The Surprising Benefits of “No Contact” Weight Loss Programs

2020-06-30T12:33:35-05:00

“No-Contact” Weight Loss Programs (also called “remote” or “virtual” programs) utilize online video sessions, phone conversations and app technology to connect diet counselors and doctors with their patients. The quick rise in remote technology has generated a medium where “virtual” coaching is stronger, more reputable and more popular than ever. Now, people who want to lose weight fast can gain access to the professionals who have been getting real results in their clinics for many years.

ACCESS TO THE BEST WEIGHT LOSS COACHES IN THE WORLD FROM ANYWHERE

Individuals who are serious about losing weight and making changes in their lives want to talk with an experienced professional, not someone promoting a fad diet or doctor who only has three minutes of time to dedicate to their nutritional health and well being. The first benefit of remote coaching is that someone who wants to lose weight can get proven advice from credible coaches who have helped hundreds of people reach their goals and change their lives.

Before the arrival of remote coaching, overweight Americans were simply out of luck if they lived far away from the best weight loss clinic. They either drove long distances or resorted to buying one of the many commercial plans that are big on promises but short on long lasting results. These one-size-fits-all diets often leave people disappointed, feeling disconnected and ultimately moving in the wrong direction. Remote coaching, on the other hand, connects patients with the best diet counselors anywhere, no matter where they live.

REMOTE PROGRAMS ARE PROVEN TO WORK

Research shows that adults who partner with a wellness coach actually lose more weight than those who don’t and that remote weight loss interventions equally effective as face-to-face coaching programs. (1) According to findings presented at the American Heart Association’s annual meeting, a study found that a test group receiving only remote support lost nearly as much as those also receiving in-person support (1). Both groups lost more than the test group receiving no support. Another study appearing in the journal Obesity highlights the crucial role of a wellness coach in weight loss. Participants were randomly assigned to a weight loss program with and without a wellness coach. After 24 weeks, participants who worked consistently with a health coach lost nearly 10% of their body weight, compared to 6% for those who didn’t have the aid of a wellness coach. (2)

According to third study reported in the Harvard Medical School Health Blog, coaching “results in clinically relevant improvements in multiple biomarker risk factors (including systolic and diastolic blood pressure, total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, triglycerides, fasting glucose, body weight, body mass index, waist circumference, and cardiorespiratory fitness) in diverse populations.” (3) This means that multiple health markers usually improve at the same time, interconnectedly, as body weight is reduced.

WHO BENEFITS FROM NEW “NO-CONTACT” REMOTE PROGRAMS

The real explosion in the use of virtual clinics has been from:

  • Patients who want access to friendly, experienced diet professionals but who can’t meet with them in person on a regular basis
  • Busy patients who want more freedom in their schedules
  • Patients who want a fully personalized weight loss experience but it’s not offered locally
  • Patients who want to limit their contact with the public due to corona virus or for other health-related reasons
  • Patients who travel but don’t want to lose their weight loss momentum

REMOTE PLANS PROVIDE THE SAME STRUCTURE & ACCOUNTABILITY AS IN-PERSON PLANS

A coach with professional training guides changes in the physical, mental and emotional life of individuals so that they have a much better chance of making permanent change. When designing a plan for an individual, the best diet coaches will evaluate the patient’s body composition, medical background and lifestyle. Just like in-house services, remote services will:

  • Deliver customized weight loss plans with a safe fat-burning formula
  • Provide 1-on-1 diet teaching & instructions
  • Offer personalized nutritional guidance
  • Offer menu planning assistance
  • Provide Encouragement
  • Provide Accountability
  • Make caloric adjustments to the food plan when necessary
  • Discuss proper exercise for each phase of weight loss
  • Maximize results, dieting efforts & lifestyle changes
  • Support all coaching with a mobile app tracking and motivation

Find out more about how you can lose more weight with “No-Contact” Remote Weight Loss Programs and the LivLight Daily App.

References

  1. https://scopeblog.stanford.edu/2011/11/15/research-shows-remote-weight-loss-interventions-equally-effective-as-face-to-face-coaching-programs/
  2. https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html
  3. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/health-coaching-is-effective-should-you-try-it-2020040819444
  4. https://www.acefitness.org/certifiednewsarticle/2892/study-shows-health-coaches-effective-in-helping-people-lose-weight-live-healthier-lives/