Health Coach Nico Vazquez received his Bachelors of Art’s in Exercise Science from Warner University. He played four years of baseball at Warner and led the Florida Sun Conference both junior and senior years in stolen bases. Later, he played professionally with the Toronto Blue Jays baseball organization. Nico currently resides in Los Angeles, and has been a Health Coach for two years.
How did you get involved in becoming a Health Coach?
I began as a health coach when I first moved to L.A. While looking to make some extra income. I heard about the Herbalife opportunity became a HERBALIFE distributor-health coach
Is this the same as a Fitness Trainer?
Negative. There are “fitness trainers” who also do the health coaching work but, as a health coach we do of course focus and encourage a healthy active lifestyle but mainly focus on the nutrition aspect.
What are the common mistakes people make when they set out to, “get in shape?”
1. Cut calories (eat less) and workout more. Yes it is important to keep your calorie count under your RMR (resting metabolic rate/ the amount of calories your body burns at rest) when trying to lose weight, but it is more important that our bodies are receiving the right amount of nutrition or fuel for the body to function properly. When people start eating less to keep the calories low they are also depleting the nutrition value the body is getting.
2. Don’t eat anything- big mistake. Again, the body needs a source of fuel to burn, when people do not eat, the body goes into survival mode. Whether you are trying to lose, maintain, or gain weight, the main thing you want to do is change the composition of the body from more muscle and less fat mass. When the body does not receive food, the body goes to your muscle mass for energy and then stores the calories as fat when you do eat a meal. This occurs when skipping or not eating regularly.
3. Workout MORE
4. Try “fad” diets
5. Listen to there out of shape friends for advice
It seems like there is so much information out there in regards to diets, diet pills, shakes, exercise equipment, workout routines, etc. How does the consumer keep track of it all? Any advice there?
Yes there is a lot of information out there but the majority of people do not take the time to educate themselves on this information. This is why having a health coach makes a difference. We do the “hard” part, the part no one likes to do and learn that it matters what we put in our bodies. We work with three major pieces; Herbalife nutrition programs, education, and actual coaching on how to reach their goals.
In your experience, what are the main ingredients to successful weight management and results?
1. Getting your recommended daily allowance of vitamins and minerals (RDA).
2. Hitting your protein number.
3. Knowing your RMR.
4. Keeping it simple and easy
Anything you’d like add?
Keep it simple and make it fun, I’m not saying it will always be easy but of you are committed it will be worth it.