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Food Coaching 100 Hours Certificate Course
Learn About Food Coaching
Food Coaching Course Online: Learn how to advise others on good nutrition and healthy eating.
Food Coaches build up a picture of their clients' needs and help them to develop a well balanced diet to achieve weight loss or weight gain goals. Acting as your clients' personal health coach, you can encourage them in their weight management challenges, by for example:suggesting clean foods for a more healthy lifestyle. Good diet is a crucial element to healthy living and so clean food, free of additives and consumed as nature intended is an excellent lifestyle approach to good nutrition.
- What are the professional standards expected in food coaching?
- How do you advise on appropriate diets for: Chronic Conditions such as Cancer, Diabetes and HIV-Aids? Obesity? Anorexia Nervosa? Children? Adults and Seniors?
- How do you manage and adapt to your clients needs?
- How do you manage your own Food Coaching business?
This course delves deeply into these and other aspects of food coaching and is ideal for those working as, or wishing to work as:
- Weight Loss and Weight Gain Consultants
- Nutritional Advisers and Counsellors
- Psychologists dealing with food based mental health issues
- Doctors, Nurses, Social Workers etc. dealing with patients requiring special dietary requirements, or with chronic illeness
- Life Coaches
- Gym and Sports Coaches
- Parents and Partners of those who need to be coached in adapting to a better diet
Lesson Structure: Food Coaching VRE110
1 Scope and Nature of Food Coaching
- What is Food Coaching?
- Why is Food Coaching Necessary?
- Meeting With Clients: The Initial Interview
- Building Rapport
- The Consulting Room
- Information Gathering
- Goal Setting
- Assessing Current Diet & Lifestyle
- Healthy Diet
- Food Pyramids
- Food Plates
- Benefits of a Healthy Diet
- Frequency of Eating
- Serving Sizes
- Use of Supplements
2 Professional Standards for Food Coaching
- A Code of Ethics
- Ethics in Food Coaching
- Informed Consent
- Making Ethical Decisions
- A Guideline for Making Ethical Decisions
- What You Can and Cannot Do
- Keeping Records
- Ethics When Working as a Food Coach in a Larger Business
- Health and Safety
- Occupational Health and Safety Responsibilities
3 Diets for Chronic Conditions
- Benefits of Special Diets
- Dietary Considerations for Some Chronic Conditions
- Celiac/Coeliac Disease
- Understanding Different Types Of Special Diet
- Dairy Free Diet
- Vegetarian Diets
- Raw Vegan Diet
- Macrobiotic Diet
- What do we mean by being overweight?
- Measuring Body Fat
- Body Fat Percentage
- Measurement Techniques
- Skin-fold Method
- Waist to Height Ratio
- Health Risks Of Overeating
- Secondary Complications
- Psychological Complications
- Treatment For Obesity
- Psychological Theories Of Overeating
- Psychological Reasons Why People Overeat
- Binge Eating
- Weight Loss Plans
5 Poor Nutrition Diets
- NotEating Enough
- Typical Case Study
- Poor Quality Diet
- Eating Disorders Associated With Weight Loss
- Causes Of Eating Disorders
- Anorexia Nervosa
- Bulimia Nervosa
6 Food Coaching Adults and Seniors
- General Dietary Requirements for Adults
- Case Study
- Pregnant women
- Age-related Illnesses and Nutrition
- General Nutrition Plans for Adults
7 Food Coaching for Children
- Law & Ethics and Children's Food Coaching
- Protection for Coaches
- Involvement of the Parents or Caregivers
- Strategies for encouraging healthy eating in children
- Family and Friends
- General Nutritional Requirements of Children
- Food Groups – What Children Need?
