Recent statistics show that more than two thirds (68.8%) of adult North Americans are above normal weight. This is known to increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and some types of cancer. Among patients with diabetes, populations with overweight or obesity may also have higher rates of diabetes complications.
Health coaching programs give clients the support, information, and skills to improve their self-efficacy and make patient-directed positive changes in health behaviors. This study demonstrates that health coaching program effectively helps clients lose weight.
This study was done on almost 1000 clients (83% were women) and during 8 month period. Clients were selected as they consulted about weight loss, healthy eating and/or physical activity. As it can be appreciated in the figure below, BMI (body mass index, weight of a person divided by his/her height squared) decreased after health coaching intervention. This means clients lost weight after participating in a health coaching program.
The wellness coaching model used in this study was based on motivational interviewing, which is a patient-centered and evidence-based approach to behavior change, and is the model we propose and implement in Improving Me. If you are looking for effective weight loss coaching, healthy lifestyle model and tips or exercise don’t hesitate to contact us!
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