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Nutrition Coach

Course Overview

Course Name
Nutrition Coach
Study Mode
Online and Blended

The Institute’s Nutrition Coach course has been designed to empower fitness professionals to be better equipped to provide current nutrition information to clients within their scope of practice.

Using the latest evidence-based principles, students will learn nutrition for optimal health at every age, for weight management, and for performance and muscle growth.

There is a major focus on motivational coaching skills to better empower the client to make great nutrition choices within a fit and healthy lifestyle.

Learn to provide nutrition solutions for your clients through The Institute's Nutrition Coach course, and add to your revenue stream with your sound nutrition knowledge.

Who Should Attend?

  • Fitness professionals who want their clients to make great nutrition choices through real, cutting-edge motivational coaching strategies
  • Those who want to develop sound nutrition knowledge needed to lead a fit and healthy lifestyle

Why Should I Do The Course?

With obesity rates in Australia climbing faster than anywhere else in the world, solutions are needed for real problems faced by clients who struggle to maintain healthy nutrition choices.

From day one, you will learn how to empower clients to change through real motivational coaching strategies using the latest, evidence-based nutritional principles and practices.

Your Coaches

The Institute’s Nutrition Coach course has been developed by some of Australia’s leading Dietitians, and other highly qualified health and fitness experts.

All Coaches have relevant qualifications with specialised knowledge and skills in nutrition, as well as a teaching qualification.

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Danielle Appi

"Offering nutrition guidance to my clients will allow me to provide a more holistic service, enabling them to make long-term changes."

Danielle Appi

Owner of BodyWorks Personal Training

Nutrition Coach

Course Information

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course, students must have a keen interest in nutrition, have a computer and internet access, and meet the Institute’s acceptance criteria.

Training and Assessment

This course is offered in blended mode with a mix of face-to-face days and online learning, or you can opt to study this course solely online. Students will be implementing practical strategies from day one, and assessment includes a combination of online quizzes, case studies and role plays


Nutrition Coach - Blended

Module 1: Nutrition for optimal health at every age

  • What is healthy eating?
  • Guidelines for an optimal diet
  • Foods for wellbeing
  • Nutrients for wellbeing
  • Do we need supplements?
  • Eating well at every age
  • Eating for specific dietary needs
  • Eating for specific conditions

Module 2: Nutrition for weight management

  • The obesity crisis
  • Body composition
  • Energy balance
  • The process of weight change
  • Appetite management
  • Guidelines for weight management
  • Which obesity treatments work?
  • Popular weight loss diets

Module 3: Nutrition for performance and muscle growth

  • Choosing your performance goals
  • Fuelling your active body
  • Nourishing your active body
  • Optimal hydration
  • Getting your protein right
  • Carbs give you energy
  • Fats and performance
  • Eating for a great performance
  • Eating to gain muscle
  • What to eat before and during exercise?
  • Recovery nutrition
  • Who needs sports performance supplements?

Module 4: Nutrition coaching skills and strategies

  • What is nutrition coaching?
  • Connecting with your client
  • Assessing eating habits
  • How clients change behaviour
  • Setting nutrition goals
  • Motivating a client to change
  • Delivering nutrition sessions
  • Monitoring nutrition targets
  • Dealing with challenges
  • Helping someone with disordered eating


Module 1: Nutrition and coaching essentials for optimal health 

  • Purpose of food
  • Australian Guide to Healthy Eating
  • Food myths
  • Religious differences
  • Macronutrients
  • Food groups
  • Nutrient Reference Values
  • Current state of Australians
  • Read and interpret food labels
  • Healthy cooking techniques
  • Pregnancy
  • Role and importance of supplements
  • Vegetarians
  • Food intolerances and allergies
  • Identify specific needs of chronic disease
  • Introduction to nutrition coaching
  • Scope of practice
  • Connect with your client
  • Client's previous experiences
  • Identify unhealthy behaviours
  • Evaluate if client is ready for change
  • Tailor your approach

Module 2: Nutrition and motivational change for weight management

  • Obesity and body composition
  • Healthy obesity
  • Drivers of weight gain
  • Energy balance
  • Process of weight change
  • Risks of rapid weight loss
  • Guidelines for weight management 
  • Set successful nutrition goals
  • Introduction to motivational interviewing
  • Motivational interviewing in practice
  • Recognise the impact of thoughts on behaviour
  • Boost motivation for change
  • Track nutrition change
  • Structure a nutrition coaching session
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Hunger and appetite
  • Cravings
  • Food addiction
  • Relapse
  • Stay accountable
  • Weight loss diets
  • Drugs and surgery for weight loss
  • Understanding disordered eating
  • Recognise impact on body image

Module 3: Nutrition for sports performance 

  • What is sports nutrition
  • The importance of a balanced diet
  • Role of protein
  • Role of carbohydrates
  • Importance of fluids, sweat and dehydration
  • Meet nutrient requirements for active people
  • Nutrition before, during and after performance
  • Goal setting, training cycles
  • Role of supplements

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Kristy Milson

"The Institute is the king pin of the industry and they only got there for one reason."

Kristy Milson

NSW Area Manager at Be Inspired PT (for Anytime Fitness)

Ready for the challenge?

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