Communicate Your Needs and Goals (Part 2: Trainer and Dietitian)

18 12 2014

Entering the Weight Management Program is a big decision for many and it is very important to utilize the resources the program has available to you if you want to be successful. Effective communication with the professionals that are here to help you can be a great way to utilize those resources as well as reach your goals in the shortest amount of time. Similar to the Communicate Your Needs and Goals Part 1 blog, communication with the professionals around you can help build trust and respect as well as, create a clear understanding of where you are in your journey  in contrast to where you would like to be. Communication with the professionals is the single most effective way to have the program work with you in order to reach your goals.

Here are some ways you can make the communication between you and the professional clear in order to achieve your goals:

 1. Be Prepared

Being prepared for the encounters you have with the professionals in the program is key in order to have all your questions answered. This includes: having a pen and paper with you so you can take notes as you and the professionals talk. Taking notes is important to remember major topics and goals you both discuss and will help eliminate confusion later on in the program. Additionally, writing your questions down ahead of time will help keep you and the professional organized on what specific areas need more of an explanation and what areas do not. This will also help show how much you care about the program.

2. Get Comfortable

It is important to become comfortable with whomever professional you may be talking with. Whether that be your Personal Trainer, Dietitian, Health Behavior Counselor, or the Exercise Physiologist, having a level of comfort will make you more inclined to ask the questions you truly want to know but might be too afraid to ask, or will be more likely to tell them what is truly going on in your life that may prevent you from having success in the program.

3. Be Honest

Being honest with the professionals in the program is not only important in order for the professional to be able to help you in a way that will be more conducive to your situation, but being honest with yourself is also important in order for you to be able to accurately reflect on your life to find the areas you need/want to change in order to lead a healthier lifestyle. If you are not honest with yourself or others about your lifestyle then taking the right steps towards change will be a harder journey and usually more time consuming. 10247326_10102232512583939_6300324526832262431_n

4. Don’t be afraid to ask questions

During your encounters whether that be over the phone or face to face, it is important to ask questions if there is something you don’t fully understand. The professional is there to help you in a nonjudgmental way. You will not be judged for asking a question that you think you should already know the answer to, and truthfully it is safe to assume you are not the only one who don’t know the answer to the topics in question.

Making the choice to change your life is not an easy one, but know we are here to support you.  By working together with the professionals in the program, and being honest with yourself and them, you will gain the tools you need to succeed.

Kelly Stubna, MPH

Health Behavior Counselor




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