As part of my work at Deep Health, I am conducting a small study to understand the habits of people who are looking for help with their health. This study is now complete and the results will be published shortly.
Deep Health is the method that I created to help me really lose weight, and I’m going to share it with you right now. Deep Health is very different from most other weight loss methods. Instead of one long, drawn out process of deprivation, this is a lot more fluid and realistic. I’ll be guiding you every step of the way, and as soon as you stick to the Deep Health lifestyle, you’ll start burning fat and losing weight quickly. But that’s not all. Deep Health is also designed to empower you to take charge of your health, and you will learn how to build the body you want, whatever that may be.
Backed by 15 years of experience in mental health and addiction recovery, Deep Health is the first coaching platform specifically designed for the health industry. The first release of the deep health coaching method is a multi-module that guides the implementation of Deep Health for health professionals.
I’ve lost ten pounds. I’m going to run a half marathon. Getting abs with a six-pack. How can you convert a client’s short-term objectives into something important, long-lasting, and inspiring? Deep health coaching is a new approach for getting your clients the outcomes they desire as well as the results they need.
Are you really making a difference in your customers’ health?
Are you assisting them in thriving in all areas of their lives?
Sure, you may be assisting them in increasing their bench press, feeling more confident on their beach trip, or becoming swole on the sidewalk.
What if we told you that diet and fitness—the realms of physical health—account for just 16% of your customers’ success?
What if you could go beyond “12 week beach bod programs” or “pre-wedding weight reduction” to something more significant, long-term, and inspiring?
After all, what happens at week 13 to the beach body?
By the tenth wedding anniversary, perhaps?
Is it possible for your customers to remain on track, if not exceed, their objectives without feeling deprived, hungry, or miserable?
Without making nutrition and fitness a full-time job?
And without reverting from fleeting pride and selfies in the mirror to long-term guilt and baggy sweatshirts?
Is there a method for YOU to create a long-term coaching company where you help others learn, grow, and progress without continuously hustling new customers or starting over from scratch?
Where your customers aren’t satisfied with the quick-fix outcomes… but changed on the inside and out, to the point that they tell their friends and family about you?
What if you were able to become a coaching alchemist… someone who can transform flimsy physical objectives into real-life gold?
We think that with an approach that goes beyond the surface, you can be more ambitious—and more successful and fulfilled—after working with over 100,000 customers.
It’s known as deep health coaching.
This occurs when all aspects of health, not just the physical, are in harmony.
It’s not only about how your customers seem or perform.
It also has to do with how people think, react, solve issues, and interact with the environment.
You may remark, “Wait.” “I’m all for long-term health, but it’s 4 p.m., and they want to drop 20 pounds.”
Coaching for deep health can assist you in getting them there quicker and more effortlessly than ever before—in a manner that suits their lifestyle and is long-term.
(This is beneficial to your customers.)
Their achievements will result in great evaluations, a slew of referral business, and a priceless feeling of professional satisfaction.
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Deep health has six aspects.
A medication or a surgery will not provide you deep health.
A well-balanced diet of fresh, natural foods promotes long-term health. It occurs from a combination of enough activity and real relaxation. It is derived from pure air and water. It is the result of genuine human connection and genuine emotional expression.
And it comes from living a life of purpose and pleasure, and expressing these qualities through your actions.
When you coach for deep health, you take into account a person’s multi-dimensional flourishing throughout their whole life.
It’s not only about body fat percentage and blood work; it’s also about how individuals think, feel, live, and interact with one another.
Don’t worry: we’re not implying that you should master psychotherapy or the human condition.
We recommend that you learn how good eating habits and lifestyle choices influence every element of your client’s health. And how each level of profound health influences your customers’ food and lifestyle choices.
The six dimensions of profound health are listed below.
These aspects of health are intricately intertwined and intertwined.
You’re undoubtedly aware that how we feel has an impact on how we eat. (After all, this is the majority of people’s biggest nutritional problem.)
You may have observed that individuals who have supportive families, strong gym connections, or friendly fitness communities (such as running or cycling clubs) are more likely to show up for their exercises.
Or that individuals who have a clear purpose, good self-stories, or the courage to turn pain into action are more likely to remain motivated and achieve.
Every aspect of inner health has an impact on food and activity habits.
That’s what profound health coaching is all about.
Let’s take a look at how this could play out in real life.
