There are so many nutritionists and dietitians out there so it can be difficult to choose one that will truly benefit your health.
So, in this post you will learn the features and qualities to look out for when choosing your dietitian or a nutritionist, and to make it even more beneficial we will use an example of Nutrition2Change.
Dietitian vs Nutritionist
Dietitians and nutritionists are both nutrition experts who have studied dieting, nutrition and dietary supplements. Both are known as healthcare professionals with just 1 difference. Although dietitians and nutritionists are more or less educated to the same level, dietitians are held responsible by regulatory bodies compared to nutritionists.
The job of a nutritionist and a dietitian is to help you optimise your meals with the right nutrients, whether this is for weight loss, muscle building or simply to improve your overall health and well-being.
Qualities of a great Nutrition Expert
- Degree and qualifications
As you’ve read earlier, dietitians are a regulated body whereas nutritionists are not. Therefore, anyone can use the name of a ‘nutritionist’. So it’s important to look out for qualifications. This should be mentioned on the website or in the ‘about’ section of the website. If you take a look at Nutrition2Change about page, you’ll notice that Paula (the founder) clearly specifies the fields of expertise that she possesses and certifications that she has acquired to become a nutritionist.
- Lab Testing
In addition to deficiencies identification through a food diary, a high quality nutritionist and a dietitian will also provide a variety of lab tests to suit your needs. For instance, if you’d like to find out if you have any gut issues, indigestion, food allergies or food intolerances. This is a great addition to your nutrition program and means you can get more for what you pay for. These are just a few examples of lab tests that nutritionists can offer. Nutrition2Change offers such a WIDE range of lab tests that suit anybody’s needs, and if there are tests that are not mentioned you can always contact her and she’d be happy to arrange an alternative. Another great thing about Nutrition2change is that you can purchase lab tests separately to nutrition programme so if you are looking for something specific then you can certainly find it there. Check out the variety of lab tests here.
- Experience and Knowledge on sports and exercise
Getting nutrition advice is great but that’s only 50% of what you need to get you where you want to be. Your nutrition adviser should also be able to give you exercise tips or even an exercise program tailored to your goal. If you are looking for more than just deficiency identification or food intolerance test, then you should be looking for someone who can not only get your diet on point but also direct you to the right type of exercises for your body type and your goal. This is another reason why you should choose Nutrition2Change, Paula is not only a qualified nutritionist but also a personal trainer, and she offers a complete package of nutrition programs and exercise regime that will suit your needs. You can check out the nutrition programs and the exercise program here.
- Professional and educational
In addition to getting your nutrition and exercise program, your consultant should educate you on what to do after your nutrition program has been completed. The last thing you want is to have worked hard over several weeks and then be left to your own devices where you go back to your old eating habits not knowing what you should do next. Nutrition2Change not only offers helpful and educational articles through out nutrition and exercise programs but you can also find some helpful content on her health and fitness blog. Paula ensures high quality content by providing only evidence-based information so you can expect it to be insightful, reliable and unbiased. Check out her health blog here.
In summary, you should know by now what qualities and features to look out for when choosing your personal nutritionist or dietitian. Get the most of your money and ensure all your needs are met. Don’t be afraid to ask for more because companies care about the feedback you leave so they’re likely to do more for you if it secures good feedback for them!