The NASM Certified Nutrition Coach (CNC) is your education solution for guiding clients toward optimal nutrition choices for health- and wellness-related outcomes. The course arms you with evidence-backed nutrition science that has been peer-reviewed by multiple experts in the industry. It also teaches you how to use behavior change and coaching strategies with your clients to develop long-lasting weight loss and healthful nutrition habits.
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
Evaluate client nutrition needs based on evidence-backed and peer-reviewed nutritional science.
Employ behavior change strategies during client conversations about health, fitness and wellness.
Coach clients on navigating various nutrition choices based on their needs, goals, lifestyle and food preferences.
This course provides continuing education units Certified Personal Trainers (1.9 NASM CEUs and 3.0 ACE CECs) that are required for recerticiation.
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There are no prerequisites for the Nutrition Certification course. But we always encourage you to look for scope of practice in your location with regards to nutrition practices. If you are a certified fitness professional or an ICF-accredited professional coach, you are advised always to apply nutrition knowledge within the scope of your practice.
Our Certified Nutrition Coach Curriculum
This course has been written and reviewed by 20 leading experts in the fields of fitness and nutrition for health.
The digital learning platform allows yoy to work through activities, practice exams, downloadble text-book, videos, infographics and downloads.
You can access the content from any device for a period of 5 years. However, the exam expiry date is one year.
Section 1: Nutrition Science
Chapter 1: Introduction. Learn about the role of a Nutrition Coach and how the NASM Nutrition Certification can help enhance your career.
Chapter 2: Scope of Practice Understand a Nutrition Coach's scope of practice, professional expectations, and differentiate among related nutrition professions.
Chapter 3: Evidence-Based Nutrition and Practice. In this chapter, you'll learn the importance of evidence-based practice as a nutrition specialist, the difference between basic scientific principles and methodology, and how to define scientific research processes.
Chapter 4: Food-Preferences and Influences. Understand the effects of nutrition intake on individual health, identify the role of dietary habits in overall health, and describe factors that influence dietary patterns. You'll also be able to recognize the dangers of a one-diet-fits-all approach and identify how different factors can influence eating patterns.
Chapter 5: Energy Balance and Metabolism. This chapter explores how macronutrients fuel activity and bodily functions, as well as how to balance the energy in versus energy out equation. You'll understand the First Law of Thermodynamics, energy balance, and energy systems.
Chapter 6: Protein. Protein is an important macronutirent that many bodily functions depend on. Learn the structure and function of protein, total daily protein requirements, and methods for establishing protein requirements in dietary program.
Chapter 7: Carbohydrates. Carbohydrates provide energy for the body. Understand their structure and function, the digestion and absorption process, daily carbohydrate requirements and more.
Chapter 8: Fats . Dietary fat has many important functions. In this chapter, you'll learn about the function and intake recommendations, healthy versus unhealthy fats, as well as key myths and hot topics related to fat.
Chapter 9: Alcohol. This chapter explains the digestion and absorption process of alcohol, as well as the psychological effects and methods for accomodating alcohol in a dietary program.
Chapter 10: Micronutrients Micronutrients help maintain the metabolic processes required to produce energy. Understand the difference between water-soluble vitamins, fat-soluble vitamins, and minerals, identify common food sources, and learn to calculate daily recommended intakes and the values for each micronutrient.
Chapter 11: Hydration. In this chapter, you'll learn the compartmental aspects and shifts of water in the body following significant sweat losses. You'll also discover methods to help decrease excessive hypo- and hyper-hydration and learn about proper hydration strategies.
Chapter 12: Nutrient Timing. Discover appropriate nutrient-timing strategies for performance and fot altering body composition, as well as the role that nutrient timing plays within an overall nutrition strategy.
Chapter 13: Supplements. Understand the role of supplamentation across various goals, explain the strength of the evidence base for community used supplements, and learn to communicate with clients about pros and cons of supplementation.
Section 2: Behavior Chande Strategies
Chapter 14: Psychology of Weight Control and Behavior Change. In this chapter, you'll learn how psychology affects fitness and wellness. Identify barriers to diet and exercise, common eating disorders, and common client types used to develop customized programs.
Chapter 15: Coaching and Communication . It's important for Nutrition coaches to communicate in a way that positively influences adherence to their programs. You'll identify strategis for building rapport and use effective communication skills to elicit behavior change.
Chapter 16: Motivational Interviewing. This chapter explains motivational interviewing and strategies that are used to help clients understand the underlying reasons for their own change while affirming their motivation.
Chapter 17: Goal Setting. Understand different types of goals, the benefits of effective goal setting, methods for providing feedback and tracking progress, and identify obtacles commonly encountered when setting goals.
Section 3: Nutrition Coaching
Chapter 18: Dietary Assessment and Body Composition Testing. In this chapter, you'll discover a step-by-step approach to assessing dietary intake and monitoring body composition. You'll compare body-composition assessment methods and understand the importance of consistency and accessibility.
Chapter 19: Food and Supplement Labels and Portion Size. Learn about the labeling standards for food and supplement products, as well as portion size recommendations.
Chapter 20: Helping Clients Navigate the Real World This chapter explains strategies that can help clients make healthy food choices in everyday situations, such as the grocery store or dining out.
Chapter 21: Navigating Diets . Learn the latest facts regarding diets and how they impact health, body composition, and athletic performance. This chapter explores many different diets and provides details regarding their safety and effectiveness.
Chapter 22: Nutrition Hot Topics and Controversies An in-depth approach to explaining the science behind many of the nutrition hot topics and controversies faced by the clients today.
Chapter 23: Managing Weight-loss Plateaus and Maintaining Weight Loss. This chapter examines the science and psychology of weight-loss plateaus and how to help clients avoid this viscious cycle.
Chapter 24: Programming-Putting it All Together. Nutrition Coaches must have a foundational level of knowledge regarding nutritional science and behavior psychology. However, knowledge without action is virtually useless, especially when helping clients achieve their health-and-wellness goals. This chapter puts all of this knowledge into practice and details a step-by-step process for nutrition programming.
After the completion of the course, you will take an online supervised exam at our exam-lab. The exam is a 100 question multiple choice test. You are always allowed to go back and reference the course while taking the exam. The exam is timed and cannot exceed 90 minutes. To pass, you need a score of 70% or higher and you have up to 3 attempts to pass.