How does the AFPA Nutrition and Wellness Consultant Certification Compare to ACE or NASM or other?
I am considering the AFPA Nutrition and Wellness Consultant Certification. I'm wondering if anyone has taken it or looked at it in detail. I recently saw that ACE and NASM have a certification in Nutrition and I'm wondering if I should rethink my choice before I pay my fees. I am a PT and will be expanding my offerings in two weeks to do Nutrition Consulting. I already have training but feel it would be best to broaden and deepen my knowledge base. Having another Cert is what I am planning to do to improve my skills. I have done some Wellness Coach training and it looks like Coaching is one of the best ways to help clients succeed. Any ideas on direction? I would appreciate your input.
I am currently studying for the NASM Fitness Nutrition Specialist certification and have already been an ACE Lifestyle and Weight Management Coach for many years.
I have chosen to do so to have more in-depth knowledge about nutrition for my personal edification. And the NASM textbook goes into every nook and cranny of the science of nutrition.
However, you are already making the point in your own comments. Knowing what the liver, pancreas and mitochondria do is interesting but it does not help anybody to lose weight. I believe that the focus needs to be on helping people changing the way they approach food. I rarely met somebody who wants to lose weight who has not yet heard of a negative energy balance or who does not know that you ultimately need to eat less while moving more at the same time. I go as far as saying that people even know that celebrity diets do not work on the long run; they just hope against hope.
You may feel - as I do - that a nutrition certification is a valuable resumé item. It is my personal belief, though, that the coaching part is where you can truly help. It is also a venue where you do not march into the gray zone of what type of nutrition consulting you may or may not do.
When you say you are a PT do you mean a Physical Therapist? or Personal Trainer?