It took me a little while, but I finally did it. I can now proudly say that I am a Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified nutritionist. What does that mean? It means I spent a lot of time studying my butt off to earn an online nutrition certification by one of the most highly-regarded nutrition coaching companies online.
What is Precision Nutrition?
Precision Nutrition is on of the world’s largest and extensive online nutrition certification companies. They offer Level 1 and Level 2 nutrition certifications as well as online nutrition software. The program contains 20+ years experience from people ranging from Olympic gold medalists, to NFL, NBA, UFC, and NHL athletes, to recreational exercisers. The program is a culmination of Masters and PhD courses including data they have collected, and published research.
Am I a Nutritionist or a Dietician?
This is a question I see a lot and thought I would address it here. A nutritionist and a dietician are not the same.
A registered dietician is a clinical professional who has earned a degree through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. They can work in clinical fields and are allowed to give diet advice in order to treat illness.
The term “nutritionist” is not licensed or regulated. Essentially, anyone who has some kind of certification or college accreditation can call themselves a nutritionist. All dietitians can be called nutritionists, but not all nutritionists are dietitians.
This is why I recommend that people be cautious when choosing a nutritionist as a source for bettering their own nutritional habits, because nutritionists are not allowed to dispense diet advice in order to treat illness. A lot of online nutritionists think they are allowed to give medical advice, but this really isn’t a good practice. So beware!
Why Did I Chose PN?
While I feel that there are some topics within the program that could further examine our problematic “diet culture” and how that relates to creating better nutrition habits, I do feel that this course offers a lot of really good, evidence-based information. This course promotes the examination of energy intake and expenditure, macronutrient percentages, eating according to body type, meal timing, and the discussion of behavior-based goals vs. outcome-based goals, plus a ton of other really interesting topics. I feel that a lot of this can apply to the people I work with, so I decided to enroll and get certified.
If you are interested in enrolling in Precision Nutrition’s Level 1 certification like I did, visit this link to learn about their pre-sale discounts and their next enrollment period.