Wellbeing Coaches Encourage Sensible Weight Loss Programs

Guidance and motivation help you overcome obstacles and avoid pitfalls

If you’re one of the many millions of Americans hoping to lose weight, you’ve probably been tempted to try a commercial weight loss program you learned about in the media. If you have tried it, were you frustrated at not being able to achieve the fabulous results promised on TV? Or did you have initial success, only to rebound and gain all the weight back? If that happened, you’re certainly not alone. Commercial diets and food fads don’t work, because they’re designed to show quick, drastic results which require measures you can’t sustain over the long term. So, not only are you setting yourself up for failure, you might even be putting your health at risk.

A better strategy is to partner with a Wellbeing Coach, who can provide reliable advice on sound nutritional principles, exercise, lifestyle modification, and other proven elements of a successful weight management program.

How commercial and fad diets can ruin your health

Despite weight loss being a billion-dollar industry in the United States, obesity rates range from 22 percent of adults in Colorado to 37.7 percent in West Virginia, and those rates are increasing. But, instead of real solutions that address the root causes of this problem, diet gurus are constantly foisting gimmicks on a public that is far too willing to embrace them.

Take, for example, the “mono diet.” The program preaches that if a person eats only one type of food, it’s possible to lose an amazing amount of weight in a very short time. True. But why does this diet work in the short term? Because the dieter becomes bored eating the same thing, and therefore eats less. Fewer calories result in weight loss. But what about nutrition? We require a variety of foods to supply our nutritional needs. No one food can give us sufficient levels of protein, vitamins, and minerals. So, dieters develop serious consequences as their muscle mass diminishes, insulin levels spike, and electrolytes are spent. Dieters suffer fatigue, mood swings, headaches, muscle aches and a variety of other unpleasant symptoms.

The mono diet can’t possibly last forever, so when you go off the diet, your digestive system is not ready for normal consumption. Nor have you made any adjustments to the way you think about food or relate to it on an emotional level. The result is often binge eating that reverses your losses and leaves you feeling like a failure. The only memory you’ll have from your mono diet is the lingering distaste for whatever food you’d been exclusively eating. If you’ve had this experience, you might want to keep this principle in mind: a diet you can’t sustain is not worth starting.

Now, the mono diet may be an extreme example, but other fad diets have the same sort of downside. And what do commercial diets accomplish? By these, we mean the companies that want to sell you their “delicious shakes” or “well-balanced” meals. Here again, you get the initial benefit of portion control, but the goal is to make you a reliable consumer of the company’s product. So, in the long run, you’re not being freed from your subservient relationship to food; you’re trading it in for a subservient relationship to a company.

A better choice is to work with a Wellbeing Coach to get to the route of your issues with food and develop a personalized diet that optimizes your physical and emotional health.

Contact a Wellbeing Coach to develop a personalized weight loss program

Commercial weight loss programs come with inherent risks, which are emotional, psychological and physical. But a Wellbeing Coach can help you develop a personalized weight loss program that is inherently healthy and designed for the long term. Contact a certified coach today.

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