The Art of Nutrition Coaching: Top 5 Lessons from Motivational Interviewing

by John Berardi |   Date Released : 02 Feb 2012
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John Berardi

About the author: John Berardi

Dr. John Berardi has been recognized as one of the top exercise nutrition experts in the world. His work has been published in numerous textbooks, peer-reviewed academic journals, and in countless popular exercise and nutrition books and magazines.

Through his company, Precision Nutrition, Dr. Berardi has worked with over 60,000 clients in over 100 countries. These clients range from recreational exercisers all the way up to the athletic elite, including: The Cleveland Browns, The Toronto Maple Leafs, The Texas Longhorns, Canada’s Olympic Ski Teams, Canada’s Olympic Bobsleigh and Skeleton Racers, World Champion UFC Fighters, Canada’s Olympic Speed Skaters, and more.

Dr. Berardi has also created the highly acclaimed Precision Nutrition Certification program, a sport and exercise nutrition mentorship program designed exclusively for elite fitness professionals. To learn more, visit Dr. Berardi’s web site and take his free “Essentials of Nutrition Coaching” video course.

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Mick, Kyle | 08 Jul 2016, 22:27 PM

"...every client already has the reasons and abilities to change within themselves. That all they need is a safe place to consider change. A caring, attentive coach to gently guide them in envisioning a better future."
This is 110% correct. I truly believe everyone WANTS to be healthy, but struggle with balancing all the other elements in their life and are forced to opt for convenience - which destroys the psyche and begins a downward spiral that requires a health coach to pull them out. The fact of the matter is, everyone responds to motivation differently: some people need a drill sergeant that criticizes them for not sticking to a program, while some people need positive affirmation to believe they can do better. There's a nutrition coach in Salem, Oregon ( that is able to tailor programs to each person's situation because he's been through the process of re-evaluating and changing his own lifestyle for the better. So he's more of a shoulder to lean on, than a master whipping people into shape - and I think that's a much more effective approach indeed.

Chadwick, Kristin | 21 Jul 2012, 12:19 PM

Thank you for this article! Looking back over my experience in "training" my clients or should I now say, "back tracking" my clients, this was humbling and yet so motivating to read this book. Thanks!

Phillips, Aaron | 15 May 2012, 14:52 PM

I found that you have hit the nail on the head with nutrition. I run a home personal training company called FitStart and the emphasis is always on the PT to get results but any PT truly knows it's 90% client, 10% PT.

Good reading, thanks

Slade, Corey | 01 Mar 2012, 00:47 AM

I think many coaches have experienced these issues & could well learn from your wise counsell

Standell, Paul | 08 Feb 2012, 15:27 PM

Thanks for the viewpoint, great article that has an actual application with it. Really enjoy your work!

Sakevich, Aaron | 03 Feb 2012, 20:59 PM

Sweet sales pitch... filled with fluff.

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