Hi, I’m Nathan Jacobson

PhD Healthcare and Business Administration

I was born in Richfield, UT and lived there until I moved to St. George in 2003 for college at Dixie State.  In those 4 years I earned two Associate Degrees.  In 2008, I received both my Bachelors and Masters Degrees at Weber State University.  Finally, from 2012 to 2019, I earned my PhD at Northcentral University.  

During my dissertation, I learned a great deal about The Transtheoretical Model. This model developed by James O. Prochaska and Carlo C. DiClemente has been used for behavior and lifestyle changes related to health for many years.  During my own study, I found key principles relating to the success of individuals who were able to live AND maintain healthier lives.


& Philosophy

When developing a new behavior, it is important to understand what to expect.  The Transtheoretical Model explain 6 stages that a person will go through as they develop a new healthy behavior.  

Stage 5 is the maintenance stage. More recently Prochaska and DiClemente added a 6th stage, relapse.  Relapse can happen at any stage.  A person could only be at stage 2 and relapse.  It is important to know this and to understand why this happens.

There are many reasons why people fall into the relapse stage. Let me be clear, everyone at one point or another goes through the relapse stage. However, not everyone is able to climb back out of this stage.  When considering weight loss, a reason why someone may relapse is because they feel they have reached their goal and, therefore, will stop their new lifestyle change.  

Unfortunately, not soon after will they fall back into old behaviors and eventually return to the same person they wanted to change from.  Another reason why someone may fall into relapse is because their self-efficacy diminished in some way.  Again, self-efficacy simply describes one’s self confidence or, their belief in their ability to change a certain behavior.

Simply put, if you don’t believe in yourself to change, you won’t change. If you’re interested in learning more, please reach out to me with any questions.