Sports Nutrition Consultant


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Take your career to the next level. Study the exciting field of Sports Nutrition while also focusing on becoming a Nutritional Consultant. You’ll be introduced to the functions of these nutrients, proper dietary intakes, and how they affect your body. Our program will give students the training they need to work with clients of all ages, backgrounds, and fitness levels.

Sports Nutrition

The exciting field of sports nutrition combines the sciences of nutrition and exercise physiology. Our Sports Nutrition course takes a personalized approach that guides you through the elements of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, minerals, vitamins, and fluids using case studies and practical applications for working with athletes. You’ll be introduced to the functions of these nutrients, proper dietary intakes, and how they affect your body. Proper nutrition is vital to the overall athletic performance and experience. To get a job in the sports nutrition field, you need to understand current guidelines, emerging research, and be able to apply knowledge to athletes of all ages. This course will meet those needs by using the most up to date information and tools.

Nutritional Consultant

Although many people understand the importance of healthy nutrition habits and good fitness patterns, it is sometimes hard to accomplish goals on their own. A nutritional consultant can help clients adopt a healthy lifestyle.  Our nutritional consultant training provides students with an exploration of how food nutrition contributes to the prevention of illness and the promotion of optimal health. Students will identify how to conduct in-depth diet and lifestyle evaluations and create food plans customized to each individual’s taste, temperament, and health goals. The fundamentals of whole food nutrition, digestive physiology, metabolism, nutritional biochemistry, and current research are presented.  Additionally, students will discover how healthy nutrition habits are used in the food industry. Our Nutritional Consultant course will give students the training they need to work with clients of all ages, backgrounds, and fitness levels.

Prerequisite(s): None

** Course Subject to Change.

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Type quickly and correctly
  • Identify the transcription format for civil litigation
  • Identify the transcription format for probates
  • Identify the transcription format for family law
  • Identify the transcription format for legal instruments

Sports Nutrition

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Recall the importance of basic nutrients, the effects on our bodies, and energy systems
  • Identify the functions of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, and fluids to overall body composition
  • Recognize the fundamentals of nutritional ergogenics, weight management, and endurance
  • Differentiate between strength/power athletes, team sports athletes, and types of consultations
  • Recall how to work with special populations and potential jobs in sports nutrition

Nutritional Consultant

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Define national dietary guidelines and recommendations 
  • Recall the role of various foods, vitamins, minerals and their impact on the body
  • Identify how nutrition aids in daily functioning and health
  • Recognize nutritional needs throughout human development
  • Describe methods for achieving optimal health

Sports Nutrition

Sports Nutrition Module 1  
Basic Nutrients

  • Why Study Sports Nutrition?
  • How Does the Body Produce Energy?
  • Dietary Reference Intakes
  • Enriched and Fortified Foods
  • Basic Nutrition Guidelines
  • How are Carbs Digested?
  • How are Fats Digested?
  • How are Proteins Digested?
  • What is Energy?
  • Cells and ATP
  • Three Energy Systems

Sports Nutrition Module 2    
Carbohydrates and Fats

  • How are Carbohydrates Classified?
  • Functions of Carbohydrates
  • Sources of Dietary Carbohydrates
  • Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load
  • How are Lipids (Fats) Classified?
  • Which Foods Contain Fat?
  • Cholesterol
  • Fats Affect Daily Training and Competitive Performance
  • How Much Fat Should be Consumed?

Sports Nutrition Module 3   
Proteins and Vitamins

  • Main Functions of Proteins
  • Nitrogen Balance
  • Daily Protein Consumption
  • Foods with Protein
  • Benefits of Protein Supplements
  • Why is Protein Essential for Daily Training?
  • Water-Soluble Vitamins
  • Fat-Soluble Vitamins
  • Antioxidant Properties
  • What are Phytochemicals?

