5 Reasons to Consult with a Dietitian for your Health Goals
When we become sick, the first thing we might do is get on the internet and search our symptoms. We then jump to the worst conclusion and believe we have some illness we can’t come back from. Then ultimately, we end up seeking professional advice and go to a doctor.
So why aren’t we doing the same for our diet? When you have a nutrition concern or need diet advice, the ideal approach is to consult with a professional who is trained and licensed to practice nutrition (aka a dietitian). Here are 5 reasons to consult with a dietitan:
1. Registered dietitians are licensed to provide nutrition information.
When you are trying to find guidance for your weight loss goals, you may come across many "nutritionists". However keep in mind that not all nutritionists are licensed. You should seek out Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) who have gone through a didactic program and received their Bachelor’s Degree. They have then completed a dietetic internship that at minimum included 1200 supervised practice hours in the clinical, food service and community specialty areas. From there they have taken and passed the Registration Examination for Dietitians.
When you signup for a coaching plan on HealthSoup, you will be matched with a registered dietitian who has an active license to practice. We have done the due diligence of selecting and vetting these professionals for you.
2. Get personalized, science-based advice.
There is no one size fits all “diet plan”. In fact there are many different nutrition philosophies, so you will want to find a registered dietitian that best aligns with your goals and lifestyle. The great thing is that HealthSoup has dietitians from varied backgrounds that can help you with your goals. They will work with your personal preferences and goals to help you achieve the results you are looking for whether that is weight loss, incorporating intuitive eating strategies, working on mindfulness, athletic performance, addressing food allergies and more. Your dietitian will also followup with you regularly to see what is is working and what is not and make the appropriate adjustments to your diet.
3. A dietitian can help you navigate the myriad diets out there and bust the myths.
Have you been victim of the articles about carbohydrates being the greatest enemy, or that you shouldn’t eat after 7pm? We find ourselves scrolling those clickbait headlines in the newsfeed multiple times a day. It gets tough to keep up with it all and know what is real and what isn’t. What if you didn’t have to worry about any of that and have someone to help you navigate through the trenches? What supposedly works for some famous actress may not be your answer. Remember when we said there is no "one size fits all" plan? You can safely place your trust in a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist to help find the right diet for your unique lifestyle.
4. You can trust that you will not be judged and that your information is confidential.
If you work with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, especially through HealthSoup, you can feel comfortable knowing that your information is safe. Your dietitian will keep your information strictly confidential. Even your deepest insecurity, is probably something dietitians have addressed many times before and you are not a unicorn in the world. A lot of people are afraid to open up because they think they aren’t able to be helped or may feel embarrassed. Some may have tried many diets and felt like a failure. Dietitians are here to tell you that you did not fail your diet, but your diet failed you.
With HealthSoup, you will get 1:1 healthy eating advice from our dietitians that is aimed specifically for you and your success. Instead of handing out generic diet plans our dietitians will help you build healthy habits so you can achieve your health objectives with a scientific approach to nutrition. Your dietitian will help you focus on small goals that are attainable, one at a time. We want you to eat healthy and feel awesome.
5. You will gain a friend and someone who cares.
With a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist you can feel comfortable being vulnerable. Some may even refer to dietitians as a "friend". Your dietitian would want to be your number one fan cheering you on toward your goals to a healthier and happier you! If you are comfortable being vulnerable and completely open with your struggles and your habits then your coach can help you more than if you stay closed off.
So if you feel like you are ready to make a change and improve your diet, then the first step is to consult a dietitian and get an assessment. Improving one's diet is a process and takes time and commitment. At the end it is well worth it.