Weight loss: it’s so much more than what you eat

Weight loss is so much more than what you eat

If you’re someone who has battled with your weight, it can be easy to look at someone who’s lost weight and feel all sorts of different (and often difficult) feelings about it.

For a start, you might find yourself asking questions like: how did they do it? What’s their secret? And maybe even why don’t I have the willpower that they must have?

I’ve battled with my own weight over the years. And I’ve asked myself those questions more times than I care to remember.

In fact, it was this battle (and my subsequent ‘victory’) that led me to retrain as a Nutrition and Health Coach a few years back. I’d finally found something that worked for me, and I was so keen to help others discover what I had learned.

But interestingly, it was my time delivering weight management services within the NHS that revealed a very important truth to me about sustained weight loss: it’s really got nothing at all to do with willpower, or even any one single approach.

Yes, you need a bit of willpower to begin with, whatever approach you take. But I believe that what really helps sustain the success is taking time to process the feelings that sit under why you gained the weight in the first place.

I met some really lovely people when coaching for weight loss in the NHS. What they all had in common was that they had some big feelings that they needed to give themselves time to work through.

There was the gentleman who took it upon himself to cope quietly with the challenges in his life, without talking to anyone about them. The lady who had been made redundant from her job, and who was struggling to adjust to being a stay-at-home grandma, with no outlet for herself and her active mind. The woman who filled every waking moment of life with a very busy job and her kids, and who didn’t want to let anyone down. And lots of others besides.

All of them somehow found themselves at the bottom of the list when it came to self-care.

That’s why, at Coastal, we ensure there is a coaching wraparound with our Wegovy weight loss programme. Wegovy is a great tool, but we appreciate that there is so much more going on for our patients than food and appetite.

In my role here as a coach, I offer patients the time to discuss anything that they think will help them sustain their progress beyond the duration of the Wegovy programme. I can provide broad advice and signposting on all sorts of matters to do with nutrition and lifestyle. And I can also provide a space for patients to reflect on what might help them to take their success forward, and to think about things they could do to support that.

Feedback so far is that patients find this combination of accountability and personalised support hugely valuable in their weight loss journey.

If you are interested in our weight loss services, contact info@coastal-clinic.co.uk

Katie Delaney, Nutrition and Health Coach, Coastal Private GP

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