Many people over the age of fifty struggle with their weight and often many health issues. And sadly, most health care providers only want to treat the problem by putting you on prescriptions. Or they may tell you to lose a few pounds, but they don’t tell you how.
And it isn’t that they don’t want to. They just don’t have the time to ask you all the important questions about your diet, exercise routine or stress level. They often only have about 15 minutes with you every 6 month or so. All they really have time to do is to simply suggest that you may want to drop a few pounds.
And so, if you are like many people, you try to lose weight on your own, which doesn’t work because if you don’t understand why you are overweight in the first place, you will not be able to fix the problem.
I did yo-yo dieting for years myself. I listened to all the advice out there. It sounded so easy to simply eat healthier and cut calories. But this didn’t work for me. I found that even if I lost some weight, it would often come back.
It is frustrating for people because they know that if they don’t get the weight under control, they will most likely be dealing with one or more health issues. I know because I see it everyday when I counsel people who are struggling with their weight.
It’s never just about the weight…It’s about so much more…
- Self-image: Hates how they look naked, Feels embarrass by their weight
- Being uncomfortable: Out of breath, knees and joints hurt
- Being physically exhausted: Need a nap in the afternoon, can’t sleep at night
- Feeling out of control: not being able to stick to a diet, cravings for sugar or carbs or salty snacks
- All the various health issues: high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, chronic fatigue syndrome, high cholesterol, Joint problems
This is where health and wellness coaching is extremely helpful.
As a health and wellness coach, my approach is to be a sort of detective and figure out what is the cause of the weight gain. You see, weight issues are not the problem. Obesity is a symptom of something else that is going on. Once we figure out the cause of the weight gain, we can fix it.
So, I specialize in using nutrition to get the body healthy. When the first focus is health, the weight will naturally come off.
As a weight loss counselor, I help people to learn to make their health a priority and to do it guilt free. Many people, women especially have a difficult time putting themselves first. But often the result of putting themselves on the back burner has resulted in being in a very unhealthy place.
With the help of a health coach, people realize that they are not alone. The coaching and support is is often the one thing that can help people finally get the results they need. More importantly it is nice knowing that you have support and you are not alone in this lifestyle change.
And yes, it is a lifestyle change. Once someone gets healthy and loses weight through good nutrition, they will never want to go back to eating the way they used to. Its about staying healthy and living longer.