What is a weight loss coach, and why might you invest in one? Read on!
Losing weight (and keeping it off) isn’t easy
Research about weight loss is staggering. Over 50% of adults tried to lose weight last year, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The most recent statistics from the CDC includes the prevalence of obesity reaching over 40% of the adult population in the United States with the World Health Organization (WHO) reporting almost 13% (650 million) of adults worldwide are obese. A whopping 97% of dieters were unsuccessful at losing weight and keeping it off for three years. It can be discouraging to look at the statistics on losing weight. So many people spend time and money on lots of different methods of weight loss, only to find the diets ineffective in the short or long term. It can be incredibly disheartening to try so hard for something that just does not seem to be attainable.
A Weight loss coach could be the answer for YOU
But there is hope! Research shows that for people who want to lose weight, a weight loss coach may be just what they need to make progress towards their goals.
Working with a weight loss coach can help an individual form a healthy relationship with both food and exercise. Coaches can help identify and fix the problems keeping you from losing weight in the first place. A weight loss coach will help you overcome the mental and emotional obstacles that stand in your way. Then, the coach can help hold you accountable, a key piece that is missing for many dieters. A weight loss coach can mean the difference between struggling unsuccessfully on your own and winning at the weight game!
How does it work?
Our weight loss coach has a certification in Weight Loss and a background in helping adults reach and maintain a healthy weight! (Read more about her at the bottom of this page.) She will work with you specifically to understand the principles of behavioral modification science. This is key in helping you successfully overcome the mental and emotional barriers that have kept you from losing weight in the past. We work specifically within the principles of a Mediterranean Lifestyle, keeping in mind your dietary restrictions or preferences as necessary, to optimize your overall health while you attain your weight goals. We will lead you onto a path of permanent, lifestyle changes so that you can achieve your weight and health goals– not just today, but for the rest of your life. Imagine getting to that place where you are eating delicious, nutritious foods, without stress or anxiety, and easily maintain your weight. It is possible, and a weight loss coach can help you get there!
Hi there! I’m Samantha (Sam), a Registered Dietitian from the great state of Michigan! I completed my degree and dietetic internship at Michigan State University where I met my wonderful husband Trevor. I’m also the mom to a very energetic 1 year old boy named Beckett! I enjoy cooking, watching my son explore his world, relaxing on the beaches of Lake Michigan, and hiking to the beautiful waterfalls of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where we currently call home.
Over the past 5 years of marriage, I’ve been able to live in a few different parts of the country before coming back to Michigan and during that time I had the opportunity to practice within different areas of the dietetics field. Of the different areas I’ve worked in, I’ve enjoyed nutritional coaching the most.
What I love about nutritional coaching: Ultimately, I love being part of a client’s journey! Improving one’s health is a rewarding journey, but is by no means easy. Making changes, adding new habits while trying to remove others is hard. There are ups and downs, and I like being with my clients as they do just that! Sometimes I’m an educator, sometimes a motivator, sometimes a cheerleader, sometimes a (gentle) kick in the behind, and other times a listener.
It was important for me to make sure my nutritional coaching was truly client-centered, which was why I completed a Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management in 2017. This gave me an evidence-based approach for me to ensure I’m assisting my clients to the best of my ability. I believe weight management nutritional coaching should include:
- A deep look into a client’s history- what has worked, what hasn’t
- An analysis of a client’s current lifestyle
- A review of how the Mediterranean Diet stacks up against other popular diet trends
- Realistic goal setting to set a client up for success in their health improvement journey
- Multiple follow-ups to continually assess progress towards a client’s goals
I believe no matter who you are, we should all be on a health improvement journey of some sort, whether you are improving your nutritional, physical, mental, spiritual, or emotional health. These journeys are all unique! If you are someone who is wanting to improve your health by managing your weight through the combination of a Mediterranean diet and weight management principles, then you’ve found the right nutritional coach 🙂 I look forward to working with you on your journey!
Benefits of Weight Loss
For someone who is overweight, even a very modest weight loss can produce big benefits. A 10-pound weight loss for someone who is 200 pounds, for example, could improve blood pressure, cholesterol, and risk factors for all kinds of lifestyle diseases, according to the CDC.
Other benefits of weight loss:
- Decreased risk of diabetes
- Lowered blood pressure
- Improved cholesterol levels
- Decreased risk of heart disease
- Decreased risk of certain cancers
- Better sleep and more energy
- Decreased joint pain
- Improved blood sugar levels
- Increased confidence
If you have been trying to lose weight on your own unsuccessfully, ask yourself if it’s time to invest in a coach. A professional who can provide nutrition advice, hold you accountable, motivate you, and gently modify your behavior is the missing piece for many adults trying to lose weight. What are you waiting for? It’s time to work with a weight loss coach and start the journey to the “you” that you’ve been waiting for.
Or read more about and book one of our Weight Loss Nutrition Coaching packages Here.