A Health Coach in Your Pocket
You are all set and motivated to start a new diet plan this week and are making changes to what you eat. It makes you feel good knowing that you are on track. Fast forward onto next week and you’re already back to your old eating habits. This can be a frustrating situation and may put you off from achieving your health goals.
By having a health coach to help monitor your progress and daily activities, and having access to chat with them online frequently may help you to focus and drive you to make those changes and keep at it in the long-run.
So, how exactly can a health coach help? Let’s find out.
- Personalised plan tailored to your needs
You’ve probably heard that there is no “one size fits all” health program. This is true, indeed.Each person is unique in their own ways. You and I may have different needs, motivation and health struggles. At Naluri, you will not be prescribed the “what to do”. Rather, you and your health coach will work together on an online platform to formulate your SMART goals and come up with a strategy that is tailored to your specific needs, abilities and lifestyle constraints. With this, you are able to incorporate a healthy lifestyle within your schedule that is relevant, accessible and practical. Studies have also supported that having a health coach was found to be effective in promoting healthy eating habits and weight control (Shahnazari, Ceresa, Foley, Fong, Zidaru & Moody, 2013).
- Acts as a support system
When you have a strong support system- it can really push you to start those healthy habits – be it in your diet or exercise.You can also regard your health coach as your personal cheerleader and someone you can turn to in times of need. Compared to having a peer or mentor, a professional health coach provides you with the right emotional support and offers a variety of practical options for you to start a healthy habit (Leahey & Wing, 2013). Through techniques such as motivational interviewing, your health coach will guide you in identifying your intrinsic motivation that is central for any behavioural change to occur.
- Enhances your self-confidence
Remember the situation I told you before?It can be demotivating at the thought of failing to stick to your diet plan. And mustering the courage and motivation to try again can be difficult.With a health coach by your side, you will be able to identify the triggers that blocks you from staying on track. A health coach encourages you to exercise autonomy, builds motivation, confidence and commitment while helping to identify what works best for you. Over time, when you are able to resist the temptation to opt for that Nasi Lemak on your way to the office, you’ll be surprised at how satisfying the feeling can be. Your self-confidence will also grow and this can motivate you to accomplish much more.
The Naluri app provides a platform where you can chat with your personal health coach anytime, anywhere and for as long as you want. Your health coach will guide you to formulate a health plan that takes into account your needs and ensuring that you receive adequate support along the way. As you make progress and accomplish little goals, you will start to feel more confident and empowered to reach your next health target!
Shahnazari, M., Ceresa, C., Foley, S., Fong, A., Zidaru, E. & Moody, S. (2013). Nutrition-focused wellness coaching promotes a reduction in body weight in overweight US veterans. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 113(7), 928-35.
Leahey, T. M. & Wing, R. R. (2013). A randomized controlled pilot study testing three types of health coaches for obesity treatment: Professional, peer and mentor. Obesity, 21(5), 928-934.
Obino, K. F. M., Pereira, C. A., & Caron-Lienert, R. S. (2017). Coaching and barriers to weight loss: an integrative review. Diabetes, metabolic syndrome and obesity: targets and therapy, 10, 1.
Modules (introducing modules in the Naluri app: diet and nutrition, self-care, exercise and fitness, maintaining success)