By Behcet Bicakci, Life Coach

What are comfort zones? Why and how does a life coach encourage a client to move beyond their comfort zone and improve their quality of life in Weight Management?

Comfort Zone is a zone that an individual has familiarity, experience and habits that does not cause any or less stress and/or anxiety while performing in this zone. The individual is so familiar with situations, environment and people that they do not intend to change or resist to change when it is needed. For example a client might want to lose weight but does not change of eating habit or making effort for more exercise etc. The reason client is not willing to do, because it requires more effort such as making research about food and exercise, joining a gym, making time for it etc. The client’s ordinary life style is easier, less stressful because they have build up eating habit, having fewer exercises, not being at the gym over the long period of time.

A life coach can help a client to start losing weight and be healthier and happier. Life coach needs to encourage the client to start a program of losing weight as follows: Losing weight is not only reducing eating food or doing some exercise. It is more about being ready and determine in mind and put it in practice.

  1. Prepare Client Psychologically: A client can be educated on negative effects of being overweight or obese. Furthermore, a client can be encouraged to read some materials that authorities has published such as NHS and watching some videos to show them how it can affect their life and why they need to change. Furthermore, the client can be encouraged to read and watch videos of healthy people and how they enjoy their life. Reading and videos will visually affect the client and encourage them to act.
  2. Preparing Client Physically: Client can be encouraged to eat healthy food, doing exercises by themselves or if they can afford to join a gym and/or having a personal trainer to help them to do correct exercises. The client can also be encouraged to read and watch about unhealthy food and how they affect the body and causing weight gain and illnesses. The Client can be encouraged to eat more vegetables, fruit and nuts and avoid or eat low-carb foods. The client also can be encouraged to have food supplement from good sources and this can help them to cope with difficulties of leaving bad habit of eating food.
  3. Monitoring the program: the program can be for certain of time and can be monitored regularly so the client will carry on and following their program to achieve it. The client can regularly be contacted or asked to provide progress on their program and how they feel about it. If there are difficulties that prevent client leave their Comfort Zone then the client can be supported by talking and meetings to help they carry on till they obtain healthy lifestyle and this life style become their comfort zone and new habit.
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