impedance Analysis
  • Real Time Blood Screening

This extensive list of services help our coaches to understand exactly what is going on inside your body, and how that affects your weight. Our psychology services work on understanding the psychological and emotional reasons behind your struggles with weight; before tailoring relevant therapies (such as Hypnotherapy, EFT and NLP), which can help you to break free of the limiting beliefs and bad habits which have been holding you back.

Have you ever asked yourself these questions?

  • Why am I constantly putting on weight?
  • Why do I find it so hard to lose weight, when I am doing all the ‘right’ things?
  • Why does exercise not seem to help me lose weight?
  • Why am I unable to keep off the weight I’ve lost?
  • I am eating ‘healthy’ foods and exercising: Why am I still not losing weight?
  • What is the right amount of exercise for me?
  • What kinds of exercise should I be doing?
  • How much should I be eating each day, and what kinds of food should I avoid or limit?
  • Why is weight loss so hard?
  • Why do I keep ‘falling off the wagon’?
  • Am I just lazy?

Weight loss can seem like an unachievable goal for the many of us who have struggled with it over the years. You may seem to be doing everything ‘right’; eating well and exercising, yet still have difficulty reaching your weight loss goals. On the other hand, you may have trouble maintaining your healthy habits, and be convinced that you are simply ‘too lazy’ or lack the motivation to keep it up. Be rest assured that you are not alone in these thoughts. After all, more than half of the population struggles with being overweight or obese. If it was as simple as ‘stop being lazy’ or ‘stop eating bad food’, then we wouldn’t be experiencing obesity figures that we see in Australia and around the world, today.

Weight loss coaching is designed to remove the mysticism from your weight loss struggles, and give you clear and achievable strategies to achieve your goals. Partnering with a team of weight loss coaching professionals like at Integrated Health Specialists; means that you are no longer alone in trying to manage your weight. Our experienced team are here to support you, inform you, and assist you in every aspect of your weight loss.

Now is the time to stop beating yourself up. The weight loss industry is a multi-billion dollar industry for a reason: so many of us struggle with weight. Our busy lifestyles and our psychological hurdles around weight loss are very real issues, which stop many of us from reaching our goals. No magic pill, or fad diet is complex or holistic enough to address these issues. For this reason, weight loss coaching is an essential and revolutionary service for those who struggle with weight. Professional health specialists, fitness experts, psychologists, naturopaths and nutritionists are each only targeting one aspect of weight loss; whereas a team of weight loss coaches working together are able to better understand you as an individual, as well as the inner workings of your mind and body which may be affecting your weight loss efforts.

It’s fascinating that many of us still consider weight loss to be something that must be faced alone. Throwing out the donuts from the fridge and heading out to buy new gym gear are great steps in the right direction (and can certainly make us feel good), but sadly, our motivation soon wanes. Weight loss coaching can help you to address the entire system of emotional, physical and physiological reasons for your struggles with weight, and can assist you to overcome them. If you’ve been struggling unsuccessfully to lose weight, now is the time to get help! Struggling to lose weight, just like any other struggle in our lives, does not need to be faced alone. Reach out today and find out more about our weight loss services.

No matter how big or small your past events may seem or feel like, if it means something to you and is causing you distress, then it is something definitely worth discussing with a psychologist. A psychologist can’t make you forget your past, or talk on behalf of those who were involved, but they will be able to help you communicate how you feel about the events, and offer strategies to help you understand it better and move forward.

Michelle van Namen
Author: Michelle van Namen