What Is A Nutrition Coach?
A nutrition coach is a nutritionist, counselor, consultant, trainer, mentor and motivator all in one. Many people hire nutrition coaches to assist them in their everyday lives with nutritional aspects including food choices and preparation, grocery shopping, daily caloric intake, exercise and fitness routines, family health and personal training. In addition to healthy clients, nutrition coaches assist people with a vast number of ailments including overweight/obesity, eating disorders, unhealthy eating habits and poor nutrient intake as well as various diseases including diabetes, celiac disease, Crohn's disease, candida, various mental health problems such as ADHD, autism & Aspergers syndrome and many types of cancer
A nutrition coach can provide a wide range of services. Although the duties are many times the same, a diet coach can also provide many of these services, yet many people go to a diet coach solely to lose weight. A nutrition coach will, in many situations, be able to provide much more to those who need additional help.
What Do Nutrition Coaches Do For Their Clients?
Nutrition Coaches have a variety of services they provide for patients and clients of all types.
- A good coach will begin by teaching the basics of general nutrition, then take a specific approach to each patient based on careful analysis of that person’s needs, their body type and any other information necessary to help that person reach their goals while keeping them safe and healthy. This stage of basic nutrition involves assistance with grocery shopping, meal preparation, nutritional supplements if needed and any other over-all advice.
- The next step will be guidance through the system that was started in step one, taking a detailed history of health and current nutritional intake, often times running multiple tests to allow the greatest possible amount of information about the patient or client. Once a nutritional program has been created, a coach will provide assistance with the instructions given and explanation of the benefits at each phase. These recommendations should be based on each individual person’s specific biochemistry, physiology, genetics, environment and lifestyle.
- Once a patient or client has begun their designed program, coaches will assist them with their specific goals they wish to achieve. Coaches continue to assist in the ascertainment of these goals, providing both medical and moral assistance throughout the process.
Nutrition Coach Salary & Career Outlook
According to Indeed.com, an online industry monitor, starting nutrition coaches can earn over $39,000 with a two or four-year degree in nutrition or a nutrition related program. Many nutrition coaches have their own practice, and with a solid client base, are able to earn much higher salaries.
As the health care industry continues to grow faster than most other fields, nutrition will continue to grow as well. As the cost of health care grows astronomically each decade, more people will inevitably look to alternative forms of treatment for their physical and mental ailments. Since the benefits of nutrition continue to rise for nearly every aspect of human health, nutrition coaches should see a significant increase in demand over the coming decade.