Coaching Dietary Strategies Course 3

How to Coach a Macros-Based Diet

A self-paced, digital course designed to help you calculate, modify, and coach macros to help anyone achieve their health and fitness goals. (Based on our 15+ years of coaching over 100,000 clients.)⁣

  • Learn the most up-to-date science and practice of macronutrient coaching—and help your clients understand they don’t have to take an “all-or-nothing” approach to achieve incredible results
  • Get 30+ expert tools and assessments to instantly create customized, macros-based eating plans for every client you have, based on their needs, preferences, and goals
  • Go beyond the math involved in macros-based strategies to help your clients use their programs in the real world without confusion
  • Earn Continuing Education Credits (CECs)


Nutrition professionals who want to further develop their coaching skills—along with those who simply want a deeper dive into this topic.


This course is entirely self-paced, and the material can be covered in detail in about 9-12 total hours.

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Macronutrients are about people as much as they are numbers.

People with their individual physiology, complicated lives, and wildly varying degrees of experience and motivation.

Combine those variables with any confusion over how to determine the amount of protein in a burger… which macros ratio is “best”… or how to use macros to lose fat and build muscle… and it’s no wonder so many people fail when they try to use a macros-based strategy in the real-world.

The good news?

With the How to Coach a Macros-Based Diet course, you get everything you need to create macronutrient strategies that help your clients understand the numbers, apply them in everyday life without confusion, and get transformational results.

With this course, you’ll feel:

  • Completely confident in your ability to coach macronutrients and calories
  • Ready to help anyone who asks for eating advice
  • Equipped with the knowledge, skills, and tools to guide them toward meaningful changes in their bodies, health, and lives

⁣Whether you just want to know more to reach your own nutrition and body comp goals or have a full roster of paying clients who expect results, this course will set you up for success.⁣

What you’ll learn in How to Coach a
Macros-Based Diet

How to calculate the “right” macronutrient ratios to help anyone get the health and fitness results they’re looking for.

Factors that go into establishing a sustainable calorie deficit or surplus, depending on your clients’ goals.

Multiple ways to track calories and macros to enhance precision, flexibility, and/or consistency in any nutritional plan.

Help your clients successfully navigate macros around different diet types such as vegan, vegetarian, keto, paleo, and more.

The wide array of biological and lifestyle factors that are critical to helping you optimize calorie and macro intake for anyone you coach.

Adjustments you can make to calories, protein, carbs, and fat to help kickstart or speed up anyone’s progress regardless of their situation.

How to modify macros for special situations your clients will inevitably encounter, such as eating out or vacation (plus, what to do if your client gets off track).

Find the right tracking protocol for each client who’s working with a macros-based plan—no matter if they’re a complete beginner or advanced athlete.

How the course works

How to Coach a Macros-Based Diet is a self-paced, digital course that gives you the confidence to calculate, modify, and coach macronutrients. Here’s an overview of the three core units:

Unit 1:
The science of macros

Estimated learning time: 3-4 hrs

Knowing the science behind the three main macronutrients (proteins, carbohydrates, and fats) helps us understand why we might choose particular foods and nutrients for specific goals.

In this unit, you’ll get an intro to the science of macros and energy. We’ll answer:

  • What are macronutrients? (Including their structure, function, similarities, differences, and what each does in our bodies)
  • What’s a macronutrient ratio or split?
  • And what’s the role of energy (or calories) and energy balance

Unit 2:
Calculating macros

Estimated learning time: 3-4 hrs

A macros-based program can help anyone learn to eat the right foods, in the right amounts, for their goals.

It can also help them get the nutrients they need to support health, performance, longevity, and recovery.

In this unit, you’ll learn the 5-step process to identify and calculate macronutrient and energy amounts for anyone who wants to look, feel, recover, and perform at their best.

Unit 3:
Putting macros into practice

Estimated learning time: 3-4 hrs

Now that you know how to calculate calories and macros for your clients’ specific goals, let’s put those numbers to work—and explore how your calculations hold up in the real world.

This unit expands on building a macros plan, looking at:

  • Other considerations (such as readiness)
  • How to implement and apply a macros-based program
  • How to track progress

You’ll learn how to troubleshoot challenges and recognize when it’s time for tweaks to any program.

Learn how to calculate, modify, and coach macros

Get everything we know about the science and practice of macros to help anyone achieve their health and fitness goals.


What’s included in How to Coach a Macros-Based Diet?

30+ downloadable resources.

Get exclusive access to the coaching resources we use with PN clients, including the Body Weight Planner (Weight Loss Calculator), plus cheat sheets, food and eating journals, and planning & problem-solving worksheets.

PN Professional Nutrition Calculator.

The industry’s most comprehensive calorie, portion, and macro calculator. This tool goes way beyond standard calorie estimates to factor in how metabolisms change as individuals lose weight. The best part: we’ve done the math and hard work for you.

Apply this towards an Advanced Certificate in Coaching Dietary Strategies.

This is one of three required courses for the Specialist in Coaching Dietary Strategies Certificate. Take any course as standalone, or all three to earn the certificate and showcase your expertise.

Real-world case studies.

Drawing on our experience with over 100,000 clients, we’ll share real-world examples of what you might see working with people—and provide an opportunity for you to get hands-on practice and apply what you’re learning.

Study at your own pace, anywhere.

All of the course materials are delivered digitally, so you can work through the course at your own speed, from anywhere in the world.

Use this course to earn CECs.

How to Coach a Macros-Based Diet qualifies for continuing education credits with the following organizations: ACE, AFAA, CPTN, NASM, ISSA, NBHWC, REPs NZ and UKIHCA.

Why learn with Precision Nutrition?

Here are just a few reasons…

We’re the originators of behavior-change for nutrition coaching, and since 2005 we’ve used the tools, science, and systems in our courses to help over 100,000 people transform their health and fitness. (No other nutrition company in the world can say this.) That means everything you’ll learn has been proven in the real world, with real people.

We are the experts that other experts come to for help. Precision Nutrition advises organizations around the world, coaches elite athletes and sports teams, and has been featured in leading publications. There’s a reason over 2 million people come to our website every single month.

We’re the home of the world’s #1 nutrition coaching certification, with over 150,000 health and fitness professionals choosing to get certified by us.

Science-backed and peer-reviewed. Our coaching method was recently validated in 3 peer-reviewed studies. This means everything you’ll learn is backed by science.

Bottom line: If you want to learn how to coach nutrition from the best in the field, you’ve come to the right place.


Get instant access to the How to Coach a Macros-Based Diet digital course materials for only $349. You’ll learn everything we know about macronutrients, so you can confidently help your clients reach their health and fitness goals.

How to Coach a Macros-Based Diet
$ 349 USD

45-day money-back guarantee.

How to Coach a Macros-Based Diet
$ 349 USD

45-day money-back guarantee.

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Learn how to calculate, modify, and coach macros

Get everything we know about the science and practice of macros to help anyone achieve their health and fitness goals.