Precision Nutrition Coaching: Frequently Asked Questions. 

Precision Nutrition Coaching: Transform your body, your health, and your fitness.
Frequently Asked Questions.

By John Berardi, Ph.D.


Every year, through our Precision Nutrition Coaching program, we help men and women lose weight, gain strength, and transform their health and fitness. On Wednesday, January 11th we’re opening up registration for our next group. For more information, check out these frequently asked questions.


If you’re new to Precision Nutrition, here’s something you might not know.

Twice a year, our expert coaches work with men and women, coaching them for 12 months to help them get healthier and fitter than they’ve ever been.

We help clients make better, healthier choices, consistently and consciously. This includes:

Eating better.

Exercising more intelligently.

Managing stress.

Sleeping and recovering better.

Taking better care of themselves.

Having  fun — yes, fun! — living actively and healthily.

The result? Research-driven, life-changing, body transformations.

With our next registration approaching, we’re getting lots of great questions about the program. Today I’ll answer the most common ones so you can decide if it’s a good fit for you.

What is Precision Nutrition Coaching?

Precision Nutrition Coaching is a 12-month program that guides clients through dramatic—yet sustainable—changes in their eating and exercise habits with help from an expert coach. To date, we’ve tested it with more than 50,000 people, who have transformed their bodies and health profiles in amazing ways.

After 15 years in the fitness industry, we’ve seen dozens of diet and exercise fads come and go. That’s why we don’t follow fads. Instead, we’ve carved our own path, testing and continuously updating our methods.

We specialize in taking complex nutritional problems and breaking them down into small, strategic daily practices—small practices that are designed to fit into a busy lifestyle. Small practices that are formulated to deliver results like this:

Precision Nutrition Coaching includes:

  • A structured year-long nutrition program to help keep you consistent.
  • An expert coach to give you feedback, make adjustments to your program, and help keep you accountable.
  • Strategic daily nutrition practices that fit into your lifestyle.
  • Expertly-designed training programs, customized to your skill level, goals, and time available.
  • $250,000 in prize money. We stack the deck in your favor and give you something positive to shoot for.
  • Guaranteed results. Stick with us for a year, and if you don’t get what you’re looking for, you get a full refund.
How often do you accept new clients?

We only open our doors and accept new clients twice per year—and millions of people visit our website during those registration periods. That means we only have the capacity to coach less than 1 percent of the people who express interest in working with us.

Because of that, our programs have historically sold out in a matter of hours. That’s why we encourage people who are eager to work with us to put their name on the Precision Nutrition Coaching presale list.

By adding your name to that list, we’ll give you the opportunity to register 24 hours before everyone else, increasing your chances of getting a spot. Plus, you’ll save 20 percent on the cost of the program. It’s our way of rewarding the people who are most willing to commit, because they’ve always proven to be our best clients.

Who is Precision Nutrition Coaching for?

Precision Nutrition Coaching is for men and women who want to get in the best shape of their lives—for the rest of their lives. It’s for people with busy schedules who want personal accountability, a structured nutrition program to follow, and a coach to help keep them consistent and on-track.

The main focus of the program is to strategically help you improve your eating and exercise habits—all within the context of your day-to-day life. We don’t give you a crazy diet or exercise program to follow; instead, we help our clients build the habits they need to get results that last forever.

Precision Nutrition Coaching - Sue

Who is Precision Nutrition Coaching NOT for?

Precision Nutrition Coaching is not for figure or fitness models, professional bodybuilders, or high-level athletes training for a particular sport.

It’s also not for people who already have all the accountability they need.

If you rarely struggle with staying consistent with your exercise or eating habits, then we’re not a good choice for you.

Will Precision Nutrition Coaching work for me?

If you follow our recommendations and stick with us for the full year then yes, you will get results.

But you have to commit to making small strategic changes in your life.

That’s something no one ever likes to admit about getting in better shape: it takes hard work, time, and determination.