Sports Nutrition Module 4 
Minerals and Water

  • What are Major Minerals?
  • What are Trace Minerals?
  • Consequences of Poor Water Balance
  • How Much Fluid do Individuals Need?
  • Pre-exercise Hydration
  • Hydration During Exercise
  • Post-exercise Hydration

Sports Nutrition Module 5 
Nutritional Ergogenics and Consultation

  • What is Ergogenic Aid?
  • What are Dietary Supplements?
  • What is Doping?
  • Commonly Encountered Doping Substances
  • Diet History
  • How are Food Records Analyzed?
  • Steps for Initial Consultation with Athletes
  • Walk-In and Short-Sessions

Sports Nutrition Module 6
Weight Management and Endurance

  • Prevalence and Significance of Overweight and Obesity
  • Methods for Weight Status
  • Body Composition
  • Energy Intake
  • Methods for Losing Weight
  • Ultra-Endurance Athletes
  • Differing Protein Needs
  • Are Fluids Critical to Endurance Performance?

Sports Nutrition Module 7
Strength/Power Athletes and Team Sport Athletes

  • Calorie Needs for Strength/Power Athletes
  • Are Carbs and Protein Needs Different for Strength/Power Athletes?
  • Are Minerals, Vitamins, Fluid Needs Different for Strength/Power Athletes?
  • Energy Systems Utilized During Team Sports
  • Are Carbs and Protein Needs Different for Team Sport Athletes?
  • Are Minerals, Vitamins, Fluid Needs Different for Team Sport Athletes?
  • Meal Planning/Event Logistics

Sports Nutrition Module 8
Special Population and Jobs in Sports Nutrition

  • Special Considerations for Diabetes
  • Special Considerations for Pregnancy
  • Special Considerations for Child and Teen Athletes
  • Special Considerations for College Athletes
  • Special Considerations for Masters Athletes
  • Special Considerations for Vegetarians
  • Registered Dietitian
  • Licensures
  • Potential Job Markets in Sports Nutrition

Nutritional Consultant

Nutritional Consultant Module 1
Nutrition and You

  • Defining Nutrition, Health, and Disease
  • What Are Nutrients?
  • The Broad Role of Nutritional Science
  • Health Factors and Their Impact
  • Assessing Personal Health
  • Sustainable Food Systems

Nutritional Consultant Module 2
Achieving a Healthy Diet

  • A Healthy Philosophy Towards Food
  • Nutritional Balance and Moderation
  • Dietary Guidelines
  • National Goals for Nutrition and Health
  • Recommendations for Optimal Health
  • Understanding Dietary Reference Intakes
  • Nutrition and Media

Nutritional Consultant Module 3
Nutrition and the Human Body

  • The Cell
  • Digestion and Absorption
  • Nutrients Are Essential for Organ Function
  • Energy and Calories
  • Digestion and Absorption Disorders

Nutritional Consultant Module 4

  • Digestion and Absorption of Carbohydrates
  • Functions of Carbohydrates in the Body
  • Diabetes
  • Health Consequences and Benefits of High-Carbohydrate Diets
  • Personal Diet Choices
  • Attributes of Carbohydrates
  • Sugar Substitutes

Nutritional Consultant Module 5   

  • What are Lipids?
  • How Lipids Work
  • Digestion and Absorption of Lipids
  • Understanding Blood Cholesterol
  • Balancing Your Diet with Lipids
  • Lipids and the Food Industry
  • Lipids and Disease

Nutritional Consultant Module 6

  • Defining Protein
  • The Role of Proteins in Foods: Cooking and Denaturation
  • The Many Different Types of Proteins
  • Protein Digestion and Absorption
  • Protein Functions in the Body
  • Diseases Involving Proteins
  • Proteins, Diets and Personal Choices 

Nutritional Consultant Module 7
Nutrients Important to Fluid and Electrolyte Balance

  • Water’s Importance to Vitality
  • Regulation of Water Balance
  • Electrolytes Important for Fluid Balance
  • Consequences of Deficiency or Excess
  • Water Concerns
  • Popular Beverage Choices

Nutritional Consultant Module 8
Nutrients Important as Antioxidants

  • Generation of Free Radicals in the Body
  • The Atom
  • The Body’s Defense
  • The Body’s Offense
  • Oxidative Stress
  • Antioxidant Micronutrients
  • Antioxidant Vitamins
  • The Whole Nutrient Package vs. Disease

