1. What does a nutritionist/ Dietitian do?
A dietitian/nutritionist is a specialist who is trained to plan your meal depending up on your health and nutritional requirements. He/she can guide you about eating right food in right proportions to achieve your ideal health status and weight.
2. What is the difference between a Dietitian and Nutritionist?
A nutritionist that gets registered with Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) after qualifying a national level exam may legally declare themselves as dietitians or more precisely, registered dietitians (RDs).
3. How will a Dietitian/Nutritionist be helpful?
Dietitian/Nutritionist could be helpful in controlling bad food habits and planning a right diet to control your blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol levels and for achieveing and maintaining the right weight.
4. When do you need to see a dietician?
You can see a dietician when you are feeling the requirement to reduce or increase your weight or keeping a check on some disease.
5. What to expect on your first visit to a Dietitian/Nutritionist?
Dietitian/Nutritionist will analyse your medical history and medicines you take. He will assess how active you are. On the basis of all this data he will plan your meal according to your body requirements.
Medical professionals who are well trained and qualified in assessing, diagnosing, and treating nutritional problems of humans are Dietitians. They can alter the patient’s diet based on the medical conditions and individual needs. All Dietitians are Nutritionists.
Nutritionists are the ones who are experts in the field of food and nutrition. They advise individuals regarding what to eat in order to lead a healthy life or to achieve a specific health-related goal. They work in hospitals, cafeterias, nursing homes, schools, and few are self-employed. All Nutritionists are not Dietitians.
Following are few of the required qualifications for an individual to be a Dietitian-Nutritionist:
Generally, the questions will be based on the condition and the concerns of the patient. However, few of the common questions asked are:
Typically before any Dietitian or Nutritionist consultation, the patient will be asked a health questionnaire and a 3-day food diary so that the therapist can get a really good overall picture of the patient’s health status, lifestyle, and diet.
Following are the few out of many reasons:
The Dietitian or the Nutritionist helps to set a realistic goal for weight loss. Most people aim to lose around 1 to 1.5 pounds of weight per week and many people believe that nutrition therapy and proper diet are helpful in weight loss.