So you took the plunge and hired a fasting coach, or a Keto/Carnivore coach.
The accountability that comes with hiring a coach can be a game changer!
But you may be wondering, now what?
You paid money for this, and you want to get the most out of your coaching experience that you can.
In this article, I’ll share a few tips to help you do that!
Choose a coach that you resonate with
This first step is important because if you end up with a coach that you don’t particularly like, you’re not going to have a great experience.
Most coaches or coaching programs have bios where they talk a little about themselves and their personal journey.
Take the time to find someone whose ideas about fasting (or Keto/Carnivore) feel good to you.
Also, think about their coaching style. Some coaches are all about tough love, while others are more like cheerleaders.
Both approaches are effective, but what kind of coaching do you think would motivate you the most?
If they don’t mention what their coaching style is, maybe see if you can reach out and ask before signing up.
Share your goals … and your triggers
Your coach should know what you’re aiming for. Share both your short-term goals and your long-term ones.
You should also have a solid and strong WHY, and share that with your coach.
Let your coach know what things are the hardest for you, and the things that trigger you.
The more your coach knows, the better they can help you.
Talk to your coach!
This might seem obvious, but you’d be surprised.
One of the most frustrating things I’ve run into as a coach is when someone hires me and then they barely say two words.
Your coach can only do so much. And one-sided conversations are not going to get you the best results.
Talk to your coach. Tell them what you’re struggling with. Share your achievements. Ask questions.
Answer your coach’s questions. And I don’t mean, simple, one word answers. I mean, have a conversation.
Don’t worry that you’re bothering them. This is what you paid them for!
And a good coach won’t mind.
At least from my own perspective, I’d much rather have a client interact with me than to be left wondering if I’m even making a difference.
Reach out when you’re struggling
If it’s an option, always reach out to your coach when you start to struggle.
They can help talk you through the hard parts.
But if you don’t reach out, they can’t help. They’re not mind readers.
Be honest with your coach
If you slip and you break your fast before you wanted, or you eat something not on your plan, tell your coach.
This is part of the accountability.
If you’re not honest, you’re only cheating yourself out of what might be a great opportunity to learn something.
And don’t worry, a good coach isn’t going to beat you up over it.
They will help you pinpoint what went wrong and make suggestions for next time around.
If they do make you feel bad about it, I suggest finding another coach.
Stick with your coach
There’s nothing wrong with trying other coaches if you’re not happy with your current one.
But when you find someone that you like, consider sticking with them till you’ve reached your goals.
Staying with the same coach, versus going from coach to coach, benefits you because that coach gets to know you.
They know what you struggle with, and they know how best to help.
Do the work
Weight loss coaches are not magicians. Hiring one is the first step, but you’re going to have to listen to what they tell you and then implement it.
They can’t do the fasting for you.
Knowing what to do is no good if you don’t actually do it.
Coaching is a powerful tool
Coaching, and the accountability that comes with it, can be just the thing you need to achieve your weight loss goals.
But you’ll only get out of it what you put into it.
Taking an active role will help you to get the most out of your coaching experience.