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Certified Nutrition Coach Certification (NASM-CNC)

Help your clients create lasting nutrition habits for optimal health and wellness.

Become a NASM Certified Nutrition Coach

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.

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Course Highlights:

  • 1.9 NASM CEUs (CEU approved)

  • Written and reviewed by 20 leading experts

  • Learn on any device (smartphone, tablet, computer)

  • Digital learning platform:

  • 24 in-depth chapters

  • Comprehensive practice exam

  • Downloadable PDF of Textbook

  • Five-year unlimited access to online content

  • One-year exam expiration date

Our Certified Nutrition Coach Curriculum

Section 1: Nutritional 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 Preference and Influences Understand the effects of nutritional 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 macronutrient that many bodily functions depend on. Learn the structure and function of protein, total daily protein requirements, and methods for establishing protein requirements in a 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 physiological effects and methods for accommodating 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- or hyper-hydration and learn about proper hydration strategies. Chapter 12: Nutrient Timing Discover appropriate nutrient-timing strategies for performance and for altering body composition, as well as the role that nutrient timing plays within an overall nutrition strategy. Chapter 13: Supplements Understand the role of supplementation across various goals, explain the strength of the evidence base for commonly used supplements, and learn to communicate with clients about the pros and cons of supplementation. Section 2: Behavior Change 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 Personal Nutrition Coaches to communicate in a way that positively influences adherence to their programs. You'll identify strategies 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 obstacles 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 at 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 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 vicious 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.

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Why Become an NASM-CNC?

Backed by 40 years of experience, NASM can help you reach a whole new level of clients, earnings, and knowledge with the industry’s most sought-after nutrition program.

  • Customize a learning pace and cultivate an effective and enjoyable learning experience by utilizing NASM’s state-of-the-art digital learning platform.

  • Guide clients through nutrition solutions that address real-world problems such as, reading food labels and assessing portion sizes.

  • Create nutrition intervention programs that align with specific client needs and goals like calculating client caloric intake needs and macronutrient ratios.

  • Apply a systematic nutrition coaching approach for a variety of client case scenarios.

  • Leverage behavior change strategies for sustainable health, wellness, and weight-loss-related results.

  • Describe nutrition hot topics and diet options such as, GMOs, gluten-free, Paleo and Keto diets.

  • Become a trusted expert with an increase in clientele and income.

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