You’ve decided to embark on a weight loss journey. Maybe it’s your first time or maybe it’s your twenty-first time! And this time you want to set yourself up for success in every way possible, including professional expertise! But how do you know what to look for in a nutrition professional? What’s the difference between a dietitian, a nutritionist, and a nutrition coach?
Rules and regulations about the titles nutrition professionals can use and the services they can offer vary depending on the country and/or state in which the professional practices. In some locations, only licensed professionals with extensive education and experience may use variations of titles that include dietitian or nutritionist. In other areas, only the dietitian or registered dietitian designation is protected, and anyone can call themselves a nutritionist. Regardless of location and occupational labels, only licensed dietitians are qualified to treat medical conditions with food or to prescribe nutrition therapy for patients. In contrast, depending on local regulations, certified nutritionists can help guide you as you work towards your goals and offer information, suggestions, and resources to help you finally find success.
Our certified nutritionist offers a variety of services, including one-on-one personal coaching. A nutrition coach combines a well-rounded nutritionist’s experience and expertise in nutrition, fitness, and wellness to provide personalized guidance the helps a client create the change they’re looking for. In other words, just as a tennis coach helps to analyze your swing, overcome your mental challenges, and optimize your overall performance, a nutrition coach can provide insight into many parts of your approach to weight loss and wellness to help create an increasingly healthy lifestyle.
So, is nutrition coaching right for you? Well, it might be if…
- …you’re overwhelmed or confused by diet fads and trends.
At Live Lean Rx Houston we take a unique perspective on nutrition. We don’t make guesses or treat you like an average. We understand that you’re unique and so are your goals! Our nutritionist offers evidence-based recommendations based on data about your body using DEXA scan technology and metabolic testing. We help you understand the true benefits and risks of the latest weight loss and fitness trends so you can cut through the garbage.
- …you’ve tried to lose weight repeatedly, but you never reach your goal, or you regain the weight.
Everyone starting on a transformation journey has struggles and obstacles to overcome. A nutrition coach can help you get to the root of what’s keeping you from your goals and can help you develop strategies to help you move past it.
- …you need help implementing your doctor’s recommendations.
We all understand that excess body fat can increase the risk of health issues like high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol. Your physician may recommend you make lifestyle or dietary changes to treat or manage your condition. You may also be referred to a registered dietician, a professional with extensive education that qualifies them to treat medical conditions with diet and nutrition. A nutrition coach does not treat medical conditions, but she can help you find ways to comply with your doctor’s or dietitian’s orders. For example, your coach can offer accountability, recommend healthy substitutions, teach you to read nutrition labels, and help you create healthy versions of family favorite recipes!
- …you know what you need to do but you struggle to get it done.
Maye you already understand the basics of nutrition. You understand energy balance and you know that you need to create a calorie deficit to lose body fat. You know the importance of eating a variety of whole, unprocessed foods and regular physical activity. But knowing is only half the battle! The other, more challenging half is putting the knowledge to use! A nutrition coach can help you create a plan to overhaul your lifestyle or to make small changes that build upon each other and let you claim your success.
- …you’re ready to overcome your personal ties to food.
Food is just fuel – or is it? It’s true in one sense. Fuel is how we provide our body with the macro and micronutrients our bodies need to work hard and play hard. But isn’t it more than that? Food is a focus of our social lives, it’s an identifying part of our cultures, and it’s an integral part of family time. Understanding that food is fuel is an important part of reaching your goals but understanding the other roles food plays in your life is equally important. A nutrition coach can work with you to identify your emotional, social, and cultural perspective on food and help you identify ways to incorporate healthy eating habits while still enjoying food in all the roles it plays!
- …you want the guidance and compassion of someone that understands transformation personally.
Did you know that each member of the Live Lean Rx Houston team has a transformation story to tell? We know transformations and, honestly, it’s a bit personal to us. After losing over 125 pounds the old-fashioned way through nutrition and exercise, our certified nutrition coach can relate to the physical challenges, the emotional struggles, the setbacks, and the joy of small successes. Choosing a nutrition coach with personal success in fat loss and transformation means you can get the benefit of both personal and professional experience to help you at every step of your journey.
- …you desire to learn and take control of your own health and fitness.
You may have worked with a personal trainer or nutritionist before that told you exactly what to do and when to do it. This approach can definitely help you reach a goal, but with one really important downfall – you’ve hired someone to control YOUR personal health and fitness! We believe everyone should take ownership of their health, so we work with clients to be sure each individual receives the knowledge and support needed to create a healthy lifestyle they can be proud of! If you want to partner with a health and wellness professional that will empower you rather than leave you dependent on paid services and inflexible diet plans, then a nutrition coach might be a great option for you.
- …you feel motivated and encouraged by personalized support and accountability.
Let’s face it. Sometimes we all just need a little encouragement and other times we need a little tough love. The right nutrition coach will balance genuine support with honest information to help you stay on track towards your goals. The availability of a nutrition coach can make a powerful difference for clients that lack a supportive social network.
…Coworkers that peer pressure you into afternoon treats.
…Relatives that sabotage you with guilt.
…Children and spouses that resist healthier habits at home.
…Friends that encourage you to skip your workout in favor of dinner & drinks.
Your nutrition coach can help you find the confidence to stick to your commitment to your health and overcome the challenges that even well-meaning family and friends can present.