Congratulations! You have made a great decision to work with a nutrition coach and start a journey to improve your nutrition long term. You know that nutrition plays a big role with your progress and overall health. You know that without having a balanced diet you could be neutralizing all the hard work you are putting in the gym.
What you may not know is how to get the most out of your nutrition coaching. One of the first things to remember is to be realistic with your goal and what you are willing to do. It is very difficult to go from prepping very little or none at all to prepping everything for an entire week. You should think about making small improvements to what you are currently doing in order to prevent burnout or being overwhelmed. Your nutrition coach doesn’t want to overload you with too much information or with difficult action steps which is why you may not get a meal plan in the beginning. Your nutrition coach could just give you a few things to work on right away, like increasing veggies, drinking more water, and decreasing sugary drinks.
The next thing is to ask for help when you need it! Feeling lost or confused is not something you have to just deal with because you don’t want to bug your nutrition coach. One of the main reasons we have the HSN app is for you to directly communicate with your nutrition coach and allow them to respond to your questions/concerns as soon as they are able. You always have the option of asking the group as well- most of them are going through the same thing or have been there and can help, so ask away!
The absolute MOST important way to get the maximum benefit from your nutrition coach is through honesty and full disclosure. Tell your coach about your sweet tooth, how much alcohol you drink , the number of sugar packets that go in your coffee, how often you are eating pizza, and how you feel about meal prepping. Your nutrition coach isn’t put in that role to judge or criticize you, but to help take where you are and suggest small steps towards better habits and food quality. If you are at the stage where you are logging your food, be sure to log everything (even the two hershey kisses you snuck in at work), just because you don’t log it doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. Without knowing exactly what you are putting in your body it can be very difficult to help guide you in making small improvements.
You made the right decision to start working with our nutrition coach so be sure to take full advantage of the opportunity. You want to reach your long term goal so be honest about what you are consuming and open to making small changes that you know you can stick with. Remember it doesn’t take one day to gain a bunch of weight or to establish bad habits so it will not take one day to get it off or establish good habits.