Nutritional Consultant Module 9
Nutrients Important for Bone Health

  • Bone Structure and Function
  • Bone Mineral Density
  • Micronutrients Essential for Bone Health: Calcium and Vitamin D
  • Phosphorous, Magnesium, Fluoride and Vitamin K
  • Osteoporosis and Risk Factors
  • Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment
  • Deficiency, Supplementation and Choices

Nutritional Consultant Module 10
Nutrients Important for Metabolism and Blood Function

  • Blood’s Function in the Body and in Metabolism Support
  • Metabolism Overview
  • Catabolism: The Breakdown
  • Vitamins for Metabolism, Blood Function and Renewal
  • Minerals for Metabolism, Blood Function and Renewal
  • Iron-Deficiency Anemia

Nutritional Consultant Module 11
Energy Balance and Body Weight

  • Body Mass Index
  • Body Fat Content
  • Fat Distribution
  • Balancing Energy Input with Energy Output
  • Factors Affecting Energy Intake
  • Too Little or Too Much Weight
  • Dietary, Behavioral and Physical Activity Recommendations 

Nutritional Consultant Module 12
From Pregnancy to the Toddler Years

  • The Human Life Cycle
  • Changes During Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy and Nutrition
  • Eating During Pregnancy
  • Infancy and Nutrition
  • Nutrition in the Toddler Years 

Nutritional Consultant Module 13
From Childhood to the Elderly Years

  • The Human Life Cycle Continues
  • Childhood and Nutrition
  • Puberty and Nutrition
  • Children and Malnutrition
  • Older Adolescence and Nutrition
  • Middle Age and Nutrition
  • Old Age and Nutrition

Nutritional Consultant Module 14
Nutrition and Society: Food Politics and Perspectives

  • Historical Perspectives on Food
  • The Food Industry
  • The Politics of Food
  • Food Cost and Inflation
  • The Issue of Food Security
  • Nutrition and Your Health
  • Diets Around the World 

Nutritional Consultant Module 15
Achieving Optimal Health: Wellness and Nutrition

  • Diet Trends and Health
  • Fitness and Health
  • Threats to Health
  • Food Supplements and Food Replacements
  • Foodborne Illness and Food Safety
  • Start Your Sustainable Future Today
  • Careers in Nutrition 

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Ed4Career is committed to being both environmentally conscious and making it easier for you to study! We’re making your education mobile! All of our textbooks are now provided as eTextbooks*. You can access them on your laptop, tablet, or mobile device and can study anytime, anywhere.

The move away from physical books to eTextbooks means you get the latest, most up-to-date version available. This also makes your training more accessible, so you can study anywhere you have your phone or tablet. The best part is that all materials are included in your training cost so there are NO extra fees for books!**

*A few courses still have physical materials.

Nutritional Consultant

Upon successful completion of our Nutritional Consultant course, students will be prepared for an entry-level position as a nutritional coach and will be prepared to sit for the NCCB national certification exam to become a Certified Nutritional Coach (CNC).

** Certification exams are not included in the cost of the course.**

 International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)

Ed4Career has been approved as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, Ed4Career has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of the Accredited Provider status, Ed4Career is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for courses and programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) was created by IACET as a measurement of continuing education. One (1) IACET CEU is equal to ten (10) contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction. Under IACET's care, the IACET CEU has evolved from a quantitative measure to a hallmark of quality training and instruction. For more information on IACET, visit

Internet Connection

  • Broadband or High-Speed - DSL, Cable, and Wireless Connections

*Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Classroom pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.

Hardware Requirements

  • Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher
  • Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended


PC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Windows 7 or higher
  • Microsoft Office 2013 or higher. Also, you could use a general Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers - Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • The Kindle Reader App or VitalSource Bookshelf App are needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • QuickTime, Windows Media Player &/or Real Player


MAC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Mac OS x 10 or higher with Windows
  • Mac office programs or a Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers- Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • The Kindle Reader App or VitalSource Bookshelf App are needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Apple QuickTime Media Player


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900 West Orman Avenue
Pueblo, CO 81004
United States
Phone: 727-824-7800 ext. 8

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