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Keto, Mediterranean, Paleo, Whole 30 -- it can be stressful trying to find a diet that fits your lifestyle, or changing your lifestyle to fit into the guidelines of a certain diet. Most trending “diets” have strict requirements, variable results, and less-than-stellar recommendations from physicians. Since every person is different, diets cannot be one-size-fits-all. Nutrition Coaching at the Mattoon Area Family YMCA allows participants to work with a registered dietitian to build a realistic plan for healthy eating that will help people reach their personal health goals.

The Nutrition Coaching program at the Mattoon YMCA is a partnership with the Sarah Bush Lincoln Center for Healthy Living. Michelle Schultz, a Registered Dietitian, will meet individually with participants to help set goals and make a plan to reach them. Michelle has more than 18 years of experience in health and nutrition. “I like to meet people where they are,” Schultz said. “My goal is to help participants find long-term success. Change isn’t easy, but I know that it’s possible for anyone who really makes the commitment.”

Working with a nutrition coach has several benefits that have been scientifically proven to improve weight loss results and increase the likelihood of success. Coaching is personalized. If you are a picky eater, have dietary restrictions or food allergies, your coach will help design an eating plan that works around those barriers. Nutrition coaches can even help you find healthy recipes that are easy to make or will appeal to your whole family.

Coaches provide accountability and support. Checking in with someone on a regular basis can help motivate participants to focus on their goals and avoid “cheating” because they know someone is invested in them. Many people find success with a coach because they have a support system to answer questions and provide reassurance when things get difficult or confusing.

While Nutrition Counseling is a great solution for people who want to lose weight and get healthier, Michelle can also coach people who want to fuel athletic performance. “If people have events and races scheduled for the months ahead, we can work on a plan that will have them performing their best when the big day comes,” Schultz said.

Participants can register by calling 217-234-9494 or visiting www.mattoonymca.org/nutrition-coaching/.

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