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How to Find a Health Coach (and Why You Need One)

February 23, 2017

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For those who are trying to lose weight or to just be healthier, there’s good news and there’s bad news. The good news is that there’s certainly no lack of guidance to help you achieve these goals, and thanks to the internet and social media, this information is more accessible than ever. The bad news? All of these well-meaning tips can be overwhelming, contradictory, or sometimes downright wrong.

Fortunately, Health Coaches can help you navigate this surging well of information. They’ve been trained by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) to weed out the misinformation and unattainable goals and help you find a wellness plan that works for your body, schedule, and budget.

“With a Health Coach as your wellness co-pilot, you’ll work together to develop a customized plan that takes your individual physical, emotional, and lifestyle factors into account and fits with the way you live—and ultimately leads you to permanent, positive change,” says IIN visiting teacher Dr. Frank Lipman.

At the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, we pride ourselves on our dedication to providing students with well-rounded knowledge that allows them to customize their recommendations to each client’s unique needs.

Have you ever before been overwhelmed by failing at that no-carb diet or being unable to jump out of bed at 5 a.m. for a pre-work run? Us, too! IIN Health Coaches know there’s no one-size-fits-all diet, exercise plan, or even sleep schedule, and they’ll work with you to explore and discover what works for you. (Here’s a mind-blowing secret: You can still sleep until 10 and be healthy.)

Other benefits to having a Health Coach?

Don’t be surprised if after the first few months you notice the following:

            More money in your bank account. Sure, you’re spending extra cash on the coaching services, but think of the fees as an investment. Before long, you’ll be spending less on doctors’ visits and unhealthy habits that add up over time.

            Less stress. Getting a handle on your health and wellness without all the pressure of following the latest fads will reduce guilt and frustration and increase your motivation.

            More confidence. The fact that you’re feeling great will emanate from inside out, shining light on a happier, healthier, more vibrant you.

            A passion for health and wellness. Your personal transformation may even inspire you to pay it forward and become a Health Coach yourself!

But not all Health Coaches are made equal. That’s why when searching for a Health Coach, it’s important to do your research.

When searching for a Health Coach, ask the following questions:

Where were you trained? Coaches who received their training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition have the benefit of learning from the most influential names in the field of health and wellness and following a proven successful curriculum that covers a wide variety of subjects and specialties.

What is your specialty? Some coaches may offer standard health and wellness plans, but others may specialize in certain specific areas, like pre-natal care, weight loss, or specific issues like PCOS. Find the person whose interests and training match your needs.

Do you have any certifications/affiliations? Certain organizations, like the International Association for Health Coaches (IAHC) and the International Consortium for the Credentialing for Health and Wellness Coaches (ICHCW), set certain guidelines that their members must follow as a way to maintain a high standard of care.

What is your rate? We mentioned earlier that health coaching is an investment that pays back over time. But financial security is an important aspect in overall wellness, so if the coach’s rate is significantly more than you can realistically afford, it might not be the best fit.

What is your goal when working with a new client? This question should reveal a few different things about the prospective health coach’s style. Pay attention (and ask further questions, if necessary) to find out if the coach will be formulating an individualized plan just for you. Also: Does the coach seem attentive and willing to explain his or her background and services? Does he or she seem to genuinely care about helping you succeed? Do you trust him or her? All of these traits are important for a successful coach–client relationship.

Good luck in finding your next partner in your journey toward ultimate health and wellness.

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