Rochester, NY (PressExposure) December 28, 2006 -- People are turning to professional coaches for career management, sports performance and now even weight loss. With over 60% of the population either over weight or obese it is impacting every family in some way. "People are overworked, overwhelmed and overweight, they turn to a coach because we are trained to help them in all areas of their lives," says Rosa Smith-Montanaro author of Mind Over PlatterÂ® and one of the countries first Weight Loss Coaches. "A coach is focused on the client's need for whole life balance and wellness. They lose weight because they have effectively designed a life that reflects their values and priorities." Continues Smith-Montanaro
A diet doesn't solve a weight problem, it is a temporary shift in behavior that is not based in changing your lifestyle. If your lifestyle doesn't allow time for exercise, meal planning and preparation of healthy foods then you will resort to your old habits. In which case, the weight will return resulting in feeling defeated and depressed. This only adds to feeling overworked, overwhelmed and overweight. It becomes a vicious cycle. weight. Food no longer controls my life, I feel like I am in control."
In her book Mind Over Platter: Train Your Brain to Think Thin, Smith-Montanaro takes a coach approach to weight management. She encourages her readers to form their own Weight Loss Support Teams and to meet weekly, weighing in, sharing their food journals with each other and supporting each other. They are given an assignment to apply for the week and discuss in group.
Rosa says it is her coaching background that taught her the value of giving her clients weekly assignments and holding them accountable to follow through. "Each assignment is intended to help them create an overall healthier, happier and balanced life." Accountability, support and the right eating plan is what why people respond well to a program, we are empowering people to take back control not only over food but over their lives." She not only coaches them in person, over the phone, and in groups, she does it virtually through her award winning website: MindOverPlatter.com. "I love the profession of coaching" says Smith-Montanaro, "I see my clients as magnificent and whole as they are, they don't need to be "fixed". I hold the image of them successful and healthy, living the kind of life that makes them happy. I see it for them even when they don't and I hold them to that standard. That is the power of a good coach, they are not better than you at something, they just know how to bring out the best in you."
"I created the book Mind Over Platter to give people an opportunity to recreate what I have done for ten years with thousands of people." Between the book, website and pod casts they have their own virtual weight loss coach. When they meet weekly and follow the program they will lose weight." The book: Mind Over Platter is available on Amazon.com and on MindOverPlatterBook.com as well as at your local bookstore.