How to Choose the Right Nutrition Coach For You?
There are many factors which determine your choice of nutrition coach. These include:
1) Experience Level – The experience level of the person you choose to work with will have a big impact on how much time they spend with you and what kind of advice they give.
If you want someone who is going to give you their opinion without any direction or guidance, then go with a fitness professional.
2) Location – Some coaches may not be available in all areas so it would make sense to look at the availability of different locations before choosing one.
Availability of Coaches – Do you need a specific type of training? Are there certain types of exercises that you don’t like doing? Is there something else that needs to be worked on?
Cost – Does the price seem reasonable? Will you be able to afford to pay them?
Quality of Coaching – What do they offer in terms of quality? Do they provide personalized attention or just general advice? Do they get results quickly or slowly over time? Are their recommendations based on research and experience or are they just “gut feeling”?
The above list is not exhaustive but it gives you some ideas. The best way to get started is by calling the organizations that they belong to and asking about their experience level and quality of service. Many larger organizations such as the ACE (American Council on Exercise), ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) and ISSA (International Sports Sciences Association) offer this kind of information for free. This is a good idea because you don’t know if they are a “fly-by-night” organization or not. Reputable organizations will let you know if there are complaints on record about them or not.
The nutrition coach that you choose to work with needs to be someone who is approachable, friendly and able to be understood by everyone. It doesn’t do any good to pay hundreds of dollars a month for someone who gives you confusing scientific jargon every time you talk with them. It is your money and your time so be sure to look at several coaches before you make a final decision.
Continued Education is also something that many organizations require in order to maintain their membership. This shows dedication by the coach to keep up with changes in the profession and also by you as a consumer to ensure that you are getting the best advice possible.
You can find more information about nutrition coach vs. nutritionist here.
A nutrition coach should be able to help you reach your goals, whether they are weight loss or something else. It is always important to get started on the right foot and this generally requires a consultation. During this time, the coach will ask about your likes, dislikes, other medical conditions if any and more. This helps them to create a plan that is unique for you and helps you to maximize your efforts.
Don’t hesitate to ask them any questions that you may have as this will give you a good idea of how they speak with their clients.
Do you feel comfortable with them? Are they someone that you can see yourself talking with on a regular basis about your goals?
Once you have gone through this process, you should have a good idea of which coach you would like to work with. I generally advise people to go ahead and get started and then if after a certain amount of time you are unhappy with the services you receive then stop working with that coach and find someone else. The time spent unhappily is not worth any money saved.
The one thing that I always tell everyone is to take it one day at a time. If you try to make it more than that, then it becomes overwhelming and you will feel like you have taken on more than you can handle. It is best to take small steps one day at a time.
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