Research Paper By Stacie Dickerson Cole
(Health and Wellness Coaching, UNITED STATES)
Weight loss in women – compare coach approach, personal trainers and nutrition counsellors
How does a coaching approach compare with personal trainers and nutrition counselors for solving a woman’s most common weight loss challenges?
From a coaching perspective, it is not right or wrong to be overweight. However, for the client whose stated goal is to lose weight, a coach may be the most valuable player in their line-up of professionals.
According to a recent Gallup Poll, seventy three percent of women have attempted to lose weight, with an average of 7 attempts. Why do so many fail at something obviously so important to them? To answer that question, let’s examine what the most common challenges are for women trying to lose weight, compare each form of assistance mentioned above, and evaluate which might be the best solution.
What are the most common weight loss challenges?
A Google search for “top weight loss challenges for women” returns over a hundred and forty million related articles. Within them, certain themes emerge that echo my personal experience. From that, the following list of common weight loss challenges was compiled.
Not having a compelling reason / vision.
Without a compelling reason it is hard to maintain all the changes one must make to transition to a healthy lifestyle. To make a healthy lifestyle a priority, the “why” must be both important and urgent. A one-time event like a wedding or party is rarely enough to create sustainable change.
Seeing Weight Loss as a Life Interruption Versus a Lifestyle Change.
Women who are unsuccessful at long-term weight loss often see a “diet” or exercise program as a short-term solution. It’s the difference between saying
This is how I live my life now
When can I eat _____ again?
Temporary solutions offer temporary results. As soon as the old habits return, so do the pounds.