"How-To" Guide, Virtual Coaching in Sports, Why it works

3 Reasons Why Written Food Logs Are So Last Century

Counting calories is a time-consuming, soul-sucking practice that, despite being a common way to track eating, is not as beneficial as we might think – for professionals or for patients. There is value in having patients record the foods they eat, to understand what they are consuming and offer accountability, and it is critical that patients understand relative calories (like, high for brownies versus low for broccoli), but it’s not necessary that they record every single calorie they intake.

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Group Coaching 101

 

 

Group_coachingMealLogger Groups allows one health/fitness professional to coach several clients simultaneously. Participants can see each other’s meals and the suggestions offered by the professional, which often get amplified by other group members and end up leaving a strong impression. This format encourages camaraderie and mutual support, and gives clients the chance to learn and get inspired not just by each other’s meals and snacks, but also successes and wins. Continue reading

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Peer Support Groups 101

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In considering the type of group to create, it’s both obvious and important that you, yourself, are a member of that group. If you don’t eat meat, don’t create a Paleo group. If you bypass gluten, creating a group for people with Celiac could be right up your alley. They key is to be genuinely curious about others with similar food interests as you, people with whom love to exchange recipes, learn about their experience, and so forth. Groups Continue reading

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Feedback Loops and Leading by Example

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Positive feedback loops effectively empower clients. Accumulating and strengthening these cycles through instant feedback solidifies their circuitry and primes clients to develop new, healthy eating habits. Another potent tool, leading by example shows clients that their ambitions are indeed attainable. When health professionals embody the suggestions they make, clients experience the coaching process in a different light, one rich with integrity and potential. Just as “before and after” photos inspire by showing us that real people are able to attain such impressive results, watching our health professional in action offersus a glimpse into what is truly possible.

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Fun: A Key Ingredient for Weight Loss

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Year after year, the Super Bowl scores millions of viewers and earns its position as the most watched event in America. Attendance at classical music concerts on the other hand, has seen a significant decline. Why? Because the Super Bowl is fun to watch while classical concerts sadly, are not. Similarly, exciting and engaging weight-loss interventions attract and retain participants while dull, stagnant approaches deter them. In other words, fun must be at the foundation of an experience that aims to draw and keep a crowd.

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The Art of Virtual Coaching: 8 Tips We’ve Gleaned from the Trenches

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In The Science of Virtual Coaching, we discussed three research-backed elements of a successful virtual nutrition coaching program. Now we’ll shift gears to the art of high quality nutrition coaching. Here are eight key tips we’ve learned from trial and error over the years.

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The Science of Virtual Coaching: 3 Research-Backed Recommendations

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There are countless internet-based nutrition coaching programs, but few prove effective. why do some succeed while others fail? One peer-reviewed publication examined 21 studies that used tech-based interventions for weight loss. The authors identified the most crucial components required for a program’s success, of which we’ll extract three recommendations. Then, in The Art of Virtual Coaching, we’ll follow up with tips and insights we’ve found essential to successful nutrition coaching.

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