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Become a Nutrition Expert and Help People Fulfil Their potential

Become a Nutrition Expert and Help People Fulfil Their potential

Do you feel the urge to help people live healthier lives? Are you the go-to person for Nutrition advice? Or do you feel you could offer a more rounded service as a personal trainer, health coach, acupuncturist, herbalist, yoga teacher etc?

If you find yourself researching the latest dietary trends and physiology of metabolism you may wish to consider  formalising your education and finding a community of like-minded individuals. While you can ‘make it’ through self-education, you can really ‘make it’ by offering something extra to your clients. Girl doing Weights

See, some personal trainers are blessed. You might even be one of them. You might have a natural confidence, the ability to build rapport with almost anyone and a knack for selling in your services.

But give your clients something extra and they will do most of the legwork on promotion for you.

Nutrition. It’s an irresistible ‘something extra’ – especially this time of year. Add in-depth dietary knowledge to your personal training or coaching repertoire and you could generate stacks of business from your dedicated clients who see you as their go-to advisor.

Set yourself apart

When you’re starting out as a gym instructor, you’re faced with some heavy business challenges – one being that many gym-goers like to think they know everything they need to, and therefore do not require your help.

This is less of a problem when it comes to nutrition … but that side of the profession comes with its own set of obstacles.

People (particularly the health-conscious) need genuine, proven and trustworthy advice when it comes to what they consume. If you’re half-heartedly advising clients on what to eat post-workout, or if you struggle to answer their diet-related questions, it can show weakness in your skills elsewhere.

If a client loses faith in you because of some poor nutritional guidance, then they could lose faith in you altogether.

On the flipside, if you confidently deliver the correct nutritional direction for your clients (even if they’re not paying you for it yet), then you’re offering that crucial ‘something extra’. You’re more than just another gym instructor – you’re a health and fitness authority.

To get hold of the knowledge you need and set yourself apart from the next trainer that comes along, take a course – get an actual nutrition qualification for your hard work.

It takes six weeks on average to complete the Level 3 Weight and Management course from Health and Fitness Education.

Anybody can apply. I’m not suggesting this course will give you everything you need to know but starting with a formal qualification will give you a solid foundation, credibility and the tools to know where to find further information and when to refer to a more qualified specialist who will refer back to you too. If you can set up good relationships with other health professionals in your area (even Nutritionists) you can all work together to help not only each other but your clients. Lets face it; we are all here because we are passionate about making a difference in people’s lives.

6 week nutrition course

The material provided on this course is second to none – I’ve reviewed it, along with their Pilates course.

You receive a nutrition booklet that’s loaded with scientific theory, evidence and examples for you to work off. Every single word has been placed in there by fitness experts who’ve done all this before.

The content debunks several myths around dieting, eating disorders and disease prevention.

So, you’re only ever delivering factually sound advice to your clients when it comes to nutrition. Simply guessing at a subject as serious as health can be dangerous to your client’s wellbeing … and to that of your career.

The world’s attitude to health and fitness changes a lot. A new discovery is made by a scientist, picked up by several tabloids and goes viral within hours. It happens all the time.

How do you keep up with that? You lock the fundamentals of health and fitness down first (and that’s exactly what you’ll get from HFE’s up-to-date nutrition course), then adapt the learning’s to any real industry shifts.

You can separate the ‘real’ from the hyped-up theories because after the course, you’ll have the fundamentals locked down and you already know how to spot a myth in the fitness sector.

It’s up to you …

Beyond your qualification, it’s up to you to stay on top of the latest nutritional breakthroughs. And it’s always recommended that you refresh your knowledge through your own research.

For example, HFE recently broke down the healthy body fat percentages for males and females, of five different age groups, just last month via its blog. This is the type of bitesize information you can relay to clients when they ask things during a session.


What’s your most commonly asked question on nutrition? Share it in the comments below and let’s see if we can identify a trend.

This was a sponsored post from HFE. I have reviewed their courses and online structure and give my endorsement of the content of their courses.

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Genetic testing and weight loss

Have you ever wondered whether your weight is high or low due to genetics? Why you put on weight just by looking at a biscuit while your skinny friend eats all day and never gains? Could it be due to your genes? Might your parents and your grandparents be responsible for your waist size? Genetic testing weight image

Possibly! Or possibly not! Let me explain…

Weight gain is a very complicated science. If it were simple it wouldn’t be a multimillion dollar industry! People wouldn’t put themselves through extreme diets, punishing bootcamps or psychological guilt over and over again. So often I hear how simple it is to lose weight “just eat less calories than you burn”, “less input;more output” etc etc. While exercise or moving our bodies can reduce weight, it is not as simple as burning off last nights chocolate indulgence. Exercise also builds muscle which burns more energy and makes us look slimmer, it massages our internal organs promoting them to function better and increases mitochondrial production (energy at the cellular level) that has a host of important roles. It really is not a simple process.

