One of the biggest challenges you’ll face when you decide to lose weight is the mental barrier that you’re sure to run into sooner or later. Losing weight is not just a physical challenge, more often than not, it involves a lifestyle change. Sometimes the lifestyle change is time related. When you decide to lose weight, you now have to carve out time to exercise, and since so many of us have our schedules crammed full already, this may not be easy. But, besides the time challenge, chances are you need to change your diet and possibly some other habits as well. With such a daunting task in front of you, having a solid coach in your corner will be one of the greatest attributes that will help you win the battle against the bulge.
There are three main reasons why a coach will make your weight loss journey a lot easier and more productive:
Having a coach will motivate you. When you’re discouraged and don’t feel like working out, the accountability from knowing that someone is going to ask if you’ve been exercising is incredibly powerful. It works the same with food, knowing that your coach cares about your nutrition will give you lots of motivation to pass on the donuts or cookies.
A good coach knows what you’re going through, because they’ve been through the battle themselves. Their journey may not be the exact same as yours, but they should always be the first student of their own teaching. There is a saying that “you never want to be the first person to walk through a mine-field”. Your coach has been through the minefield, so as long as you walk in their footsteps, you will make it through to the other side.
Your coach will help you see the areas that are your greatest strengths, as well as the areas to work on improving. If you think about sports, the coach is not in the game, they are on the bench watching and getting a different perspective. Being a little removed from the action will help them see what you may not be able to.
Losing weight is not easy, especially if you want to be aggressive and lose weight fast. A good coach is one of the most important people to have at your side and one of the most helpful things they can do is connect you with a team of people that will encourage and inspire you. The journey will be much easier if you’re not going it alone.