Health, fitness and body image

Being fit and healthy is the goal of many people. For some, this also includes a goal to lose weight. For many people, they don’t need to, they don’t want to and that’s totally fine. I really want you to hear this. It’s fine. I’m not here to tell anyone that they need to lose weight. But I am here to say if that is PART of your goal, I’m going to be giving you some hints and tips from coaching that will help you with mindset and behavioural changes that will help you with ALL of your goals.

Now you may be wondering who I am to be talking about health, fitness and weight loss. I’m not a personal trainer, I’m not a nutritionist or a medical practitioner.  If what I have to say goes against the advice of any of these individuals in your life, listen to them first. Because what I’m saying here is generic advice that will not suit every individual. Who I am is a life coach with a passion for fitness and a dislike of seeing people being persuaded into unhealthy lifestyles in the name of ‘weight loss’ masquerading as a healthy way to be.

I’ve seen too many posts lately about weight loss challenges that are:

·      Unrealistic

·      Damaging

·      Unhealthy

A healthy weight loss depends on a number of individual factors that cannot possibly be covered by a generic challenge with a number attached. You should consult your health practitioner if you’re uncertain what is a healthy amount for you to aim to lose. Although a big initial weight loss can help some people to sustain a longer-term healthier lifestyle, a lot of people who aim for a huge weight loss in the short term often end up yo-yoing and putting on more weight than they lost in the first place. Depending on your journey to a healthy, fitter you, your weight may change very little, although your body fat composition, muscle rate, tone and strength may change a lot.