- Developing a nutrition plan for children
- Nutritional Disorders In Children
- Obesity in children
- Underweight Children
8 Lifestyle Changes
- Ways To Encourage Lifestyle Change
- Motivational Interviewing
- Strategies to Elicit Change
- Stages of MI Interview Session
- Lifestyle Diary
9 Moving On
- Assessing Client Progress
- Regular meetings/reviews (how often)
- Changing plans as the person changes
- Evaluation of the plan
- Ongoing Support
10 Managing Your Food Coaching Service
- Meeting Clients
- Where to Meet Clients
- Own safety
- Importance Of Marketing
- Slideshow for Conferences, Meetings
- Video Demonstrations
- Glossy Brochures
- Cold Calling Businesses
- Social Media
- Setting Fees
Learning Goals: Food Coaching VRE110
- To explain the scope and nature of food coaching and what is meant by a healthy diet.
- To explain why food coaches should abide by a professional code, and what the legal and ethical standards are.
- To understand different types of special diet for chronic conditions and their benefits to clients, as well as a range of other special diets and their impact on health.
- To discuss what is meant by overeating, its health implications, and how to develop plans to control or reduce weight.
- To describe what diets are considered unhealthy for a range of different body types.
- To understand general nutrition requirements of adults and seniors, and to discuss possible coaching strategies for working with adults, seniors and carers
- To understand general nutrition requirements of children, and to discuss possible coaching strategies for working with children and their parents or other caregivers
- To explain the importance of changes in lifestyle to improve the benefit of food coaching.
- To explain how the client will move on after food coaching has ended
- Explain how to organise, market and manage a food coaching service
Practical (Set Tasks)
Many of us overeat from time to time, e.g. at a dinner party or social function, and it is not necessarily a problem. However, overeating can be a problem for some people particularly when it is used to derive comfort form food to overcome depression or feelings of sadness. Overeating can also be symptom of an eating disorder such as bulimia, where it is followed by episodes of purging to rid the body of the food.
Overeating can be defined as consuming more energy than we need. If we overeat over a long period, then we have excess calories which are not burnt and it results in weight gain.
What do we mean by being overweight?
What is considered overweight can vary across cultures. Therefore, it is difficult to have universal agreement on what is overweight. Mostly we think of being overweight as having excess body fat. However, we all need some fat for our bodies to function normally. Fat is used as an energy store and to insulate us against cold. It also plays a role in the functioning of different bodily systems such as the endocrine system (hormones), reproductive system, and immune system.
A general definition of being overweight could be having more body fat than is considered healthy. Although being overweight is not the same as being obese, it does expose people to similar health risks albeit to a lesser degree.
Measuring Body Fat
One of the most widely used ways of measuring body fat is through a person's body mass index, commonly referred to as BMI. The BMI is an attempt to measure body bass i.e. muscle, bone and fat.
BMI is determined using a formula based on an individual's weight and height.
Body Mass Index = Body Weight(kg) divided by Height (m2)
BMI is related to body composition. It is really a measure of how thick or thin a person is and is based on average people with average body composition. For these people a BMI of 18.5 to 25 would be considered normal. Below 18.5 is underweight and above 25 is overweight, with various categories of overweight and underweight specified as you can see in the following table.
Table: Standard BMI Categories & Values
Very severely underweight
Normal (healthy weight)
Obese Class I (Moderately obese)
Obese Class II (Severely obese)
Obese Class III (Very severely obese)
Using the formula above, let's say a man weighs 104 kg and is 183 cm tall. His BMI is calculated as 104 kg divided by 1.832 (= 3.349). He would have a BMI of 104/3.35 = 31 kg per m2. He would therefore be considered moderately obese.
The BMI, whilst widely used, does have its drawbacks. For instance, it is more accurate when applied to uncovering obesity levels in large populations rather than individuals. At the individual level, the BMI does not scale up well. Taller people are not simply scaled up versions of smaller people, so some taller people can end up with a BMI which is considerably higher than their actual body fat percentage. As such, if taken literally BMI scores can result in some shorter people thinking they are thinner than they are, and some taller people may thinking they are fatter than they actually are.
