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Weight Loss Consultant


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Obesity amongst children is increasing, and that is a frightening thought. Because obese children who don't get a handle on their weight can end up as overweight or obese adults, and that can lead to problems like heart disease, depression, diabetes, low self esteem and stroke.

Weight loss consultants work with weight loss clinics, and advise people who are struggling with their weight about healthy choices in their day-to-day lives. Weight loss consultants advise dangerously obese people as well as healthy people who are looking to shed a few pounds. They meet with them in comfortable offices, and outline a plan of action in order for them to best help the client achieve the desired goals.

Some weight loss consultants are part of a team of established commercial consultants, like Weight Watchers. These companies train their staff in the company's weight loss methodology and philosophies, and they apply this information and techniques to their clients. Other weight loss consultants are trained nutritionists, naturopaths, or nurses, who work with a medical clinic or independently, advising people on weight loss by tailoring programs to their individual needs and lifestyle.

Regardless of where or how they work, all weight loss consultants are determined to help each client attain his or her goal weight. They advise on diet, exercise, and other ways to rid the body of unwanted fat. They meet individually with clients, they host group counseling sessions, and they motivate and inspire the clients who are tired of struggling and are looking for results.
 
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  Interests and Skills  
Interested in working as a weight loss consultant? These individuals should be interested in working with others and have excellent communication skills. They should be trustworthy, honest and sensitive to others. They should be able to motivate people and have a knack for helping people feel better about themselves.
 

  Typical Tasks  
  • Meet individually with clients to assess weight-loss goal
  • Keep records of clients' progress
  • Advise clients on diet and exercise techniques
  • Demonstrate exercise equipment
  • Host regular group sessions to discuss process and problems
  • Perform any necessary administrative duties
  • The typical day for a weight loss consultant involves meeting with clients individually and in groups, discussing lifestyle choices, diet and exercise options, and self-esteem building exercise. They keep good records of each client's progress, and let them know how they are progressing or regressing over the course of the program. Weight loss consultants do not get to travel much, unless meetings are held away from the office. They work regular hours, but may be required to be available on weekends and in the evening, when their clients are free for meetings and group consultations.

  Workplaces, Employers and Industries  
  • Weight loss consultants work in private weight loss clinics, franchised clinics, health clubs, spas, and with hospitals and doctors' offices. They may also head up their own weight loss consulting business.

  Long Term Career Potential  
A weight loss consultant can go on to become a supervisor, manager, or head up an established weight loss program, or they can go on to open up their own weight loss consulting business. They can work with hospitals, natural health clinics, or doctors' offices. Some return to school and train to become dieticians, nurses, counselors, doctors, or even find work as fitness instructors and consultants.
 

  Educational Paths  
There is no specific route to take if you want to work as a weight loss consultant, but some education in nutrition, management, counseling, psychology, biology, or physical education would be recommended. Some large weight loss consultation companies train their consultants in their organizations' philosophies, theories, and practices.
 

Sources:
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2002, http://www.bls.gov/oes/2002/oes_nat.htm

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