What’s going on? My name’s Jon. Since you’re on this page, I’m guessing that you’re considering hiring a virtual nutrition coach.
If you want to make some health changes that last, I think it’s a great idea to have a coach on your side. And, I’m not just saying that because I myself am an online nutrition coach. I’m saying that because I truly believe in the power of nutrition coaching. And, here are a few reasons why I think it’s so powerful.
Coaches Create Accountability
One of the key ingredients to achieving your goals is accountability. You can have all the knowledge in the world, but if you’re not taking action on it, it’s useless. Accountability helps you connect knowing to doing.
A good nutrition coach will provide you with high quality information, but they won’t stop there. They’ll work with you to then implement that information in a functional way, so it’s actually useful. Then, by providing accountability, they’ll keep you on the road of progress. That’s how you reach your goals.
Good Coaches Avoid Diet Fads
Diets are a dime a dozen. And, some of them have merit. I prefer not to poo poo diet fads, just because they’re a fad. I can identify several positive elements to the ketogenic diet, intermittent fasting, and the paleo diet.
However, I don’t believe in fitting people to any particular diet. Instead I believe in fitting the diet to the person. That’s because we are each individuals with different tastes, preferences, and goals. So, you’re going to be far more successful if your diet fits those tastes, preferences and goals.
It’s as simple as that.
Online Coaching is Super Convenient
We are busy people. We have a lot on our plate. According to tradition you might see a dietitian or nutritionist in person in an office or medical clinic. But, let’s be honest. That’s super inconvenient, and not necessary.
With virtual nutrition coaching, everything is done online. That makes it easy to get the support and coaching you need without the inconvenience. You can meet with your virtual nutrition coach no matter where you’re at as long as you have a stable internet connection, or phone service.
Nutritionists vs Dietitians vs Health Coaches
Most people who provide virtual nutrition coaching call themself either a nutritionist, a dietitian, or a health coach. So, what’s the difference?
Nutritionists – The use of the term “nutritionist” is not very highly regulated in the US. Most people can call themself a nutritionist without any professional training. There are certifications that you can take, but again, it’s not required by law.
Now, there are great nutritionists out there who are super knowledgable and effective. However, since there are no restrictions for who can call themself a nutritionist, you have to be very careful and check their credentials to make sure they’re legitimate.
Dietitian – This is the most regulated title for those practicing nutrition coaching. In order to become a dietitian you have to complete extensive coursework on human metabolism, biochemistry, and nutrition. They are also required to complete internships in hospitals, clinics, and community health settings. After they’ve completed their coursework, and internship hours, they must sit for a national exam to earn the Registered Dietitian (RD) title. Dietitians have a minimum of a bachelor or masters degree in nutrition.
Health Coach – This is becoming a more common title. Similar to a nutritionist, “health coach” is not a protected title. So, although there are a number of health coach certification programs, there is no standardized requirement to call yourself a health coach.
Health coaches help clients set goals and then provide accountability to reaching those goals. They are highly focused on motivating clients to make healthier change in their life. However, they are not trained in or certified to prescribe specific dietary recommendations.
What am I? I see myself as a hybrid combination of these, plus a specialty in exercise. I became a Registered Dietitian because I wanted to have a solid foundation in the science of nutrition, that I could then build on. Additionally, I am a Certified Dietitian Nutrition Coach, which allows me to combine the science of nutrition with the motivational coaching skills to help clients implement change. Lastly, I also hold an ACSM certification as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist, which allows me to also work with clients to get more active.
Are Credentials Important?
As someone who holds several different credentials, I obviously believe they are important. Otherwise I wouldn’t have spent all that time pursuing them.
But, if your a client looking for results, credentials are not the most important thing of all.
It’s most important to find a virtual nutrition coach that can listen to you, and meet you with where you’re at. You need someone that’s going to recognize your challenges and then help you implement the proper steps to overcome those challenges.
Yes, the right coach should be well informed and knowledgable. But they also need to help you translate that information to application.
Schedule a Discovery Call
Are you looking for a virtual nutrition coach, who’s trained in dietetics, and coaching? Want someone who can help you connect the knowing to the doing? Then, I might just be your guy. Reach out to me below to schedule a 30 minute discovery call. We’ll discuss your nutrition goals, and find out if we’re a good fit.