BMI also fails to recognise physical variables such as whether a person of a given height has a large, medium or small body frame. Therefore, the BMI of a person with a small frame could indicate that they are normal weight for their height whereas the reality is that they could be overweight. Similarly, a tall person with a large frame could have a BMI score which suggests they are overweight, but the reality is they are quite normal.
Furthermore, the BMI does not distinguish between muscle and fat mass. Therefore, athletes and others who have a muscular body build could end up with a high BMI and fall into a category which is clearly untrue.
Overall, BMI provides a better estimate of obesity than body weight and it can provide a good starting point for helping to determine whether someone has a weight problem. Generally, it is more helpful when combined with other measures, like waist to height ratio or waist to hip ratio, and some common sense is used in interpreting the findings.
Body Fat Percentage
Body fat percentage (BFP) gives a much better idea of how overweight (or underweight) an individual might be compared to BMI. The body fat percentage can be regarded as a measure of a person’s fitness. It is the only body measurement which calculates a person's relative body composition without using their height or weight.
The BFP is calculated as the total mass of fat divided by the total body mass. Body fat includes both essential body fat and stored body fat.
- Essential body fat - this is necessary to maintain life and reproductive functions.
- Storage body fat - this is fat which is deposited in adipose tissue. Some of it serves to protect internal organs.
The percentage of fat in the body needed for healthy functioning is more than simply the essential body fat since some storage fat is needed. However, there is some disagreement about how much fat is needed. Generally speaking, essential fat is thought to be the level below which there are likely to be adverse effects on physical and physiological wellbeing. But, it is difficult to give general guidelines. Because although a particular value might be good for a person’s health it can also affect their athletic performance.
Assessment is based on a combination of completing all assignments and sitting for a final short one and a half hour exam, in your own location.
If you don’t cope well with exams then you may elect to undertake a project instead. This is a popular option.
In addition, most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson placed before the assignment. This is an opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge and skills and practical experience. This ADL feature is an added bonus not found at most online schools. Set Tasks are not required for assessment.
Some courses also have optional Self-Tests which are available on our online learning platform. These are not available by correspondence or by USB, and do not form part of your overall grade.
How our courses work
- Choose Your Learning Method
You choose how you would like to receive your course material, i.e., Online, USB or Correspondence. The choice is yours. You may also work on online or offline.
- Tutor Allocation
Every student is assigned their own dedicated tutor who is an expert in their subject area. They provide as much or as little individual contact as you require. You can contact your tutor whenever you need – your hours are not limited.
- Feedback and Assignments
Tutor Feedback is an essential component in helping you understand the subject matter. Tutor feedback is given in the form of notes written on the assignment. We encourage you to contact your Tutor where help with clarification and understanding of course material may be required.
Your assignments are located at the end of each lesson. You submit them for marking whenever you are ready. There is no time limit.
- Set Tasks and Self-Tests
Most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson before for the assignment. This is where you get the opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge, skills and practical experience. Many modules also have short Self-Tests.
Once all assignments have been completed you may then elect to sit for a one and half hour exam in your own location. If you prefer not to take the exam you do have the option to undertake a project instead.
Once the exam or project part of the course is completed, your Certificate is then processed. Please allow approximately 4 weeks for this.
- Design Your Own Qualification
ADL offers students the flexibility to self-design their own qualification – bundling together a combination of 100-hour modules into a qualification higher than a certificate.
What your tuition fees include
- All Course Material via Online, USB or Correspondence
- Assignments Marked
- Professional Tutor Feedback
- Set Tasks - Practical Exercises to help you develop skills
- Self-Tests – multiple choice questions at the end of lessons in most modules
- Unlimited Personal Tutor Support – via our student classroom
- Committed and Friendly Admin Support – vital to your success
- ADL Ebook where relevant
- All ADL Exam or Project fees (exception RHS exams)
- Qualification Certificate
- Official Transcript with assignment grades
- Student Manual
- Academic Writing course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Critical Thinking course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Job Seekers Careers Guide
- Study Tips on How To Study Better
- Career Counselling by ADL Staff
- CV Writing Help, Tips and Advice