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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.
Dietitians are the medical professionals who are well trained and qualified in assessing, diagnosing, and treating nutritional problems of humans. 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:
Individuals with any of the following medical conditions or diseases can consult a Dietitian-Nutritionist.
In a few cases, the primary doctor can refer a patient to Dietitian-Nutritionist for his/her well being.
People who are suffering from diseases or medical conditions related to the diet can consult a Dietitian-Nutritionist once in every 6 months. However, healthy individuals can consult once a year to check how the diet is affecting their health condition.
Dietitian or Nutritionist plays an important role in the management of obesity. Depending on the person’s BMI, Dietitians provide a proper healthy and nutritious diet plan. 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.
Dietitians play a key role in the management of heart diseases by providing a proper diet plan. This helps to reduce the future risk of a person affected by heart disease. Individuals who are diagnosed with any of the heart conditions may be recommended to follow the Dietitian instructions regularly.