If you’re working with a nutrition coach to lose weight, transform your body or improve your health, you want to get your money’s worth, right?
Many people look for a quick fix, hoping to chuck money at a programme and magically achieve their desired results. Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite work that way. Here are some tips to get the most of your nutrition programme and stay on track with your goals.
1. Set realistic goals
If you don’t set clear, specific and realistic goals in the first place, you’ll struggle to motivate yourself because there’s no end point for you. Goal setting is important when you’re trying to change habits or develop yourself in any way. Your goals are what drive you forward and help you stay motivated when you lose your sense of purpose.
“I want to lose a bit of weight” is too vague, which means you’ll struggle to motivate yourself and you won’t care enough to put in the work. At the start of your nutrition programme, spend some time with your coach to set SMART goals. We’ll help you determine what you want to achieve and how you can get there.
2. Be prepared to put the work in
Any body transformation requires discipline and hard work. Although a nutrition coach is there to guide you, offer expertise and provide tools, we can’t do all the work for you. Be prepared to do other bits and bobs to support your nutrition goals, whether that’s keeping a food diary, doing weekly weigh-ins or completing exercises to reflect on how your programme is going.
These are tried and tested frameworks to support you and ensure you’re getting what you’re paying for. Engaging more with your nutrition coach will help you get where you need to be.
3. Be honest with yourself
If you’re struggling to lose weight or have anxiety about weighing yourself, think about why that might be. Transforming habits and changing your lifestyle for the better requires being honest with ourselves about our decisions and why we do what we do. Otherwise, things will never change.
Are you eating foods and not logging them in your food diary because you’re bored or emotional? Do you keep getting thrown off track because others around you are bad influences?
Don’t punish or judge yourself for where you currently are – nobody is perfect. When you’re honest with yourself and your nutrition coach, you can address these issues and resolve them so you can achieve your goals. Many habits are so deeply entrenched in us for years and we can’t expect them to change overnight!
4. Don’t put things off
Many of us hate doing certain things, like weighing ourselves or taking progress pictures. Sometimes we build them up in our heads and delay them, just hoping they’ll go away. If you’re dreading certain tasks like these, remember there are other ways of measuring success.
Your nutrition coach isn’t going to tell you off if you haven’t lost any weight that week – it’s not school! We really just want to help you. Putting things off only makes it harder for us to give you the support you need, so try to approach these things with a positive attitude.
5. Remember your “why”
When you’re feeling demotivated or frustrated, think about why you joined a nutrition programme in the first place. Do you want to feel more confident with how you look? Do you want to feel happier with your body? Do you want to empower yourself to live a healthier life?
Remembering your “why” is a great way to help you snap back into it and regain focus on your goals. We all have down days and we all fall off the wagon. A couple of wobbles here and there are normal and your coach is there to help you through the ups and downs. Use the support that’s available to you!
Working with a nutrition coach is a helpful way to bring out the best in you, keep you accountable and push you towards the goals you’ve always wanted to achieve. Help us to help you by engaging with us throughout your programme.