Example 1: Your customer is an avid runner who has just suffered an injury.
They are unable to run effectively, which implies they are unable to train and are becoming deconditioned. That is the status of their physical health at the moment.
However, as a result of the circumstance, they are also:
- a sense of depression and frustration (emotional health)
- They are lonely and isolated, and they miss their weekend running groups and races (relational health)
- I’m beginning to question what the purpose of everything is (existential health)
Example 2: Your customer has a high-stress job that requires lengthy hours.
They work at a desk (which has a negative effect on their physical health due to inactivity and back/neck discomfort), and they don’t get enough sleep (physical health impact again)
As a result of their predicament, they’re also:
- Late-night emailing makes me nervous and worried (emotional health)
- fighting with their spouse over how much time they spend working (relational health)
- Most of their time is spent in a windowless cubicle with takeaway meals only a phone call away (environmental health)
- on the verge of having a midlife crisis (existential health)
Here’s when it gets very cool:
The issues are linked… However, the answers are as well.
If you’re having trouble with one aspect of your health, it’s likely that you’re having trouble with others as well.
But there’s also a negative aspect to this.
Improving one dimension may have a knock-on effect on others.
Deep health coaching has this kind of power.
Perhaps you might assist your wounded client in finding alternate activities and managing their discomfort psychologically.
You might expose them to water activities like swimming, for example. You assist them in rehabilitating their injuries and returning to normalcy.
They resume their march. They are in a better mood. At dragon boating or the neighborhood pool, they make new pals.
Alternatively, you might offer your stressed-out customer some relaxation methods, some mobility exercises to perform at their desk, and the phone number of a healthy food delivery service. You also understand their difficulties.
They relax a bit, get more exercise throughout the day, concentrate better, and (as a consequence of their increased concentration and productivity) even find time to return home half an hour sooner, making their spouse happy.
When you pull a lever in one level of deep health, it will cause gears in other dimensions to move as well.
Make the most of the relationships between deep health aspects. If one section is closed or temporarily unavailable, try another.
Everyone’s definition of deep health is different.
It might be balancing a particular trouser size with a weekly ice cream date with their kids for a young stay-at-home mom.
It might be pushing their bench press without ruining their shoulders or social life for an elite powerlifter.
It may be “mobility over medication” for a retiree in their 70s, as they avoid blood pressure medications and take lengthy walks with their spouse.
That’s why your clients need personalized and attentive coaching.
Deep health has nothing to do with rules or ideas.
It’s all about invitation and inquiry.
Examine your customers’ worlds for opportunities for development, improvement, and learning. Then ask them to join you in your development and learning.
This provides you with limitless coaching opportunities… as well as a long-term, profitable, and satisfying coaching relationship for both client and coach.
For profound health… and greater outcomes, hire a coach.
So, where do you begin?
Simply ask your customers.
They’ll be able to tell you where they need the greatest assistance and where they wish to grow.
This isn’t a diagnostic or an interrogation, so don’t think of it that way.
Consider it more like starting a discussion, telling a narrative, and strengthening a coaching relationship.
If you wish, you may ask one or all of these questions informally.
You may inquire and infer in a variety of ways, collecting information from a variety of customer signals (for instance, their body language).
You may also use the form below to include these questions into your progress check-ins.
(You may print off a copy for yourself or your customers.)
You’ll both acquire important knowledge as you explore with your customer.
Your client may begin to see areas of their life that are out of sync with their core values and objectives. Or when one dimension is linked to another in previously unknown ways. (Example: “Gosh, I’m so grumpy on days when I don’t get any exercise.”)
Often, just being aware of the problem is enough to start a discussion about change.
Alternatively, you may direct customers more consciously toward recognizing what could need their attention. (For example, “I notice that people who have difficulty sleeping also have difficulty controlling their appetite…”) “Does that resonate with you?”)
Of course, as you are undoubtedly aware, telling customers what to do is ineffective. Rather of grading your client’s questionnaire and assigning a “assignment,” ask them:
“Can you tell me what’s on your to-do list?”
You know these habits are bad for your health, sanity, and well-being, yet you still do them. Everyone has a couple.
Some of the most frequent trash list entries are weekend overeating, missing recovery days, and not getting enough sleep. However, they may be anything from negative self-talk to filling the freezer with ice cream on Fridays.
Inquiring about a client’s trash list is a fast and dirty method to determine where to focus your efforts and get them on the road to profound wellness.
