Providing your coach with a complete picture of what is going on in your life will allow them to guide you to achieve the best results.
I need more help
It is normal for us to try to do things on our own and it can be difficult to ask for more help because we have built up this mindset that we have to figure it out ourselves. But the role of the coach is to help you navigate the waters easier to allow you to reach your goals quicker. If you are not getting what you need or you need additional guidance, you should be able to reach out to your coach and provide that feedback. Amazing coaches will make adjustments to you as an individual to address your specific concerns.
We all have life changes. It is important that you are conveying life changes such as a change in family dynamics, employment, relationship, schedule, etc to your coach. These life changes could result in changes to the management of nutrition and training. If you have a discussion with your coach they can help you decide how you can still stay on track when things are changing around you and creating barriers.
It is not uncommon to have digestive issues to come up in the course of dieting. Whether it comes from not eating enough fiber, eating too much fiber, or foods that result in inflammation or just eating less food. Digestive issues can result in creating barriers to reaching your goals. Make sure you are having regular conversations with your coach to let them know something does not seem right.
Excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. The American Cancer Society’s estimates for the number of colorectal cancer cases in the United States for 2019 are:
- 101,420 new cases of colon cancer
- 44,180 new cases of rectal cancer
- Source: https://www.cancer.org/
During a normal menstruation cycle, women will see fluctuation in scale weight. When you make your coach aware of when your period begins they can help you see where progress is happening even when the scale fluctuates from these normal bodily functions. Also, if you are going through life changes, your hormones will shift and can make is more challenging to reach your goals. It is always good to make sure you are discussing these changes with your physician in addition to letting your coach know what is going on.
Supplementation/Performance Enhancing Drugs/ Diuretics:
All of these things can have an effect on how your body is storing water. If your coach does not know what you are taking, this could result in your coach not being able to make adjustments in recommendations to help you reach your goals.
Overeating and Binges
We all sometimes eat too much from time to time. But if you regularly overeat while feeling out of control and powerless to stop, you may be suffering from binge eating disorder. Binge eating disorder is a common eating disorder where you frequently eat large amounts of food while feeling powerless to stop and extremely distressed during or after eating. You may eat to the point of discomfort, then be plagued by feelings of guilt, shame, or depression afterwards, beat yourself up for your lack of self-control, or worry about what compulsive eating will do to your body.
When you are frequently overeating and bingeing you are creating a habitual cycle of losing control. You understand that the behavior is affecting your goals but yet you seem powerless to stop which can result in weight gain instead of loss.
It is important to have these conversations with your coach about what is going on so they can help you. Many coaches have had experiences with previous clients with the same issues. You do not have to be ashamed to talk about the issue.