What is a Health Coach? (Plus How to Tell If You Need One)

We live in an exciting time, when there’s so much we can do to strive toward great health at any age!

That’s because at least 80% of our ability to stay healthy, stall aging, prevent chronic disease, and lose weight stems from lifestyle factors. Adopting healthy habits on a daily basis can override our genetics because, as JJ likes to say, “Genetics loads the gun, but it’s our lifestyle that pulls the trigger.”

Unfortunately, most of us face different challenges that keep us from reaching our health goals. That’s where health coaching can help!

What Can a Health Coach Do? 

A health coach is a life-changing ally in your wellness journey! 

Personalized coaching gives you the tools you need to reclaim your ability to take control of your health, so you can become the best version of yourself. 

Overwhelm and the lack of time and accountability are usually the biggest factors preventing us from reaching our health goals. A good coach will help you navigate through those challenges with smart tips and strategies that you may never have considered on your own.

Here are some of the ways that a health coach provides support… 

Sifts Through the Information Overwhelm 

There is a LOT of misinformation circulating on social media outlets and the web about health and wellness! With so much conflicting information out there, it’s hard to know what to believe and which diet, exercise, and supplements would work best for you. 

There’s no need to wade through Google to search for the science or go the trial-and-error route. Health coaches are trained to help you skip past the confusion and get science-based, proven strategies to put you on the right track, saving you time, frustration, and unnecessary setbacks!

Customizes Strategies that Work

In addition to avoiding information overwhelm when it comes to health and wellness, there’s no one solution that works for everyone. Understanding your unique lifestyle, mindset, and body chemistry is incredibly important. A health coach can help you recognize your strengths, bypass obstacles, increase your confidence, and see results! 

Health coaches use intake forms and take the time to discuss your main health goals, health history, and expectations. They also know which questions to ask to help you gain clarity and create the best action plan for lasting success.

Offers Accountability to Keep Momentum and Motivation High

If you’ve gone all-in on a diet or fitness plan, only to see the momentum fizzle out before dinner, don’t beat yourself up for a lack of self control. Studies actually prove that a major key to success is receiving support you can count on! 

Health coaches give you the accountability and mindset tools for success, including inspiration, motivation, and ongoing encouragement. That will help you follow through on your health goals and feel excited for the journey!

What Health Coaches Don’t Do

Health coaches focus on lifestyle factors, educate their clients about the importance of supplements, and may even explain how functional labs are interpreted, depending on the individual coach’s area of expertise.

But they don’t ever offer a diagnosis, prescribe medications, or give medical advice. That makes a health coach the perfect complement to your functional health doctor to help you maximize your healthy lifestyle.

Now that you know what a health coach does, it’s time to decide if working with one is right for you!

How to Tell if You Need a Heath Coach 

Health coaching isn’t right for everyone, so here are some things to consider if you’re on the fence about hiring one. You could use a health coach if…

You’ve plateaued or stopped seeing progress.

If you’ve been trying to lose weight and improve your health for three months or more, but you’re not seeing results despite “doing everything right,” it’s time to troubleshoot with a health coach! 

A health coach can take a look at your lifestyle, needs, and goals to help you get unstuck, so you can regain momentum and start making progress again.

You get derailed from your goals whenever life gets busy or stressful.

You want to look and feel better, but life is so hectic! It can be hard to find the focus and energy to juggle daily life and build healthy habits that will give you the results you’re looking for. 

A health coach will help you break down your goals into simple, achievable steps and customize your program so that you can avoid overwhelm and experience quick wins you feel confident about. It’s the little hinges that swing big doors: those small steps can go a long way toward establishing positive habits that become a permanent way of life. 

You know something is going on with your health, but can’t figure it out.

When you’ve had chronic health issues for a while, you may have to dig deeper to find out what’s going on! 

Whether you’re struggling with weight loss resistance, low energy, or digestive problems, you don’t have to go it alone. Your health coach will show you how to be your own health detective and figure out the next steps in your healing journey so you can look and feel your very best.

Ultimately, there’s no magic bullet or shortcut to true health and wellness, but a good health coach will show you what’s possible while consistently guiding you towards success. 

Ready to give health coaching a try? Check out our First Steps Health Coaching program to get the accountability and resources you need for the results you deserve. 

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