With so many voices out there telling you what to eat, when to eat, and how to eat it is easy to become overwhelmed when trying to make healthy decisions that will impact your physical well-being; this is where a nutrition coach comes in handy. The right nutrition coach can help in many different areas like fitness nutrition, emotional eating, habit forming and more. Hiring a nutrition coach is a step in the right direction toward meeting and maintaining your fitness goals; but before you book that nutrition consultation find out what a nutrition coach does.
The first and most common role of a nutrition coach is to serve as an accountability partner. So many of my clients come to me with a wealth of knowledge about how to do the right thing and eat the right foods; what they are lacking is someone that can hold them accountable to their goals. A nutrition coach is perfect for this role. Many people try to enlist the help of a friend or family member for this task but after a while find that it is a lot of work to hand off to a friend. Enlisting the help of a nutrtion coach frees you from the concern that you might be overextending a relationship. Also, having a nutrition coach as an accountability partner provides you with someone to talk to in difficult times or answer your questions from a position of knowledge.
Other clients come to me with less nutrition knowledge than the group mentioned above and in turn, need someone that will advise them on how to eat healthily. For those of you with little experience with successful dieting, a nutrition coach is perfect for you. A nutrition coach can point you in the right direction with meal prepping, provide you with meal plans approved by a registered dietician, and take the guesswork out of weight loss management. If you are a beginner just starting out, a nutrition coach is a perfect partner to help you build up a foundation of knowledge so you can one day make healthy decisions on your own.
One of the lesser known roles of a nutritionist is to serve as a behaviorist. Many people are unaware of their emotions towards eating until someone calls attention to them. Nutrition coaches do this through food log tracking and in-person discussions. Over time a coach will help you identify patterns around when we eat and how much we eat as well as triggers to those patterns. From there a coach will help you build replacement habits or skills that will help you respond when you find yourself eating out of boredom for example.
Additionally, a nutrition coach is a source of knowledge. An effective nutrition coach will be able to communicate esoteric dietary language to clients in a way that they understand and find practical for them. A nutrition coach should provide you with the knowledge and tools to help you properly nourish your body.
This role is by far my favorite as a nutrition coach because I find it is the one clients identify with the most. When clients come to a nutrition coach what they are also getting is a role model; someone who has made healthy eating and exercise an inextricable part of their life. A nutrition coach is not there for you to compare yourself to so much as they serve as an example that you can make it through the tough times. Success is on the other side.
In short, this is by no means an exhaustive list of the roles of a nutrition coach. I intend only to give you a snapshot of the many different hats a nutrition coach wears with the hope that you will find one, or many, that can help you along the way to your fitness goals. For more information about the role of a nutrition coach and how they can help you, book a Nutrition intro at crossfitcypher.com/nutrtion
To Your Continued Success,