Changing your body isn’t easy, but it is possible.

Want to lose weight? Eat better? Feel less stressed? Get more sleep?

For 15 years we’ve helped thousands of people do all that and more. And we’re confident we can help you, too.

Once you make the commitment to get in better shape, we’ll be with you every step of the way. When life pushes you around and difficulties come up, we’ll help you push back.

We’ll stack the deck in your favor and give you every advantage we know of. Over the course of 12 months, you’ll learn everything you need to look, feel, and perform at your best.

That’s our promise.

Precision Nutrition Coaching - Ron

Do you really guarantee results?

Absolutely. We guarantee our work because it’s the right thing to do.

We’ve worked directly with more than 50,000 people over the past 15 years; that makes us the world’s most experienced nutrition coaching team.

Stick with us for a year and follow our recommendations. If you don’t get what you’re looking for at the end of the year, we’ll give you a full refund.

Precision Nutrition Coaching - Lorena

Who are you and what makes you qualified to coach?

I’m John Berardi, Ph.D., co-founder of Precision Nutrition.

I’ve devoted my entire career to making health and fitness something that’s achievable and attainable for every type of person, from every walk of life. (Here’s a bit more about me, if you’re interested.)

At Precision Nutrition, we have a world-class coaching team made up of doctors, exercise specialists, naturopaths, nutritionists and counselors.

We’ve coached and mentored people in nearly 100 countries through our research programs, professional education courses, and personal coaching groups.

Fast Company magazine recently picked Precision Nutrition as one of the </br> Most Innovative Companies in Fitness.
Fast Company magazine recently picked Precision Nutrition as one of the Most Innovative Companies in fitness.

When people want the best, they work with us.

Thousands of people from all over the world. Companies like Nike and Apple. Professional sports teams like the San Antonio Spurs and dozens of Olympic athletes and their coaches.

Lots of people consider us the world’s leading experts in nutrition coaching. That’s a big responsibility, and we don’t take it lightly.

Precision Nutrition has been featured in dozens of media outlets…
consulted_logos…and has consulted with some of the world’s most innovative companies and teams.

What will I learn in the Precision Nutrition Coaching program?

If you’re wondering what we have in store for you, you can download the entire men’s curriculum or click here for the women’s curriculum.

Do you give me a meal plan?

No, we don’t give out meal plans.

Meal plans and diets aren’t really that useful or sustainable. People often feel like they’re either “on” them or “off” them. They feel like they’ve failed and are beyond hope if they’re not eating perfectly at every meal.

Our approach is completely different: We help you build a set of sustainable habits that will serve you for the rest of your life.

This means you get to choose—with the help of your coach—which foods are best for you, when to eat those foods, and how much to eat of them.

Can I see a demo of how the program works?

Absolutely, click here to check it out:

Why are you offering this type of coaching?

Mentors and coaches have made all the difference in my life. And that’s why I developed the Precision Nutrition Coaching program.

At Precision Nutrition, most of us feel extremely fortunate to have access to mentors and coaches. People who are a little further along the path than we are. People who can help steer us in the direction we need to go.

That’s why we’ve made it our mission to pay it forward. We’re here to help you make meaningful change in your life.

Why coaching? Can't I just pick up a diet book? Or read some online articles for free?

If you take an honest look at your life—and at the lives of the people you most respect and admire—you’ll notice something interesting.

As human beings, we’re rarely ever transformed by reading more books or articles. Or from watching a documentary. Or from taking a class.

Instead, most transformative change happens through a real relationship with another human being—usually a coach or a mentor.

Sure, you can try another diet book or read a few more articles, especially if you love thinking about exercise and nutrition. If you get great results with those tools, we applaud you.

But if you’re having trouble putting what you know into action, Precision Nutrition Coaching might be for you.

Precision Nutrition Coaching - Simone

Do you really hate books and blogs?