But this is just the beginning.
Continue reading if you want to learn how to perfect this coaching concept.
To discover mind-blowing solutions, ask the appropriate questions.
You’ll probably have a solid working idea regarding your client’s deep health after the first examination.
As a coach, you have two responsibilities at this point:
Investigate like a deep health detective.
- In which area(s) do you think there’s still more to learn?
- Where is your customer having the greatest difficulty?
Guide from a deep health sherpa.
- Enhance your client’s awareness rather than “fixing” it.
- Collaborate to identify where they may be able to get help—or come up with their own ideas (with some supportive coaching).
In a nutshell, let your customer to tell you what they need to get outcomes.
To assist you, we’ve put up a helpful quick-start discussion guide. It may be used in a variety of ways.
Option 1: Go through each question one by one, looking for areas where you wish to explore further. Use the follow-up questions to learn more about those topics.
Option 2: Go straight to the inquiry about the area where your customer needs the greatest assistance. Start a discussion with the first question, then go on to the follow-up questions for additional information.
You may utilize the “action-focused thinking” questions to assist your client begin brainstorming ideas in both situations.
They don’t have to make any choices right immediately on how to make changes, but these questions will help them get started.
1st Dimension of Deep Health
“How do you feel in terms of your physical health?”
People can sometimes tell you all you need to know about their diet, activity, health, mobility/pain, and general recovery.
For example, someone could remark, “I’m really tired since I work 12-hour shifts.” My knees were bothering me since I had to stand a lot on the work. I don’t have the energy to cook, so I eat junk from the convenience store.”
Great! You now have a clear path to follow.
They can’t always tell you what’s going on. Or they’ll reply something like, “Meh, alright, I suppose.”
It won’t be an issue if that occurs. See what your customer says when you ask some of the follow-up questions listed below. You can always concentrate on a new area if you’re not making progress.
Questions to ponder in the future
- Learn more about nutrition challenges by answering the following question: “What is your greatest nutrition problem right now?”
- Identify mobility barriers: “How do you feel when you exercise?”
- “What’s stopping you from obtaining the physique you truly want?” asks action-oriented thinking.
Dimension #2 of Deep Health
“How are you doing emotionally?” says the narrator.
It’s tough to speak about, but it’s important. Everything from your client’s eating habits to their interactions with others is influenced by how they feel emotionally on a daily basis.
A short pro tip: What your customer doesn’t say is nearly as significant as what they do say in many of these questions.
Look for clues in their body language, particularly if they’re delivering an emotional tale. For example, if someone scream, “I want to murder my boss,” and then fall like a pile of dirty clothes when they remark, “I’m so disappointed with my performance,”
Consider pushing them more if they offer you a one-word response. Perhaps there isn’t anything there, but you’ll never know until you ask.
Questions to ponder in the future
- Recognize their emotional intelligence: “It seems like you had a rough day yesterday. “How did you handle it?”
- Consider your overall mood: “What three adjectives would you use to characterize your overall mood?”
- Thinking that is action-oriented: “What do you think those three words [above] mean? Is there anything you’d want to improve in terms of your emotional well-being?”
Dimension #3 of Deep Health
“What occurred the last time you were confronted with a major logistical challenge?”
This section is mostly concerned with how effectively their intellect functions. And this question aids customers in assessing their problem-solving, concentration, prioritization, and perspective-taking abilities.
You’ll also have the opportunity to see their level of insight. Is there anything more they’d want to say about how they handled the situation? Or what they could have done differently in the situation?
A customer who isn’t doing well in this area may be having trouble concentrating at work or forgetting essential things on their to-do list. So look for indications that they may benefit from improving their mental game.
Questions to ponder in the future
- Look for inconsistencies in your organization and mental clarity: “How do you keep track of all you have to accomplish on any given day?”
- Assess your creativity by asking, “Where and when do you come up with your greatest ideas?”
- “What do you believe you need to have a clearer head?” is an example of action-focused thinking.
Dimension #4 of Deep Health
“Why do you wish to improve your health?” asks existential health.
Existential health is defined as having a deeper “why” or sense that our activities have significance.
We feel valuable when we have a clear sense of who we are and what we’re here to accomplish. The way we treat our brains, bodies, and the people around us is influenced by how we value ourselves.
People find meaning in a variety of jobs, from being the greatest parent they can be to improving the world via their profession. What matters is that your customer discovers significance in something.
