When choos­ing a pro­fes­sion­al to help you, it is impor­tant to know what to look for.

Have you decid­ed to start mon­i­tor­ing your nutri­tion, learn­ing to under­stand ener­gy metab­o­lism, mak­ing friends with macronu­tri­ents and calo­ries?

At the first stage, it will be very use­ful to find a nutri­tion spe­cial­ist, a nutri­tion­al men­tor who will help you take the first steps on a long and inter­est­ing path to strength­en­ing your health.

How to choose a nutri­tion coach?

But the ques­tion aris­es — if you your­self are not yet very well versed in the new sci­ence of nutri­tion, then how to choose your coach in this direc­tion? Undoubt­ed­ly, ver­i­fied rec­om­men­da­tions from friends, diplo­mas and work expe­ri­ence will help. This data will help form a first impres­sion of the pro­fes­sion­al­ism of your can­di­date for the role of a per­son who will help you under­stand your knowl­edge and eat­ing habits.

For our part, we will help you with a set of “red flags” that will help you make your choice. Talk to a nutri­tion­ist, ask­ing ques­tions that we will now voice. And lis­ten care­ful­ly to the answers. This test­ing will most like­ly help you draw a con­clu­sion about the seri­ous­ness of your future mentor’s sci­en­tif­ic train­ing.

7 signs of a good nutri­tion­ist

So, if a nutri­tion­ist claims any of the fol­low­ing points, then it is bet­ter to refuse his ser­vices:

  • Divides foods into good and bad

It is not food itself that cre­ates or sup­ports emo­tions, but the mean­ing that we give it. If you feel guilty after eat­ing a scoop of ice cream, you may believe that it is what makes you feel bad. But if you allow your­self to enjoy the deli­cious, cool­ing taste of this won­der­ful prod­uct, then you will nev­er again think of call­ing ice cream a bad prod­uct and feel­ing remorse for enjoy­ing its taste.

  • Forces you to remove entire food groups from your diet

This approach can remove micronu­tri­ents from your diet that are vital to keep­ing your body healthy. Psy­cho­log­i­cal­ly, it can cause feel­ings of depri­va­tion, pun­ish­ment, or overeat­ing. The key to health lies in a var­ied and bal­anced diet.

  • Promis­es quick results

This approach will most like­ly take you some­where com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent from where you want to go. Obtain­ing and con­sol­i­dat­ing knowl­edge, form­ing new eat­ing habits, healthy weight loss — all this takes time. Fail­ure to under­stand this fact will lead you to dis­ap­point­ment and refusal to con­tin­ue work­ing on your­self when you do not see the quick and last­ing results that were promised.

  • Does­n’t under­stand the impor­tance of ener­gy bal­ance

The con­cept of bal­anc­ing your body’s ener­gy intake with your diet and your phys­i­cal activ­i­ty expen­di­ture sim­ply means that you will need to fig­ure out how to bal­ance your dai­ly amount of move­ment with your dai­ly caloric intake. If a nutri­tion coach makes a reser­va­tion that calo­ries are not impor­tant, or cites oth­er fac­tors as the rea­son for gain­ing excess weight, run away from him quick­ly and as far as pos­si­ble.

  • Does not sup­port his knowl­edge with evi­dence

We live in a time of acces­si­bil­i­ty of sci­en­tif­ic infor­ma­tion. You don’t need a men­tor who just voic­es hypothe­ses or begins his argu­ments with the phrase “it is believed that..” You need some­one who can crit­i­cal­ly eval­u­ate the results of the stud­ies or meta-analy­ses that he read­i­ly presents and try to eval­u­ate their con­clu­sions.

  • Makes you ashamed of the food you love

If a can­di­date for the posi­tion of your per­son­al nutri­tion­ist spoke neg­a­tive­ly about your favorite pota­toes or pop­corn, say good­bye to him. A true pro­fes­sion­al must work so that your favorite food def­i­nite­ly has a place in your diet. If he winces when you talk about tak­ing a sip of cold, sug­ar-free cola, you know what to do.

  • Sug­gests imme­di­ate­ly giv­ing up flour and sweets

The truth is that in nutri­tion­al sci­ence there is no sin­gle cor­rect approach to every­one using the same pat­terns. We are all dif­fer­ent, with dif­fer­ent food back­grounds, habits, foun­da­tions, phys­i­o­log­i­cal char­ac­ter­is­tics, and lifestyles. And a com­pe­tent spe­cial­ist should work with exact­ly this approach.

This is exact­ly the kind of pro­fes­sion­al nutri­tion­ist we want you to find!

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