Health coaches and holistic health coaches share one common purpose: helping clients and patients lead better, healthier lives. Yet, while the terms are often used interchangeably, these two differ in their training program and overall approach. (Though, it’s worth noting, there’s no fixed definition for these two, and its common to find overlap.)

As the term holistic implies, a holistic health coach takes a macro, integrative look at a person’s life beyond food and nutrition. Sexuality, spirituality, relationships, stress management, sleep hygiene, career satisfaction, and emotional health are among the multiple pillars a holistic health coach might cover.

On the other hand, a health coach might emphasize different health-related issues that affect day-to-day living, such as diet, nutrition, chronic disease, exercise, or recovery from a life-shifting event, like a heart attack. Through their health coaching experiences, clients are often introduced to other mind-body practices such as meditation, mindfulness, or yoga asana.