It’s also critical to comprehend motives, or what drives the desire to change. We may change without fully understanding why we’re doing it, but it helps to believe that the pain we’re experiencing has a greater meaning.
Just a heads up: the more times you ask, “why?” the more likely you are to uncover the true reason they desire to make a difference in their lives. Start sentences with “I’m curious about…” and “Why…?”
Questions to ponder in the future
- Look for a bigger picture: “What’s driving you here?” What is it that motivates you to accomplish this, or to live life in general?”
- “What isn’t driving you?” inquire about the “not-why.” “What are you not interested in doing or having?” (It’s sometimes simpler for individuals to identify what they don’t want, then you can go in the other direction to figure out what they truly value.)
- Determine their feeling of belonging by asking them, “How do you see yourself fitting into the “grand picture?”
- “What do you believe will give your life greater meaning?” is an example of action-oriented thinking. Is there anything you’re already doing that’s important to you?”
Dimension #5 of Deep Health
Relational health: “Who in your life is encouraging you on your path to better health?”
Finding out whether your client has social support is crucial to their success in their health and fitness journey, and knowing if they have may help you better evaluate their requirements.
It’s a wonderful exercise for your client to “identify and name” someone they can depend on for assistance if they have someone in mind. This inquiry may also assist your client understand that they need to seek help from a close friend or family member, such as a partner or spouse.
Your client’s behaviors may be influenced by their relationships without their recognizing it. It may be more difficult for them to eat carefully and focus on their meal if their spouse chooses to watch TV while eating supper.
Questions to ponder in the future
- “It seems like Person X is really important to you!” probe for meaningful connections. “Could you elaborate on how they assist you?”
- “Where and with whom do you feel like you ‘belong?’” gauge their feeling of belonging.
- “What do you need from the people you care about in order to succeed?” asks action-oriented thinking.
Dimension #6 of Deep Health
“How do your surroundings influence your health?” asks environmental health.
Everything in your surroundings affects you, from the food you consume to the weather in your city to the political climate in your nation.
Being and feeling comfortable, secure, and supported by your surroundings allows you to make better health-related decisions.
Environmental health also includes having access to resources such as healthcare and nutritious food.
Some aspects of our surroundings are beyond our control. They’re more structural and systemic, and they’re woven into our societies’ fabric. Poverty, racism, homophobia, a lack of disability accommodations, and relocation are examples of social determinants of health (as in the case of refugees).
Changing someone’s surroundings in any of these circumstances may be very challenging. Focusing on the things you can control, whenever feasible, may assist.
Questions to ponder in the future
- Determine resource availability: “Is there anything you think you’ll need to achieve your objectives that you don’t presently have?”
- Assess their safety and security by asking, “Where do you feel most at ease and safe?”
- “How would you alter your surroundings to help you better achieve your goals?” is an example of action-oriented thinking.
What should I do next?
Take a step back and look at the broader picture.
You should now be aware of how apparently unrelated variables such as a person’s relationships and work life may influence their capacity to lose weight, build muscle, and/or enhance their general health.
So, even if a customer has a super-specific aesthetic objective, evaluate them for deep health for the greatest outcomes.
Make an effort to find relationships.
The social bone is linked to the cerebral bone, which in turn is linked to the physical bone, and so on. Pull a thread from your client’s life with a curious eye, believing that everything is connected, and see what emerges.
This also implies that tiny details are microcosms. If a customer comes to you with major issues, inquire about specific, concrete instances of how those issues developed. Consider the following example:
Client: I’m a terrible eater.
Coach: Can you tell me about a time in the past couple of days when you ate badly? Maybe just one meal? What was going on at the time?
And so on.
Work along with your customer.
Don’t instruct, direct, lecture, or jump in with “helpful” ideas right away.
Instead, work together to investigate. Inquire, learn, and listen.
Every customer requires a unique strategy, and they must first buy in. That occurs when people feel independent and self-determined, and when they have the opportunity to share their experience without fear of being judged by the coach.
To develop a customized strategy, all you have to do is ask the appropriate questions and listen to the responses.
Remember that coaching is both a science and an art.
Nutritional science may help your customers achieve abs. Artful coaching has the potential to improve their lives. When you combine the two, you’re ensuring your own (and your customers’) success.
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Deep health is a term used to describe the state of being healthy.
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