Believe it or not, I get this question a lot.

And the answer is no: I don’t hate book or blogs. In fact, I love books. I’ve even written a couple.

But diet and fitness books rarely help us make dramatic, consistent changes in our lives.

Books typically present too much new information at once. They get you all fired up about a “new” way of doing things… which lasts for a few days. Then you’re back to where you were before.

Of course, while most of us think we need to learn everything at once, research shows the exact opposite: When we want to improve ourselves, the only way to do it is to change one thing at a time.

That’s why coaching (being led and guided by someone a little further along the path than you) and social support (being surrounded and encouraged by like-minded people) are so important.

The formula is simple: We deliver coaching, social support, and a process that encourages real change.

And that’s not something you can find in a book.

I'm a beginner with a lot of weight to lose. Will this work for me?

Yes. We’ve worked with lots of people who are new to exercise and healthy eating.

Remember, we were all beginners at some point. And at Precision Nutrition, we do our best to make sure all beginners work at a pace that’s comfortable for them.

To see for yourself how diverse our clients are, click here to see the men and here for the women that we’ve worked with.

What you’ll notice is that our clients come in all shapes and sizes, are all ages, and come from all different backgrounds.

I'm NOT a beginner. Will Precision Nutrition work for me?

Lots of our clients have 5+ years of experience with consistent training and healthy eating. And they still get great results with us. That’s because the interactions they have with their Precision Nutrition coach are tailored to their needs and goals—it’s not a “one size fits all” program.

Oftentimes, people with a lot of experience enjoy handing the reins over to us for a while. We take care of the nutrition and exercise programming so they can focus on improving other parts of their lives.

We’ve even helped hundreds of personal trainers get back in shape. Like Toni. Or Ron.

What if I don't have much weight to lose but just want to eat better?

It’s great that you don’t have a lot of weight to lose. It means you’re starting out with a big advantage.

Of course, lifelong fitness and health is more than losing weight. With Precision Nutrition Coaching you’ll learn how to maintain a lean and healthy body for life. Plus you’ll develop a new, healthier relationship to food and eating. And that’s something fewer than 5 percent of people know how to do.

I'm interested in building muscle. Is this for me?

Yes. We have custom exercise programming and nutrition habits specifically for people who want to gain muscle.

I'm thinking of joining with a friend or partner. Can we do the program together?

Of course. We encourage friends, partners, and family members to join together. That immediate social support makes a real difference for many of our clients.

Click here to meet a few couples who had great success with Precision Nutrition Coaching.

We’ve also had fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, sisters and brothers, coworkers, and best friends join together.

Precision Nutrition Coaching - Carm

Is this just for young people?

Absolutely not. We’ve coached men and women of all ages.

To see for yourself how diverse our clients are, click here to see the men and here for the women that we’ve worked with.

I work in the fitness industry. Should I do this or the Precision Nutrition Certification instead?

The answer depends on a few things.

Want to become a better fitness professional? Then consider doing the Precision Nutrition Certification first. Then, once you’ve graduated from that program, you can consider joining us here.

By first learning the theory (i.e. Certification), and then seeing that theory in action (i.e. Coaching), you’ll get a much richer experience and really see how we tie the two together.

Want to get in better shape yourself? Then consider doing coaching first. You can get started on the Precision Nutrition Certification after you go through the coaching program yourself. This way you’ll get the main benefit you’re after (fitness) while also learning about our applied system. You can go back and learn the theory later.

Check out Toni and Ron’s stories for more information about how Precision Nutrition Coaching can help fitness professionals.

What's with the $250,000 in prize money?

From what I can tell, most people just get lectured all the time about how they look or about how they’ll be stricken by all kinds of terrible diseases and die if they don’t start to eat better.

That kind of hysterical negativity doesn’t motivate most people, regardless of the goal; it just comes off as condescending, annoying and overwhelming.

