What they do
Weight loss consultants assist clients with motivation, advice and practical plans to lose weight. They meet with clients to discuss weight loss goals, and will usually record a client's weight and measurements, tracking their progress toward these goals over time. They advise clients about topics such as eating a healthy diet, developing an effective exercise regime and making healthy lifestyle choices. They may work with clients on an individual basis, or run group sessions, where clients are able to motivate and support each other and share their own weight loss tips.
Weight loss consultants may be employed by a national or international chain of weight loss companies with an established and shared methodology and philosophy, or they may work independently, with their own weight loss system. They usually work in an office, but may hold regular group meetings with clients in a community setting. Many of their clients can be very emotional, and weight loss consultants may need to find ways to inspire and motivate clients who are depressed or have almost given up on weight loss. They generally work regular business hours, though they may be required to work evenings and on weekends to run meetings and group workshops when their clients are available.
Tools and technologies
Weight loss consultants may use scales and tape measures to record and track their clients' weight loss progress. They will also generally use charts, pamphlets and similar materials to demonstrate the nutritional value of different foods and as a reference source to provide advice about specific lifestyle habits or exercise options. Some weight loss consultants may use audiovisual equipment, including computers, projectors and microphones, when conducting group sessions. They may also use cooking equipment to give practical demonstrations about how to prepare a healthy meal.
How do I become one?
Education and training
It is possible to work as a weight loss consultant without formal qualifications and get training on the job. Established weight loss companies will generally provide training to new employees.
Entry into this occupation may be improved by obtaining a qualification in weight management. The Certificate IV in Weight Management is available at Western Australian registered training organisations. Search on the My Skills website to find a registered provider near you.