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What is a Nutritionist?


A Nutritionist, or Certified Nutrition Specialist, creates meal plans according to a patient’s dietary restrictions and requirements. Their main duties include establishing short and long-term health goals with patients, teaching the public about Health/Nutrition, and developing effective Nutritional/Exercise Plans for clients.

Nutritionist duties and responsibilities


Nutritionists work closely with clients to develop healthy eating habits. Some of their duties and responsibilities include: 

• Counsel patients on any dietary issues and healthy eating habits.
• Develop nutrition plans while taking into account the client’s budget and tastes.
• Assess clients’ nutritional and health needs.
• Evaluate if the meal plans have a positive effect on clients’ health.
• Create educational material about healthy eating habits.
• Read and contribute to the latest nutritional research.
• Speak to groups about the importance of nutrition to prevent specific diseases.
• Document patient progress.

Nutritional Guidance Benefits

(Permanent Lifestyle Change)

1. Personalized Nutrition

Many diet plans just give the dieter generic eating plans that don’t consider a person’s unique stats, exercise, and lifestyle factors. Or, they simply tell people to abstain from eating certain macro groups in order to inadvertently cut calories. The problem with this haphazard approach is that it never teaches a person how to eat in a way that’s right for his/her body and specific goals or eat in a way that is realistic in our modern society. A nutritional coach builds the program around you so everything is formulated for you the individual instead of a one size fits all approach.

2. Program Adjustments

A coach will be able to adjust things for the client as their body changes or as their goals change. A good nutritional coach monitors a client’s progress and makes program changes based on the solid data collected from the client. Changes are systematic and precise opposed to the guessing game packaged diets offer.

3. Accountability

Accountability is one of the cornerstones of success and a coach holds the client accountable to following the prescribed plan he/she has designed for them. A coach will design a program that has a method of accountability that is clearly outlined so the client knows what to expect and when accountability checkpoints will take place.

4. Meal Planning

A certified nutritional coach will be able to assist the client in formulating healthy meal plans that not only meet their nutritional needs but also fuel their workouts properly. A good coach knows that less is not always best so they teach clients that a meal plan that promotes starvation isn’t a viable option for long-term success.

5. Encouragement

Everyone struggles and has days in which they don’t feel motivated or are even tempted to give up. A coach is there to support and encourage on those days and will help clients mentally get over those bumps in the road. A nutritional coach will help the client keep focused on the big picture and remind them of their past successes.

6. Progress Monitoring

It can be challenging for clients to keep track of their progress or to know which stats are the most important to track. A coach organizes a client’s progress data and keeps track of change over time. They also know which indicators are the most accurate for measuring the client’s progress based on their individual goals. The scale isn’t always a good measure and the coach knows when to use it and when not to.

7. Nutritional Expertise

The world of nutrition is a confusing place. There are so many myths and so much false information circulating around the internet regarding what and what not to eat. A nutritional coach bases his/her advice on scientific research as opposed to what is trendy or in diet pop culture. A coach understands how the body processes the food you eat and how energy is obtained from those foods. He/she can help clients gain a better relationship with food by exposing nutritional myths and leading them towards more balanced eating.

8. Education

A good nutritional coach isn’t just a coach but also a teacher. Teaching the client about good nutrition is one of the primary goals of coaching. A coach doesn’t expect a client to need help forever, but to eventually gain enough knowledge that they can be successful on their own. Education is powerful and liberating and a good coach seeks to empower their clients.

9. Eating for Exercise

A nutrition coach has the ability to evaluate a client’s exercise plan and then recommend an eating strategy that is best for fueling that type of exercise. Some types of exercise may require more protein than others while some may require more carbohydrate intake and furthermore, some types of training may require some supplementation to ensure the client is keeping the proper electrolyte balance within their body.

10. Doesn’t Treat Illness

A good nutritional coach understands that it is beyond their scope of practice to diagnose or treat any medical condition or illness. They know when to refer clients to a doctor for additional testing, and they know when to make sure a client gets medical clearance from their doctor before beginning a new eating plan.

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