When people first learn I’m a dietitian and ask me to help them lose weight, they usually assume I’ll give them a meal plan and send them on their way.
And that’s a fair assumption, given that’s what I did as a hospital dietitian for almost 20 years.
But what I realised after years of preparing beautiful calorie-controlled meal plans for people is that meal plans are actually a big waste of time.
Because while in theory they might work, they don’t address the eating behaviours that led to the weight gain in the first place.
Which means at some point or another, the weight will likely come back on.
Instead, what I offer my clients is weight loss counselling– a holistic approach that’s designed to not only help you lose weight, but to keep it off for good.
But what exactly is weight loss counselling? And how do you know if it’s right for you?
In this article, I’m going to explain what weight loss counselling is (and is not), and 3 signs it might be the solution you’ve been looking for.
What is weight loss counselling?
If you’ve ever tried traditional weight loss programs, you’ll know that they generally focus on the foods you eat, with the aim of minimising the calories you consume.
Which is fine, except that this doesn’t address the underlying reasons why you gained weight in the first place.
Weight loss counselling, on the other hand, helps you recognise and then change your eating behaviours, so you not only lose weight but keep it off for good.
Through workbooks, guides and 1:1 support, weight loss counselling teaches you how to listen to what your mind and body are telling you about food, so you know what and when to eat to achieve your ideal body weight.
This doesn’t mean you don’t get guidance on what to eat (you absolutely do!).
But you also learn how to have a better relationship with food, which I believe is truly the key to long-term weight loss success.
What weight loss counselling is not
It’s important to know however that weight loss counselling is not a band aid solution.
It’s not a quick fix, and it’s not a ‘lose 20 kilos in 4 months’ type of program.
For a lot of clients, it’s about undoing all the damage that’s been done from years of dieting and unhelpful eating behaviours – and that takes time.
But when you spend the time exploring and understanding your eating behaviours, AND get the support and guidance you need to change them, the effects can last a lifetime.
3 signs weight loss counselling is right for you
So, now you know what weight loss counselling is, and what it is not. But how do you know if it’s right for you?
Well, from my many conversations with busy mums, I believe there are 3 key signs that weight loss counselling might be the solution you’re looking for.
1. You’ve tried but ‘failed’ to lose weight before
I’ve put ‘failed’ in inverted commas, because failure simply means that you might have been successful in losing weight, but then the weight came back on.
It’s a common scenario that happens to many people, and it doesn’t actually mean you failed.
What it does mean is that you didn’t have the strategies and support you needed to change your eating behaviours – which is where working with a weight loss coach like me can help.
By uncovering those eating behaviours and then changing them, you’ll find it a lot easier to lose the weight AND keep it off for good.
2. You don’t want to go on another diet
So many of my clients tell me when we first start working together that they just can’t bear to go on another diet.
And who can blame them? Diets are no fun.
What’s more, they’re not that effective either.
Because when your food intake is too restricted or hard to follow long term (which all diets are), you almost always end up ‘falling off the wagon’ and gaining the weight back again.
The good news is that weight loss counselling is not about putting you on another diet or telling you what you can and can’t eat.
Instead, it’s about teaching you how to follow the cues your body is giving you, so you can stop obsessing about what you eat and allow your body to find its own natural, healthy size.
3. You want accountability and support to help you lose weight for good
Everyone needs support sometimes, and this is especially true when you’re trying to lose weight.
Sure, you can read the books and find recipes online and try to figure it out for yourself.
But you’ll be amazed how much easier it feels when you have someone in your corner who can answer your questions, offer solutions, and give you the accountability you need to achieve your weight loss goals.
So now you know what weight loss counselling is and the 3 signs it might be the solution you’re looking for.
And if weight loss counselling IS something you’re looking for, you’re in the right place!
Book a free 30-minute discovery call today and let’s chat about what you need and how I can help.
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