There are so many reasons why you should hire a nutrition coach ranging from education and expertise to accountability and support. The benefits are vast, especially with all the misinformation on social media and mainstream marketing. With all the confusion in the diet industry, it can be extremely confusing to sift through all the noise and garbage which often times leads to the vicious cycle of yo-yo dieting.
Working with a Certified Nutrition Coach can help cut through the dieting B.S. and teach you how to properly nourish your body in a healthy and sustainable way without giving up the foods you love. Here are some reasons to work with a nutrition coach rather than trying to figure it out yourself.
1 – Personalized Nutrition Plans
Many diet plans and programs give cookie cutter advice and plans that lump everyone into the same category. These plans don’t take into consideration an individual’s stats and body composition, current lifestyle and eating behaviors, exercise, and so much more. Or these plans just tell people to cut out certain food groups or macronutrients, typically carbohydrates, in order to drastically cut calories and lose weight rapidly. The problem with this approach is that you don’t learn how to eat sustainably or true behavior and lifestyle changes. Working with a Certified Nutrition Coach will create a program that is created specifically to your lifestyle, needs, and goals instead of the cookie cutter one size fits all approach.
2 - Accountability
Accountability is one of the main jobs for a nutrition coach. It is key for the success of a client to have accountability and support to follow a prescribed plan. It is so easy to fall off the wagon and steer off course, but it is super hard to get back on course. That is where the nutrition coach comes in. A good program will have a clear path to reaching goals with a method of accountability along the way.
3 - Education
When it comes to nutrition and weight loss, education should be at the forefront. A good nutrition coach will lead with education rather than just telling the client what to eat. The ultimate goal is to set the client up to have food confidence and be independent. A good coach will never want a client for life. Education is powerful and a good coach will seek to empower their clients.
4 – Nutrition Expertise
It is no secret that the world of nutrition is a confusing are to navigate. Again, there is so much misinformation and so many myths on the internet and marketing. How do you sift through all that noise and often times conflicting information? That is where a nutrition coach comes in. A good nutrition coach will set the record straight using science backed information. They will keep up-to-date with all the changes and latest research when it comes to nutritional science. The coach will guide their client towards more balanced eating and food confidence by dispelling all the misinformation and myths floating around on the internet.
5 – Progress Tracking and Adjustments
Clients see themselves every day and rarely every pay attention to the changes they are experiencing. A good coach will maintain an organized method of tracking client progress data and changes over time. They also know the best methods of tracking progress and often times will use more than one method of tracking. The coach will ensure they are pointing out non-scale victories as they are just as important. As progress and trends change, a good coach will know when to make adjustments to the client’s plan and what adjustments to make to ensure they staying on track.
What to Look for In a Nutrition Coach
1 – Certification: A nutrition coach or professional should hold a current certification from a respected organization. This means that they have completed a course, passed a certification or licensure exam, and proven proficiency and expertise to warrant issuance of credentials.
2 – Experience: A good coach has a proven track record getting positive results for their clients. A good coach sets realistic expectations at the start and effectively communicates with their clients. A good and experienced has a proven track record of providing support and accountability for their clients every step of the way.
3 – Sets a Good Example: A good and effective coach of course will practice what they preach. They will never ask the client to do something they themselves hasn’t done or won’t do. Of course, a nutrition coach doesn’t have to be a fitness model or anything like that, but they should set the example of living a healthy lifestyle through a healthy and well-balanced diet and a consistent exercise routine. You don’t want to work with someone who is out of shape or overweight. I assume you wouldn’t go to a financial planner to be your business coach, so why would you work with a nutrition coach who is out of shape and doesn’t practice what they preach?
You may think you can go at changing your lifestyle and habits on your own, but it is ok to ask for help from a professional. A nutrition coach is the perfect resource to help you with your weight loss journey if the weight won’t budge or you just don’t know where to start.
If you fall into that category and would like to consult with a certified nutrition coach, I am available to see how we can work together to meet your needs and goals. Sign up for a free discovery call and let’s get you started to reaching your goals today!