When life-coaching first became a thing, lots of people were like, whaaaa? What is that? Why would I want it? Isn’t that a bit airy-fairy and only for people who are a bit clueless? It took a while for people to understand the benefits and why they’d hire such a coach. As time passed, life coaching became something most us can understand without having to explain it.
Body confidence coaching is going through that phase of having to explain itself because it’s the new kid on the block
I imagine you can get the general gist of body confidence coaching- you get to feel more confident in your body – but it can also seem a bit fuzzy around the edges – how would I determine if my body confidence is really worth investing in, and what kind of things would we do in the sessions and how would I explain it to my friends without skidding around feeling a little shy about it?
So here’s a starting point. A way to understand what it’s all about and a chance to ask yourself is body confidence coaching something I (or my family) would benefit from and more importantly, would it be actually worth investing in.
Who is body confidence coaching for?
It’s for those of us who have an uncomfortable relationship with food and/or our body (or they can see this happening in their kids). It’s for those who might:
- Be stuck in the diet/binge cycle
- Be ready to stop feeling shame about how they look or what they eat
- Know a lot about nutrition and exercise, but feel like a failure because they can’t ‘stick’ to what they’ve learned
- Have had an eating disorder in the past, have come a long way, but aren’t completely free
- Be sick and tired of counting macros, using a calculator to eat, feeling like a failure
- Know that if they don’t get their own stuff sorted, they won’t be able to help their kids avoid body issues
What do you get?
Most people report a mixture of the following:
- Massive AH HA moments about why they (or their kids) are stuck and what they can do instead
- Freedom to eat and exercise normally
- A natural desire to look after their body, no longer feeling the need to fix it or punish it
- Space in their mind to spend on other things that used to be taken up with food and weight
- A sense of ease in themselves
- No longer stopped by feeling not good enough
- An ability to demonstrate body confidence to their kids
- More confidence in other areas – sex, speaking up for themselves, giving things a go
How does it work?
Coaching sessions are held on zoom and last 60 mins.
The sessions are a mixture of uncovering cultural pressures, psychological & biological factors, forming new habits that are based on listening and respecting our body and reconnecting to our natural desires and body signals.
The sessions end with practical exercises to make sure where you want to be with your body and food becomes your new ‘reality’.
What can I promise?
I can promise a new lease on life, a new experience of your body. I can promise a sense of freedom and empowerment. I can promise a healthier relationship with food and exercise. I can promise that you stop thinking about food and weight and that your body stops yo-yo-ing up and down.
What can’t I promise?
I can’t promise clients that they or their kids will lose weight. I know that’s hard to hear. The truth is – a client may lose weight in this process or they may put weight on, or they may stay the same. There isn’t a single scientific study (not to be confused with an internet awash with anecdotes) of intentional weight loss that shows sustained weight loss (more than two years) is possible for more than 5 percent of people (those 5% love to think it’s possible for everyone, but it’s not) using any protocol.
One of the things that keep many people stuck is that they’ve been promised weight loss if they love themselves, or deal with their emotions, or eat intuitively, or become more spiritual. All those things are great things to do, but there is no evidence that they will lead to a smaller body in everyone. All that said, I can promise clients a better/more healthful relationship with food and their body.
If the above resonates with you, it might be time to explore body confidence coaching for yourself. It might be time to book a free 30 min coaching call to see if I can help get you from where you are to where you want to go. You can do that by clicking this link.
The Body Confidence Coach
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