Health is a Lifestyle


As time passes, our health fluctuates; we lose, we gain, we learn, and we develop. Through it all, the guidance and counsel of our mentors and coaches affords us the knowledge and strength to persevere, grow, and change.

The role of a nutrition coach is to guide you, with science-based expertise, to sustainable, long-lasting health. For many of us, health is an endeavor for which we reach and often fall short as other priorities take precedence.Changing behaviors can often be a daunting task in the midst of our hectic schedules and determined habits.

In my personal practice, coaching has brought down my clients’ biggest barriers they thought they could never change. Often, we can’t see our own obstacles and struggles to success and a listening ear of a nutrition coach can help point them out and guide us through.An expert coach can also discern and help create realistic goals and a plan of action that lead to sustainable change over time, rather than a quick-bullet fix or unobtainable objectives.

Health is not a diet plan, but a lifestyle.It is an understanding of your body, your strengths and your limits.Just as all our endeavors, a healthy lifestyle does not come about without focus, determination, or guidance.The path to behavioral change and life-long health can be achieved with the counsel and support of your nutrition coach.

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About The Author

Manuel Villacorta is a registered dietitian (RD) and certified specialist is sports dietetics (CSSD) with more than 16 years of experience. He was recently appointed national media spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, which identifies him as one of the United States’ leading weight loss and nutrition experts. Villacorta is the owner of San Francisco-based private practice MV Nutrition, the recipient of two consecutive “Best Bay Area Dietitian” awards (2009 and 2010) from the San Francisco Chronicle and Citysearch, and the creator of the Eating Free™ weight management program. Villacorta also developed MV Professional Nutrition (a software suite designed to assist RDs with their own private practices) and created (an international, Internet-based weight loss and weight management program). Villacorta is a compelling, charismatic communicator—a public speaker, who is often praised for making audiences feel, heard, motivated, and engaged. His warm, approachable style, alongside his strong bilingual proficiency in both English and Spanish, have made him an in-demand health and nutrition expert on both local and national television and radio, and in articles in print publications and online. Villacorta worked closely with Dr. Nancy L. Snyderman, chief medical editor of NBC News, to provide expert nutrition advice on a number of topics for the BeWell network. He is often invited to speak at annual state and national conventions such as The Oregon Dietetic Association (where he was the keynote speaker), and The American Dietetic Association (where he spoke to other dietitian professionals about his successful private practice). Villacorta has acted as a media representative for food companies such as Foster Farms (one of the largest chicken producers on the West Coast) as well as for such California statewide health campaigns as the “California Latino 5-A-Day Program” and “Got Milk.” Prior to setting up his private practice, Villacorta worked as a public health dietitian for California Children Services and the Prenatal to Three Initiative, where he offered prenatal, infant, and childhood nutrition consulting. He has worked as a clinical dietitian for Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco and has held a faculty position with the School of Nursing at the University of San Francisco. Villacorta received his bachelor of science in nutrition and physiology metabolism from the University of California, Berkeley, and his master of science in nutrition and food science from San Jose State University. He has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards for his research, including the Outstanding Master of Science Degree Award from San Jose State University’s Department of Nutrition and Food Science.

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