Weight loss coaches are getting really popular thanks to the rise of big name coaches and dedicated websites promoting this type of coaching. Before you jump on the bandwagon, you need to study the pros and cons of using these specialized coaches. At the very least, you have to know the right questions to ask or the right information to look for. If you go about making a decision without a full set of information, you might be buying on impulse or making an uniformed choice. If you want optimal results, you have to make informed decisions. Let’s start with the cons of weight loss coaches then proceed to the pros.
Cons of weight loss coaches
One of the most common problems with weight loss coaching programs available on the Internet is that the coaching is not individualized and customized. Since every person’s body, eating habits, lifestyle, and attitude is different, truly effective weight loss coaching has to factor in individual needs and situations. Tailor-made coaching is the key, or else you might be getting advice that might not fit your particular situation. Because of this very common weakness, avoid coaching programs that feature ‘canned’ material. These canned materials include step by step video seminars, ebooks, and other pre-recorded, pre-written, and prepared materials.
Another problem with many weight loss coaches is that there is no one to one interaction. At best, you will get email that responds to your questions. Unfortunately, many coaches try to save money and time by using a canned response system. If they think your question is about a particular topic, they click a button and send you a canned answer for that question. While most of the time, this does answer a person’s question, it is far from the ideal of an actual real-time answer.
Pros of weight loss coaches
Whether you are using a canned system or a real live hyper interactive, skype-based face to face coach, the best thing about coaching is that it forces you to be accountable. The sad fact is that anyone can pick up a weight loss e-book, read a few chapters, and toss it. No one will lose weight this way. A coach gets in your face-at least on video, and reminds you that you have decided to lose weight. There is some sort of personal pressure and this might be all you need to get going down the challenging road to weight loss. Sure, it might seem shallow but sometimes, all it takes is a reminder for us to get off our behinds and start putting in the work needed. The good news is that if you continue in doing something for long enough, it soon gathers momentum and turns into a habit.