In our experience, big, inspiring goals are much easier to achieve when something big is at stake.

So that’s why we put up real cash prizes for our clients and give away $250,000—a quarter of a million dollars—every year.

Every single client who participates in Precision Nutrition Coaching—regardless of where they live or what their goals are—is eligible for one of our big prizes.

Precision Nutrition Women's Coaching - Jill
Jill lost 55 pounds in PN Coaching; we surprised her with $25,000.

Precision Nutrition Men's Coaching - Andrew
Andrew lost 51 pounds in PN Coaching; we surprised him with $25,000.

What if I don't win any money?

Precision Nutrition Coaching is designed to make the process of getting in better shape easier and more effective than ever before. So there are only three things you need to know right off the bat:

If it doesn’t work, it’s free.
Make a commitment and stick with us for a year. If you don’t get the results you’re looking for after those 12 months, we’ll give your money back. All of it. Every penny. You get to decide if it was worth it. Why do we do this? Because we stand behind our work. And we’re very confident you’ll end up looking and feeling better than ever before.

If you work hard and do a good job, you get in the best shape of your life.
Follow our advice, and you will get the body you’re after, plain and simple. That’s what people are looking for: something that truly works. And that’s what we deliver. You walk out in the best shape of your life.

And if you do a great job, you get in the best shape of your life AND you can win serious money.
Bonus: If you really kick butt in this, you might even win a bunch of cash at the end too. Which, for example, you could arrange in a big pile in your backyard and swim in with your new-found body. Or you could take a stack of bills from your winnings, and flip through them ever so slowly, letting the sound of Benjamin Franklin lull you to sleep at night.

In the end, even if you don’t end up with prize money, you will end up healthier and fitter than ever before.

And that’s worth the weight you’ll lose in gold.

I read that you require progress photos. Do I have to submit those?

Well, technically, we don’t require progress photos. They’re completely optional.

The reason behind requesting progress photos is to visually document the changes you’re making while coaching with us.

(It’s also important for your coach to see what’s happening so they can help give you better advice when required.)

Of course, at the end of your coaching experience, if you’re really proud of your transformation and want to be featured as a finalist, we’ll ask for your permission to do so.

But, before that, the pictures will be kept totally private at all times.

Remember, we’re here to help people change their bodies and their lives. Not to embarrass anyone or make them feel ashamed.

So you can opt out of the photo process if you want to.

Although we really do encourage you to stretch yourself, get out of your comfort zone, and give this method a try.

Just like a few of our most recent clients:




How much does it cost?

The exclusive presale price: Choose from a one-time payment of $1799 USD or $179 USD per month for 12 months.

Note: This discount is only for people on the presale list; the general public pays either $2199 USD up front or $229 USD per month for 12 months.

We offer this discount to people who sign up for the presale list for one reason: the people who are most eager and willing to take action are usually our best clients. That’s why we reward them with a discount and a chance to register a full 24 hours before everyone else.

Not on the presale list yet? Add your name here.

Will I have to spend a lot of money on food and supplements?

When it comes to food, most clients actually end up saving money on their grocery bills.

This is because they make more informed, careful decisions, eat out less, and spend fewer dollars on processed novelty foods, replacing them with whole, delicious natural foods.

As for supplements, we may recommend a few health-oriented products, based on your unique needs and goals. However, these are completely optional.

Will I need to join a gym?

Nope, you don’t have to join a gym to be successful with Precision Nutrition Coaching.

All the exercise programs can be performed at a gym or at home.

I live in X country. Can I still participate?

Of course. We work with clients in over 100 countries. No matter where you live, we can help.

Here’s just a sample of some of the countries where our clients live:

  • USA
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Australia
  • India
  • France
  • Denmark
  • Sweden
  • Germany
  • South Africa
  • Finland
  • Norway
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • Brazil
  • China

Check out one of our women’s winners from the UK:

And one of our men’s winners from Italy:

I like to (Crossfit, run, bike, swim, ski, do group exercise classes, walk my dog, etc). Can I still do the stuff I love while getting coaching?