What if I told you I can test your fat genes? Would you jump at the chance? What if I told you I could test your gastrointestinal system, your cardiovascular system, sex hormones, lipids, adrenals and more? It is possible to test all of these and quite simply too. It is not cheap though and would probably set you back well over £3k to test them all, possibly more. Last night Dr Dawn Harper presented a TV show on Channel 4 called Fat Family Tree. I’m not sure who made the decision to call it that…anyhow it claimed to “use cutting edge genetics to decode the genes of an overweight family for whom all other attempts to shed the pounds have not worked. Working out how the family’s genes have put them at risk of excessive weight gain is the first step to devising a diet to help them beat their genes. Based on the latest scientific research, the show’s ‘gene-busting’ diet also promises failsafe diet tips that could help all of us shed the pounds.”

There is excitement in the scientific world about gene polymorphisms. Many findings are clinically significant and useful. For example the study looking at the impact of weight loss and a sodium-reducing diet or the MTHFR gene studies that show how some people can’t change naturally occurring folic acid into the active form that the body requires to carry out its biochemistry and therefore store fat, have a higher predisposition to heart disease, diabetes, miscarrige and depression.

Which tests are available?

  • Digestive and stool analysis
  • Hormone profiles – women and men
  • Adrenal stress index
  • Metabolic profiles
  • Allergy profiles
  • Antibody profiles

    What can I do about it?

    Here are some examples of what you can do about it if you have had a test, have been following a healthy plant based diet, exercise regularly and are still not losing weight or putting on weight easily:

    High Adiposity Index: Remove unhealthy gut bacteria, replace with probiotics, reduce refined carbohydrates, address gastrointestinal issues.

    Gastrointestinal issues: remove pathogens (parasites, fungus, yeast etc), address intolerances, correct nutritional deficiencies, normalise transit time, supplement with enzymes, review inflammatory markers.

    Inflammatory markers: support immune function, remove pathogens, address food sensitivities if present.

    Cardiovascular markers: reduce cholesterol, increase magnesium, coenzyme Q10 and vitamin E, reduce blood pressure, review hormone status.

    Hormonal imbalances: address fatty acid deficiencies, increase B vitamins, review Krebs cycle energy production, increase Magnesium and Zinc, detoxify, address carbohydrate metabolism and insulin sensitivity, balance hormones, check MTHFR gene.

    MTHFR gene you need to take a folic acid supplement. This study showed that minimum of 400mcg per day would help although it is thought that the form of the supplement needs to be as folinic acid not folic acid

    Ultimately you want to be counselled accordingly so that you do not waste money on irrelevant testing. There are many tests you can have done. Some use blood, others use saliva or stool or urine. Where you are based, what your other symptoms are all play a part in the bigger picture. It is wise to also remember that regardless of your test results these do only show your predisposition to something; you may have a mistake in a gene coding that causes a predisposition or puts you at higher risk of something but it generally doesn’t give you a magic bullet solution. A higher risk means simply that and should encourage us to be more vigilant in how we treat our body. A good practitioner will help you to analyse your body, your health history and offer advice as to which type of intervention may be more successful for YOU!

    Should you wish to ask any questions or order any tests you can go here:

    Genova diagnostics – tests. Use the code A70GQ

    Invivo clinical – tests.

    Nutri-Link – use the code WOOL.E2 for 10% discount on supplements. Folinic acid available from this company.



    What are the best calorie counting and exercise trackers

    Being a fitness gadget lover I get excited about a shiny new toy. It spurs me on to be a bit more healthy and to keep track of my diet and exercise. I’m more of a believer in a holistic approach than solely the simplistic principle of calories in versus calories out. I do however find it helpful to track my food intake. It makes me more mindful of what I’m eating, and gives me a little boost to see what exercise I’ve done that week. Not that its always recorded but its good to go back to it if I find myself slipping…so I’ve compiled this list of food and exercise resources that I have used or found helpful.

    Food databases and calorie trackers:

    Calorie King


    Calorie Count

    My Fitness Pal


    Spark People

    Smartphone Applications:

    Lose It!


    My Food Diary

    My Fitness Pal


    Spark People

    Body Fitness Free


    Go Meals

    You are your own gym (a personal favourite of mine!)

    Physical activity aids:

    Google Maps

    Map My Walk


    Map My Run

    Pedometers- New Lifestyles, Accusplit, Oregon

    Accelerometers- Fitbit, Gruve, FitBug, Ki Fit

    Heart rate monitors- Polar, Garmin

    Any cool stuff missing? Let me know!