Have you struggled to lose weight over the years, only to find after initial success those lost pounds manage to creep back? Lifestyle changes, diet and exercise of course are key to a successful weight loss plan, but research has shown that enlisting the help of a mentor can help you stick to your plan, shed pounds and maintain your weight loss.

People struggling with weight issues have likely picked up some behaviors throughout their lives that make it difficult to shed the pounds. A behavioral approach is effective in improving the long-term outcome. After all, we learn how to eat the way we do and learned behaviors can be unlearned!

Coaching for weight loss involves teaching clients a new set of skills that are necessary for the long haul. It is important to not think about behavioral weight loss as a diet, but instead a lifestyle change built on a foundation of new skills. For example, tolerating discomfort is something you must be able to do when trying to lose weight. Working out or restricting/avoiding yourself of your favorite food is uncomfortable for most people. Coaching helps you build the “muscles” in your brain that deal with things like tolerating discomfort.

Many people tell me that they are their own worst enemy. Having a coach by your side is essential for helping you identify which thinking patterns result in breaking the self-sabotage cycle. Many weight loss failures can be avoided by changing the way we perceive things. A coach helps you identify internal and external barriers that can be holding you back and allows your strongest self to shine through. To learn more about how a weight loss coach can help you achieve your goals, contact Dr. Michaelides at 631.265.1223