Of course. Keep doing what you love.

That’s the whole point of Precision Nutrition Coaching—to learn how to eat and exercise in a way that’s fun and sustainable. And to do this all while living a fuller life.

Once you get started, you’ll just work with your coach to figure out how to structure things.

I already have a personal trainer. Can I keep that up while getting coaching with Precision Nutrition?

Yes, if you want to continue with both, that’ll work.

In fact, I think with Precision Nutrition Coaching AND your in-person coach, you’ll be unstoppable.

Once you sign up, just let your coach know that you’re working with a local trainer and we’ll make sure to integrate the two.

I have a few injuries. Can I still join?


We all go through injuries, so I understand where you’re coming from. In fact, here’s my own personal story with injury.

With Precision Nutrition Coaching, we can tailor certain exercises to help fit your needs.

Once you’ve signed up, you’ll simply work with your coach to find some easy and effective alternatives.

I follow a special diet (plant-based, vegan, Paleo, intermittent fasting). Will you still work with me?

Yep, we’d love to work with you. The nutrition habits your coach will guide you through are easily customizable.

All you have to do is let your coach know what your dietary preferences/restrictions are and they’ll help you out.

For more on our thoughts about a host of different diets, read this.

When does the Precision Nutrition Coaching program begin?

We open registration on Wednesday, January 11th, 2017. And there won’t be another one until July 2017.

How long does the program run for?

Precision Nutrition Coaching lasts for 12 months. Based on our continued research, we’ve found a full year to be the most effective time period for building the habits necessary for life-long health and fitness.

Our coaching team is committed to helping you make a life-changing, transformative change. That’s why we have everyone commit to the program for 12 months.

Do you really sell out every time you open?


Since we only open our coaching program twice per year—and since we can only accept less than 1 percent of people who express interest in working with us—we tend to sell out in a matter of hours.

A couple years ago we weren’t totally prepared for how quickly it would happen. Back then, Precision Nutrition Coaching was called “Lean Eating”. And we literally had our website crash due to the overwhelming amount of people trying to get in at once.

Precision Nutrition
This is a note from a couple years ago. We sold out in 30 minutes and had our website crash from the traffic.

Nowadays we continue to have a bunch of people visit our website…and we continue to only accept a limited amount of clients.

The only difference is that we now prepare our computer servers to deal with the sudden rush of people trying to get a spot. (We learned that the hard way.)

How do I increase my chances of getting a spot?

To get an early bird chance at registration, we strongly recommend that you sign up for the presale list.  

We’ll send you a special link 24 hours before the general public, increasing your chances of getting a spot.

What are other people saying about Precision Nutrition Coaching?

The feedback on the coaching has been overwhelmingly positive.

For real client feedback, uncensored, unfiltered, and shared on the Precision Nutrition Facebook page, click here.

Plus, here’s Lisa’s story, which is definitely worth checking out:

Spencer’s is pretty cool too:

What's the special discount I've heard about?

We like to reward people who are eager to get started. That’s why we offer a special discount for people who sign up for the presale list.

The regular price for the Precision Nutrition Coaching Program is $2199 USD up front (or $229 USD per month for 12 months..)

However, if you sign up for the presale list, you can join for $1799 USD up front. Or $179 USD per month for 12 months.

Precision Nutrition Coaching - Sean

How can I learn more about the Precision Nutrition Coaching Program?

To learn more, add your name to the presale list.

Once you’re on the list, we’ll follow-up with more information, including how to connect with our team if you have further questions.




Get on the PN Coaching presale list today

If you're interested in Precision Nutrition Coaching, we strongly recommend you join the presale list below. Choose your program and add your name to the list. We'll send you more about the program and give you the chance to register 24 hours before everyone else. You'll also save 20% on the cost of the program.