How to be a Nutrition Coach
We all know that food fuels us and most of us know what constitutes a healthy diet—and what doesn’t. But just having that knowledge doesn’t mean we always make the best choices when it comes to the food we eat. As a result, our population as a whole is more stressed, overweight, and unhealthy than ever before. We believe that there’s an answer to that problem—nutrition coaching and nutrition careers.
It’s time for a shift in the way we approach nutrition—it’s time for a NEW approach to nutrition. Because achieving true transformation and healthy change is about much more than just our diets.
At Health Coach Institute, we believe that coaches are the key to achieving that change. The students we train through our coaching programs graduate ready to help clients achieve real, lasting change in not only their diet but also in their approach to health and wellness.
If you’re passionate about helping others heal and transform their health, learning more about nutrition and the power of coaching is a great place to start! We’re going to tell you all about what it takes to become a nutrition coach and how they help clients find success.
Do You Need a Nutrition Degree?
This is one of the most common questions people ask when they’re considering a career in nutrition coaching. And because there are no specific guidelines governing the practice of nutrition coaching and there are a great number of options available for people looking to become a Nutrition Coach.
Programs that train coaches (whether they train Health Coaches, Nutrition Coaches, or Life Coaches) typically address nutrition as one of several core parts of the program (like HCI’s Become A Health Coach (BHC) program). These programs will also likely cover topics such as personal transformation, life coaching, habit change, business and marketing, and more.
A degree in nutrition will provide more in-depth knowledge in food and nutrition. Nutrition degrees are available as associate’s, bachelor’s, or even Master’s-level degrees.
If you’re really committed to nutrition as your career path, you could choose to become a Registered Dietitian (or RD). RDs are required to follow certain licensing and certification requirements and an RD degree requires the most in-depth training.
Another option is becoming a licensed nutritionist. Some states have specific requirements so that may affect the training options available. For example, some states require that you earn a bachelor’s degree in nutrition, food science, or a related program from an accredited institution before becoming certified.
No matter which training you choose the good news is that there are a number of job opportunities available to you. Nutritionists, RDs, and nutrition coaches can work in many similar settings. They can launch their own businesses or work within corporations, insurance agencies, at schools, in hospitals or doctors offices, and more. Obviously, the role they play within those positions will vary based on their education and experience.
Before you choose a training program, it’s important that you carefully consider all of your options and choose the training that best fits your goals for the future. It all depends on what you want to do with your career.
What You will Learn as a Nutrition Coach
Getting a degree in nutrition doesn’t mean just learning about food. Of course that’s the main component, but providing truly effective coaching is about much more than just what clients eat.
Every program is different, and obviously we know the most (and are most excited about!) our own program. In the BHC program, we focus on transformation through food. We believe that health is the foundation of happiness and a gateway to help clients change their lives completely. That’s why we provide a robust training that incorporates habit change and nutrition knowledge. We want our students to graduate prepared to help their clients improve their health and help them implement those changes in all areas of their lives.
Most nutrition schools overload with nutrition knowledge and every dietary theory known to man. But it’s too much for clients to take in. Nutrition knowledge is important, but the bottom line is that dietary and nutrition knowledge can be overwhelming and confusing. Your clients ultimately don’t have the time, energy, or desire to learn everything there is to know about the specifics of nutrition.
Clients don’t need more information – they need curated information. Information that is essential, relevant, teachable, and actionable. So we teach essential nutrition—the 20% of knowledge that causes 80% of change.
Our focus on habit change teaches students how to help clients unpack their emotions and decisions around food. We encourage them to ask questions such as, Why and how do you eat? Where do you eat? Who you are being when you eat?
Discovering the whys behind our health and wellness choices can then allow us to identify patterns and, eventually, replace unhealthy habits with new ones. As a result, coaches can help clients address symptoms of disease, lose weight, feel better in their bodies, gain confidence and energy, and so much more.
What clients find is that often through cultivating good health, clients end up improving relationships, discover their passions, perform better in their career, make more money, find themselves more joyful.
Who You Can Help as a Nutrition Coach
A nutrition coach has a number of different roles all wrapped into one. They can be a nutritionist, counselor, consultant, mentor, and cheerleader. They provide their clients with the knowledge and skills they need to create lasting change and implement healthy habits.
Nutrition coaches help clients develop plans that will allow them to achieve their goals by empowering them to take responsibility for their own health—beyond just a proper diet. Nutrition coaches focus on many areas of a person’s life in order to improve overall well-being.
They can provide clients with:
- General nutrition information and recommendations
- Strategies to add more physical activity into daily routines
- Tips for nurturing relationships
- The knowledge to achieve balance as they implement new healthy habits
They ultimately teach clients how to make healthy lifestyle choices that stick. As such, they can help almost anyone! They can help people looking to:
- Reduce stress
- Resolve digestive issues
- Overcome binge and emotional eating
- Stop chronic dieting
- Improve body image
- Lose weight
- Gain energy
- Cure cravings
- Balance hormones
- And more!
How to Become a Nutrition Coach in 6 Months
Our training program will prepare you to become a coach in just six months. Our students graduate with the tools and knowledge they need to not only successfully help clients improve their nutrition and health, but also the marketing and business know-how to launch a successful coaching business.
If you’re ready to learn more about nutrition coaching or the educational programs we offer at Health Coach Institute, contact a Clarity Coach to learn more. They’ll tell you all about our program and this exciting industry.