How a Health and Wellness Coach Can Help You Lose Weight

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.

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16 thoughts on “How a Health and Wellness Coach Can Help You Lose Weight”

  1. I can imagine that there is a large and growing market for this variety of coaching. Weight loss is never an easy thing for most of us, and as you say, often the weight is a symptom of the root cause of the weight gain. I like the way you describe your services as being similar to that of detective work.

    That accurately depicts the job and it often is a dash of having a sympathetic ear and taking the time to listen that will help you in that work. As you say, the doctors and nurses likely will not have the time to drill down and listen to the person, and that is what they need over any pills, etc. that may be required.

    My background is in psychology and I use it in my daily routine with prospects, peers, and even family. As such, this means that I am evaluating what people are saying and speaking, and often I see conflicts between the two. If you take time to dig a little (in a gentle, supportive, and active listening mode) you can often determine what might work for that person when it comes to losing weight.

    In my early days, I used to manage weight loss groups, and I found that when having them pay a small fee for membership, the participants took the meetings more seriously and results were better for the members as a whole, and some really lost a lot of weight and kept it off.

    Of course, one on one coaching is even better, as there are fewer distractions, it is all about the client. You have offered some really good advice and insight with this article and I do think it will open the eyes of readers like myself who take the time to read and heed! Thanks… 

    1. Thank you so much, Dave. I agree the when people invest financially they are more committed to sticking to any program. But the other part, I think it is important for people to realize it often isn’t their fought. Lets face it, there is a lot of mixed and wrong advice out there and often by the time I meet people they are obese, have no energy and a dead metabolism. Our metabolism already slows as we age, but fad diets and medications can make it way worse. By the time. 

      This is why it is important to find out the root cause. I like to find out when the weight gain started. Then I find out what changed at that time. Often something change right before. For example perhaps they got a divorce, had a baby, started a new job, had financial problems. Or maybe they were put on a medication. Or maybe their diet changed. Yes it is detective work.

      But it is also about putting them on a healthy weight loss plan that supports their overall health and nutrition.

  2. Hi, I read your article very carefully. After reading your article I found that a health and wellness coach can help to lose Weight at the age of fifty. I like this article very much. I think after fifty we should at First talk to the doctor, get  hormones checked and then  following a structured plan can help to  lose weight.About your description the coaching and support is often the one thing that can help people finally get the results they need. I am agree with you. Thank for sharing this article. 

    1. You are welcome Jannatul and thank you for stopping by. I agree about seeing their doctor. And yes most often it is our hormones that cause the problem. For example if someone eats a lot of carbs their insulin may be high and of course this will prevent fat burning. Another example would be if someone is under excess stress or doesn’t sleep well they may have adrenal issues and excess cortisol which can also hinder weight loss. I agree. Hormones play a huge role in getting healthy to lose weight.

  3. I agree that most people should get advice from the most healthy people. I listened to the advice of john rose on youtube, went on a juice fast for 2 months then went vegan/a little vegetarian after that and my health has never been better. More natural foods and doing exercise you enjoy will help you achieve the best health you can get. 

    1. Hi Jon. I am glad you where able to learn about a way of eating and getting healthy by watching you tube. I learn a lot by watching youtube as well. 🙂 But having a health coach is so much more than that. It is about having that person to help you with a meal plan, figure out your goals and be there for support. Many of people over 50 have struggled with their weight for a long time. And I know from personal experience how hard it is to change when we have been eating a certain way for a long time. Having a health and wellness coach helps people succeed because they are don’t feel so much alone. 

  4. Well, I think you have described why older people have such a difficult time losing weight and keeping the weight off. It is difficult to get the exact answers and advice needed to do it. Like you said, you can’t solve a problem unless you know what the problem is. Certainly, a health and wellness coach could be very needed in this regard.

  5. Health and wellness coaching is extremely important, and as a personal trainer, the two kind of go hand in hand. If there’s one thing I heard from so many prospective clients, it’s that they think they can lose weight and get healthy on their own. The sad reality is: Most won’t. 

    After working in a few gyms, I still workout in my hometown and I see a lot of people who’d been members for years. They either invested in training or health and wellness coaching in the past, or never did so and thought they could lose everything on their own. Sad to say these people look exactly the same.

    But those who train, invest in a health and wellness coach, or both, and continue to do so, they’re the ones changing their lifestyle, getting off their prescription meds, and making their lives better for themselves. Guys, there’s no other way to do this; you need to change your lifestyle under the guidance of a professional. 

  6. This is exactly what I need for my current physical condition. I’m an obese guy (but not over 50) and I would definitely be willing to lose weight and live a healthy and fit life. Judging from your style of coaching, which is tracing the root cause of things, I’m completely sold to the idea.

    Say, do you happen to be a follower of Dr. Eric Berg? I’m a subscriber of him and have tuned in to some of his weight loss and health related videos. One of his principles in weight loss is to trace the history because it holds the key to undoing the damage. It’s exactly the same as your concept.

    1. Hi Dominic! Yes I am a huge fan of Dr. Berg and have even gone through his Health Coaching Course. He is an amazing teacher. I have learned a lot from him.

  7. Hello Wendy, I must say that this article is very helpful and informational. I was going to the gym for one year and I can say that I could not succeed in my goals without a coach. It is a lot easier as he gives you motivation and encouragement to continue. I plan to start again with a gym and of course, get my own personal trainer. Thanks for explaining this important thing when it comes to having quality training.

    1. You are welcome, but a health coach is a bit different. Our focus is to teach our clients good nutrition, help them plan out their meals and understand how their body works. 

  8. I do agree that people over fifty may need help from health and wellness coach. My parent have some traditional beliefs about what should be done in order to be healthy, but this ‘traditional’ method doesn’t seem aligned with modern health science. They need a ‘consultant’ so they know and understand what they should do to be healthy. 

    Handling elders is different with youngsters. They usually have strong belief of what they know, even I as their children has met several ‘dead end’ when talking about modern health or other matters with them. I will check for nearby health and wellness coach. Thank your for such an inspiring article.

    1. You are very welcome, Alblue. But the biggest problem for us older people is that the food people eat today isn’t the same food we ate when we were kids. And we are getting lots of mixed information about “what is healthy”. The modern pyramid is totally wrong and the processed foods are making us all fat. So it can be incredibly frustrating when you are trying to eat healthy but you keep gaining. 

      So yes! A health coach can help bring incredible knowledge and insight to anyone who wants to get healthy and lose weight. I wish I had a health coach. I am just glad that my curiosity and critical thinking kept me seeking more knowledge. And now that I know what I know, I just want to pass it on and help others.

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