It’s the start of the year, which means a few people may still be hanging on to their New Year’s resolutions. You may know that the top resolution for Americans is to lose weight. But as we know most people aren’t successful with this one (or any others really). That’s why I brought on today’s guest, Byron Morrison.
Byron Morrison is the Author of the book ‘Become a Better You’, and the founder of Tailored Lifestyles Coaching. His work is all about helping as many people as possible live healthier and happier lives, by taking a holistic approach to losing weight, becoming more active, managing stress, and improving their wellbeing.
He was a hardworking professional in the Marketing/business field who was 50 pounds overweight, out of shape and unhappy. A life event caused him to completely turn around his lifestyle and start a career in health coaching.
Byron’s story is impactful because it’s from someone who was at the beginner level and can talk about the challenges he faced. His story can help us have more empathy for the struggles people face when overcoming barriers to lifestyle changes. It’s not as easy as telling them to exercise more and eat less.
Byron tells us what inspired his new book that’s aimed at people starting the journey to better health. He has a holistic approach that includes mindset, activity, rest/relaxation and balanced eating. It’s not the traditional diet book.
He’s worked with people who have lost weight in the past with dieting but gained it back because they haven’t tackled their core relationship with food. It’s easy for us to get ourselves into the “reward yourself” mentality.
Byron tells us about his journey to health and how he got a big wake up call. This sparked a passion to write a book about his journey to help others as they start out. He couldn’t think about stepping foot in a gym and likes working with those at the start of their health journey.
It’s not as simple as eat less and exercise more. Dieting short term fix to a long term problem. He encourages his clients to move away from dieting.
Byron’s tried a ton of diets and tells us his worst diet ever. Now, he believes there’s no such thing as good and bad food. He tells us his mindset about the gym and how it goes back to school gym/health experiences. Byron now knows there’s a range of different activities that can cater to anyone…start small. He starts with getting people to walk more.
Bryon tells us how he was a binge eater and he used food as a form of comfort when he was young.
His advice to health professionals us we don’t have it all figured out as no one’s perfect. It’s easy for us to put too much pressure on someone who’s just starting.
The main barriers he hears with clients is they’re too busy (not enough time) and their mindset.
Ultimately, start small with maintainable changes using empathy. It’s not about being perfect!
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