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Why You Need a Health Coach

Remember back in kindergarten when you learned that you are as unique as a snowflake? This realization that everyone is different is an important developmental stage. When it comes to making an individual healthy, mass marketed solutions often fall short, in part because they forget this childhood lesson.

Diets routinely fail, and programs with personal trainers are abandoned moments after the sessions end. If you enlist the help of a professional nutritionist, they’ll write you a menu plan you are expected to follow to the letter. But that plan might not take into account the fact that you work long crazy hours, have no time to cook, and need simple meals. Or maybe the plan is chock full of eggplant, and you can’t stand eggplant. What are you going to do?

Likewise, simply knowing what you should be doing rarely translates into behavior. Maybe you have no time to exercise. Most people feel like they don’t have time to exercise. But simply telling yourself to “exercise more!” does nothing, does it? Likewise, signing up with a trainer doesn’t magically give you an extra hour in your day.

Put simply, what works for me might not work for you.

That is why you need a health coach. With a health coach, you are in the driver’s seat. You set your own goals. You determine your success. You are treated like a unique individual.

What does that really mean?

Health coaches act like detectives. The goal of each individual session is to talk about you. To talk about your habits, your lifestyle, and your motivation.

Some questions might be: What does an average day look like? When do you have time to eat? How much are you sleeping? What are your stress levels like? When you get home from work are you too tired to cook? The answers to questions like these help you and your coach dial into solutions for your life — not someone else’s.

Health coaches provide perspective on your daily habits, and help you find a way to tweak them so they get marginally better. Over time, a small, incremental change easily becomes a huge health improvement. Fifteen more minutes of sleep; one more fruit or vegetable; twenty minutes more of activity. Turning small changes into daily habits leads to lifelong results.

How to get sustainable results

Results from fad diets, trainers, and strict plans are temporary. Unless you are wealthy, hiring a personal trainer is unsustainable. You work out hardcore for a month, lose some weight, then gain it right back when you can’t afford more sessions. Why? Because you didn’t learn new habits.

You may turn to the latest fad diet, and, you may lose weight. But what happens when you get tired of restricting your eating in the same way over and over? The weight comes back. Why? You didn’t learn new habits.

Health coaches teach lifestyle

Lifestyle is the combination of small daily habits performed indefinitely. The job of a health coach is to help you find better habits that are tailored to your life.

Don’t settle for someone else’s solutions. A health coach will help you find lifelong solutions that lead to a healthier you.

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