For businesses looking to help improve the health and lifestyles of their employees, consider a wellness program that focuses on weight loss and making healthier decisions. With the right help and guidance, your wellness weight loss program can start today. Keep in mind, however, that the results of the program can be unpredictable, but you can help improve the chances of success by following three simple steps.
Long-term over Short-term Motivators
No matter what the weight loss program, it is best to focus on the long-term goals instead of the short-term ones. Upcoming events — such as a high school reunion or wedding — often spur people into weight loss, but these occasions come and go, and often take your motivation with you. While long-term goals — such as health concerns or leading a more active life — will help sustain your weight loss without needing a necessary incentive to keep you going.
Address any Barriers to Help Sustain Weight Loss
The reason why some employees just cannot seem to lose any weight will vary from one person to the next. For example, one employee may be sneaking a high calorie snack and — feeling like they have blown it for the day — end up consuming more unhealthy foods. While another employee may eat when work-related stress begins to get to them. There are many different reasons that can contribute to weight gain and these reasons should be addressed to help improve the employees’ chance of sustaining weight loss.
To help with these barriers consider individualized coaching. Health coaches can help the employees overcome common discouragements that are associated with consuming high calorie snacks by taking a positive action like reducing the amount of calories for the remainder of the day. They can also encourage stressed employees to put down those comfort foods and instead go for a walk to help counter anxiety.
Offer Intensive Weight Loss Programs
While wellness programs are a great way to help set your employees on a path to a healthier lifestyle and workplace, they don’t address the seriousness of obesity. That is why you should consider offering a weight loss program that is designed for people with serious weight issues. Once the employees start to lose weight, the wellness program you already have in place can help improve their chances of sustaining the weight loss.