Meet the Experts

Krista Scott-Dixon



Krista Scott-Dixon, PhD, is Precision Nutrition’s director of curriculum. She earned her doctorate in Women’s Studies from York University. She holds counseling certifications from George Brown College and Leading Edge Training, which is certified by the Canadian Psychological Association. Currently, she’s pursuing a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at Yorkville University in New Brunswick, Canada.

In her role at Precision Nutrition, Dr. Scott-Dixon develops the curriculum for the PN Women’s and Men’s Coaching programs, the PN Level 1 Certification, and the PN Level 2 Certification Master Class, along with other educational guides and courses such as The Science and Practice of Macros.

Dr. Scott-Dixon is the coauthor of PN’s Level 1 textbook, The Essentials of Nutrition and Coaching and The Universe Within: Genetic Testing and What It Can Tell Us About Nutrition, Health, and Athletic Performance. She’s also contributed to an extensive list of academic publications, book chapters, website articles, and reports.

Dr. Scott-Dixon is well known for her ability to help real people with real lives understand, embrace, and master the complex issues of nutrition, health, and lifestyle improvement. She’s a sought-after speaker, writer, and podcast guest who has presented to organizations, businesses, and conferences around the world.

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Articles by Krista Scott-Dixon, PhD

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How to sleep better—when nothing helps you sleep better

Believe it: These practices work.

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Cell phones have a terrible reputation. Here’s how to use yours for better health.

You’ll be happy to know: There’s no digital detox required.

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Are you suffering from “burnout”? Take this quiz (and learn what to do)

Burnout affects people in more ways than you’d expect.

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Invisible stressors: Are they sucking the life out of your health?

Here's how to recover from them.

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Health and fitness trackers: Do they help… or hurt?

Worksheets are still around for a reason.

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The new rules of sports nutrition: This could revolutionize the way you coach athletes.

Sports nutrition is about more than biochemistry and advanced training plans. Here’s how to help your clients get to the next level.

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How do you rank as a health, fitness, and nutrition coach?

Want to know how you rank as a health, fitness, and nutrition coach? Then take this short coaching skills quiz. Not only will it help you see where you are today, it’ll help you level up for tomorrow.

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The 30-day eating challenge that can blow your mind—and transform your body.

Diet challenges are usually all about what you can’t eat. But what if you could see huge results from a self-experiment that doesn’t make any foods off-limits? Instead of focusing on what you eat, our 30-day eating challenge emphasizes how you eat. And the results? They could be transformational.

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How to become a nutrition coach: Everything you need to know

How do you become a nutrition coach? What do nutrition coaches do? How much do nutrition coaches earn? And what certifications are needed to become one? In this article, you’ll find the answers to all of those questions—and many more.

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How trauma affects health and fitness: Is it the reason your client can’t make progress?

Many coaches aren’t aware of how trauma affects health and fitness—or how common trauma actually is. The good news? Affected clients can make progress. Here’s how you can help.

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Exclusive data: How to overcome the 8 biggest diet problems, based on 100,000 client results.

Proven solutions to the 8 biggest diet challenges that keep you from transforming your body and health.

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Overstressed and overeating:

Feeling overworked and underappreciated? Having trouble staying consistent with your nutrition or exercise plan because you're overstressed and overeating? This article is for you.

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“How can I cope RIGHT NOW?” These self-care strategies might help you feel better.

If you’re struggling with all the change and uncertainty, guess what? You‘re normal.

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“Diet harder” just doesn’t work: Here’s how to REALLY solve the toughest client problems.

How do you help people stop overeating, keep working out, and start getting results? You uncover what’s REALLY holding them back, that’s how.

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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.

I’d love to get started…

Many of us wait for the "perfect time" with our health, nutrition, and fitness. But this all-or-nothing thinking—as in, If I don't do this perfectly then it's awful—rarely gets us "all." It usually gets us "nothing."

The ‘deep health’ coaching secret that transforms short-term fitness goals into life-changing results.

Losing 10 pounds. Running a half marathon. Getting six-pack abs. How do you turn short-term client goals into something meaningful, sustainable, and inspiring? Enter: deep health coaching, the revolutionary method that gets your clients the results they want, plus the results they need.

Precision Nutrition Coaching:
January 2020 Women’s Finalists.

Only a year ago, these 20 women were overweight, out of shape, stressed, and almost out of hope. Now, after 12 months of Precision Nutrition Coaching, they've transformed their health, their bodies, and their lives. They also have the chance to take home part of the $125,000 in prize money we've once again committed to our latest round of top clients. Scroll through these amazing photos and vote for the finalist whose transformation inspires you most.

Special report: The top nutrition, fitness, and health trends and insights for 2020

With this in-depth report, you’ll learn the coaching strategies you need to help your clients achieve the results they really want.

The surprising truth about sugar.

Worried you’re eating too much sugar? Wondering how much is safe to eat? Or whether it's bad for you... no matter what? It’s time we took a clear-headed look at this controversial topic. It’s time you heard the truth about sugar.

The Ketogenic Diet: Does it live up to the hype?

Find out if keto is right for you.

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How to talk to people so they’re more likely to change.

To get great results with the people who turn to you for advice, it’s important to learn how to talk to them in a way that increases their likelihood of change. Master this skill and you’ll become a legit client whisperer. Here we'll teach you Precision Nutrition’s method for doing just that, adapted from our newly updated Level 1 Certification program.

Precision Nutrition Coaching
Grand Prize Winners: July 2019

Glen and Katrina spent the past 12 months transforming their eating habits, health, bodies, and lives with personal help from a PN coach. And now? They're our latest Grand Prize winners. See how we surprised them with $25,000 each, and meet the rest of our July 2019 Precision Nutrition Coaching winners.

Precision Nutrition Coaching:
July 2019 Men’s Finalists.

Just one year ago, these 20 guys were overweight, out of shape, and tired of wanting the fitter, healthier body they couldn't seem to get no matter how hard they tried. Now, after 12 months of Precision Nutrition Coaching, they've transformed their health, their bodies, and their lives. They also have the chance to win part of the $125,000 in prize money we've committed to the latest round of top clients. Scroll through these amazing photos and vote for the finalist whose transformation impresses you most.