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Julia Malacoff

Pn1, CPT

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Julia Malacoff is a Precision Nutrition writer and editor. She holds a BA in Art History from Wellesley College, and is a Precision Nutrition Level 1 certified coach (Pn1) and a European Registry of Exercise Professionals (EREPS) Level 4 certified personal trainer.

Malacoff’s work experience includes writing, reporting, and editing for dozens of top publications, including Shape, In Style, Cosmopolitan, Fast Company, Popsugar, Reader’s Digest, Healthline, Real Simple, and Bustle, as well as leading brands in the health and wellness space like Equinox, Eddie Bauer, Under Armour, and Aveeno.

Malacoff combines her editorial expertise with her hands-on experience as a personal trainer to deliver compelling content that resonates with both coaches and clients.

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Articles by Julia Malacoff, PN1, CPT

Photograph of person helping another person up a hill. It illustrates the concept of an overused phrase that is among the worst fitness advice.

Horrible fitness advice: “If I can do it, you can do it.”

There are better ways to motivate.

Intuitive eating: How to make it work for you (and your clients)

It goes way beyond the “hunger and fullness diet.”

Do collagen supplements actually work? Learn the facts about this popular supplement.

Read this before dumping that powder in your coffee.

Closeup of hands holding chickpea salads in a glass jar.

Plant-based nutrition coaching: What you need to know

There’s never been a better time to become a plant-based coach.

Personal trainer coaching a client through an exercise inside a gym.

Are you body-shaming clients? How well-meaning coaches can be guilty of “size-bias.”

This may come as a surprise: Many health and fitness professionals tend to focus too much on weight loss and body size.

Closeup of a woman in an athletic top thinking against a pink wall.

Is a nutrition certification worth it?

What do a doctor, dietitian, licensed clinical social worker, side-hustling nutrition coach, and personal trainer all have in common? No, this isn’t the beginning of a terrible joke… The answer: We interviewed people in each of these careers, and they all said getting a nutrition certification was worth it.  But is a nutrition certification worth […]

Close-up of bare feet standing on a bathroom scale.

Weight loss vs weight maintenance: Why the strategies that got you results might not help you keep them.

Maintaining weight loss is a major challenge for people who’ve recently shed pounds. Learn the three skills you’ll need for successful weight loss maintenance.

Comparison of three types of processed protein powders in tubs.

“What’s the best protein powder?” Your complete guide to choosing the right supplement for you

Not all protein powders are created equal. Some are definitely better than others. But with hundreds, maybe even thousands, of options out there, it can be hard to know the right protein powder for you (or your clients). After all, each person has unique goals, physiology, and preferences. So there’s no one single protein powder […]

Close-up of a man wearing a checkered shirt and jeans laying on his back with a plate of chips resting on his stomach and a can of beer in his right hand.

Solutions for stress eating: Get better at saying “No, thank you” to ice cream, Cheetos, and Pop-Tarts.

Wondering how to stop stress eating when you feel like you’ve tried everything? Here are three ways that might help.

Side-by-side graphs of yo-yo dieting and reverse dieting. The yo-yo graph shows with every successive cycle of yo-yo dieting, weight rises, while metabolic rate drops. The reverse dieting graph shows weight loss and metabolic rate are maintained over time.

Reverse dieting: Can you really get better results by eating more?

Reverse dieting is touted as a way to restore your metabolism and kickstart fat loss by eating more food. But does it work, and if so, how? Let’s find out.

Environment life dial from 1 to 10.

Never press “pause” on your health and fitness again. This free tool is your secret weapon. [Infographic]

Pressing “pause” on your health habits might seem reasonable when life gets busy. The truth? It could be ruining your health and fitness. Use this simple method to make progress, no matter what.

‘Superfoods’ vs ‘regular’ foods: Why nutrition facts don’t tell the whole story. [Infographic]

Plenty of people hate kale. It doesn’t matter that it’s a so-called “superfood.” (And yes, it is pretty super.) After all, you can’t help what you like… or don’t like. But should you (or your clients) force down a “superfood” even if you detest it? Not necessarily. While it’s popular to put some foods on […]

3 diet experiments that can change your eating habits—and transform your body (even if they seem way too easy to work).

In this article, you'll discover three ways to overcome your biggest nutrition challenges.

Venn diagram of different diets, including fully plant-based, Keto, Paleo, low-fat, and Mediterranean, with nutrition fundamentals in the centre.

How to talk to your clients (and mother) about the latest Netflix nutrition documentary.

Is the newest nutrition documentary right... or wrong? It doesn't matter. Here's how to use it to help your clients to achieve the results they want.

6 ‘hand portion’ body transformations you have to see to believe

You already have the key to transforming your body. Seriously. It’s like, on your person. We’re talking about... your hand.

Detoxes, cleanses, and 30-day challenges: How to turn a quick-fix diet into transformation gold.

“Get rock hard abs in 30 days!” “Drop a dress size in three weeks!” “Detox your body with juice!” As a coach, you know these promises are hollow. So what do you do when a client wants a quick fix? In this article, we’ll show you five strategies to turn your client’s short-term diet into lasting results.

Conquer your cravings:
Break the sinister cycle
that makes you overeat.

From ruining your progress to making you feel like a failure, food cravings aren’t your friend (no matter what they say). In this article, we break down the real reasons you can’t stop over-snacking, and explain how to combine smart behavioral strategies with healthy junk food alternatives—so you can finally conquer your cravings. Want to […]

“Why won’t clients just do what I say?!?!” How to fix every coach’s #1 frustration.

Sick of your clients not following the plan? It might not be their fault. It might be… yours. The reason: Just telling clients what to do isn’t very effective. After all, it’s hard to make people do anything—even when they know it’s good for them. (That’s why we still have texting-while-walking accidents.) But in this article, we’ll show you a proven way to get your clients… to get with the program. For better results and the lasting change you both want.

Winning at social media: Get more clients, and build a successful business, with these 6 proven social strategies.

From lack of know-how to fear of failure, there are plenty of reasons coaches struggle to develop an engaged social media audience. But it may not be as complicated as it seems. Just try this simple but effective advice from Precision Nutrition experts who have built thriving businesses using social media.