As a nutrition consultant passionate about helping others live a healthier lifestyle, you stay on top of the latest trends so you can provide the best experience for your clients. Your expertise is second to none, but are you also staying on top of the apps and software to help you attract more clients and improve client relationships?
Engaging with the best nutrition tools will help you and your clients connect, set and track goals, and share information more easily, which will streamline your consulting business to increase revenues and generate more referrals.
Here are some options for apps you can use with clients that will benefit you—and them.
Nutrition and Food Tracking
One of the hardest parts of starting a healthy-living journey for clients is keeping tabs on everything they’re eating. As a nutrition consultant, it can be even harder having to remind a client to jot everything down. Luckily, there are countless apps for easy food tracking that will benefit your clients and streamline how you guide them on their journey.
Created by LIVESTRONG.COM, MyPlate offers a complete solution to nutrition and fitness tracking in an easy-to-use app. MyPlate’s free features include daily nutrition charts, custom weight and nutrition goal tracking, community support, customized shopping lists, personalized meal plans, daily motivation and tips, 30-minute workout programs, and so much more. Additionally, clients can export and print their account data to share with you so you can provide them additional guidance on food choices, fitness suggestions, and other ways to move toward a healthier life. This free app is available on iOS and Android devices.
With a bright and fun interface, LifeSum offers a huge food database for nutrition tracking, including a feature to scan barcodes to find the right food, as well as the ability to customize the app to 12 different diets. Clients can track their workouts and habits (e.g., eating more veggies, drinking more water) and peruse tons of healthy recipes to stay on track. LifeSum also connects directly to Apple Health, Google Fit, Android Health, Fitbit, Jawbone, and more for immediate and accurate tracking. Running on the premise that “what you can measure you can improve,” Lifesum is available on iOS and Android devices and offers free and premium options.
MyFitnessPal has one of the largest food databases, boasting more than 300 million items, plus a barcode scanner for more accurate tracking. You’ll be able to look at a downloadable report that gives a history of all meals and snacks, including macronutrients and calories. This makes it much easier to go over any changes with clients and to make specific suggestions about meal timing, food choices, and calorie intake. This app is available in free and premium versions on iOS and Android devices.
One of the hardest things for just about everyone is remembering to drink enough water, but as your clients begin adjusting their food intake and integrating fitness into their daily life, water intake becomes even more vital. WaterLogged is an app that offers customized tracking and personalized reminders, a graph of your water consumption, and more. The app is available on iOS and Android devices, and an in-app premium upgrade for $3.99 provides lifetime reminders and FitBit integration.
Substitutions and Shopping
For many of your clients, it can be confusing to know how to substitute foods they once ate with healthier options or ones that don’t trigger food allergies. For example, they may not know that there are substitutes for peanut butter that still give them plenty of nutty taste, but without the allergy concerns. Substitutions has more than 1,300 ingredients and swap-out suggestions that can be hugely helpful for modifying recipes based on dietary restrictions. You can reduce sodium, lower carbohydrate intake, go gluten-free, replace dairy, and even make spice substitutions. This app is available for iOS devices and costs $1.99.
Created by a team of registered dietitians, ShopWell helps clients learn which foods are right for them and how they eat. When you’re at the store, you can use the app’s barcode scanner to see the nutritional and health information for more than 350,000 products, including whether the food contains common allergens such as soy, sesame, dairy, or gluten. Your clients can also receive healthy eating suggestions by connecting their favorite grocery store loyalty or rewards cards.
Additionally, ShopWell allows your clients to specify health goals and conditions they want to manage. So, for example, if you have a pregnant client who wants to manage her anemia and a gluten allergy, the app can guide your client in what foods are best for her specific needs. ShopWell is free and available for download on iOS and Android devices.
Tools for Nutrition Consultants
Designed to help you better manage your client database and grow your nutrition consulting business, Nutrition House Software also emphasizes maintaining a one-on-one coaching experience so you don’t lose that personal touch. Nutrition House provides the framework to create intake forms, so each of your clients has a personal account—which he or she can access on any device. Clients can see their daily meal plan, recipes, and grocery lists, as well as provide feedback to you, rate recipes, view their weekly progress, and upload progress photos.
The software also allows you to streamline client communications and check-ins, create custom meal plans, easily calculate macronutrient goals, keep clients motivated, and more.
Apart from apps that clients can use, software can also be a major boost to your business, and a program like NutriAdmin gives you multiple functions within the same framework. This is useful for keeping all of your information in one place, rather than toggling to different apps that might not play well together.
NutriAdmin has customizable client profiles, client questionnaire forms, meal plan creation capability, online payment options, client reminders, and appointment scheduling. You can also produce reports that draw from client data, saving you time when you’re trying to compile information.
If you have other business functions in place and simply need a more streamlined way to book and track appointments, software such as AppointmentPlus can be fast and easy.
This software allows your clients to make their own appointments and change them when needed, freeing you from scheduling calls and emails. You can also use this software to accept payments, capture customer data, maintain multiple staff calendars, overlap appointments, create a waiting list, and handle other functions.
Looking to provide additional services, such as meal planning, to your clients? Evolution Nutrition makes it easy to scale up your nutrition and fitness consulting business and expand your offerings. With a mobile app and desktop functionality, this software lets you collaborate with clients from anywhere. Even better, Evolution Nutrition has a variety of membership options, whether you’re just starting out or need an enterprise solution to support a large number of clients.
What apps or software have you used to make running your nutrition consulting business easier and more valuable to clients?
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