Holistic Sports Nutrition

Level: Practitioner level 3

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge to practice Holistic Sports Nutrition – graduates of this course can also obtain professional liability insurance
  • Become a Registered BSY Holistic Sports Nutrition Practitioner
  • Be awarded the professional BSY Diploma
  • Be eligible to become a member of AHCP (Association of Complementary Practitioners)

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

Course overview

Holistic sports nutrition is the art of providing your clients with all their nutritional requirements for optimum training or sporting achievement. It achieves this aim with regard to the all-round health of the individual, rather than getting results regardless of the cost.  Healthy food choices rather than supplementation is the preferred way to achieve goals.


  • Lesson One
    • Introduction
      • What is Holistic Sports Nutrition?
    • Energy
      • Carbohydrates
      • Carbohydrate Intake for Training and Competition
      • Carbohydrate Loading
      • Fluids
      • Pre-training Fast
  • Lesson Two
    • Energy (Continued)
      • Fats
      • Alcohol
      • Protein, the Real Need
      • Supplementation
      • Vitamins and Minerals
      • Calcium, Iron and Zinc
  • Lesson Three
    • Sports Drinks
      • Electrolytes
      • Home-made Sports Drinks
      • How to Use Sports Drinks
    • Weight
      • Body Mass Index
      • Body Types
      • Men and Women
  • Lesson Four
    • Blood Pressure
      • Pulse Rate and Maximum Heart Rate
    • Working with Special Groups
      • Vegetarians and Vegans
      • Allergies
      • Pregnancy
      • Diabetes
      • When Not to Take a Client on
  • Lesson Five
    • Working with Special Groups (Continued)
      • Religious Dietary Requirements
      • Children
      • Super Foods for Sports
    • The Client Consultation
      • Information Required
      • Basal Metabolic Rate
      • The Food Diary
      • Instigating Changes in the Client’s Diet
      • When to Refer
  • Lesson Six
    • Nutritional Programme Planning
      • Case Study
      • How to Eat
      • Baby Foods
      • Sprouting Seeds
      • Juice
  • Lesson Seven
    • Nutritional Programme Planning (Continued)
      • Grazing
      • Visualisation
      • Sticking Points
    • A Few Nutritional Terms
      • A look at Vitamin B12
  • Lesson Eight
    • Sports Training Terms
    • Programme Planning for Clients
      • Client 1
      • Client 2
      • The Vegetarian and Vegan Bodybuilder
      • High Protein Diets
      • Mono-meals
      • Meal Replacements 

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.