Nutritionists offer healthy eating strategies for health and weight loss

As January comes around each year, so do millions of people’s New Year’s resolutions to lose weight or improve their diet. We always warn people to not just make the decision about shedding pounds but instead focus on making broader lifestyle changes, like getting more out of the house or eating more healthy, colorful foods. These modest measures can have major impacts

Those who cannot go it alone in 2022 can consider the decision to include a dietitian on their healthcare team. These professionals, along with physicians, pharmacists and therapists, can help people achieve their health goals and stay healthy during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Who is a nutritionist? Dietitians are college-educated, certified healthcare professionals who obtain state licensure after completing 1,200 hours of supervised practice and passing a National Board exam. They must also meet continuing education requirements throughout their career. Their training differs from that of nutritionists who do not meet the same stringent certification standards. A helpful tip is to look for the letters – “RD” or “RDN” and “LD” or “LDN” – after their names that denote that they are registered and licensed to practice.

What do nutritionists offer? The scope of a dietitian can vary. Many specialize in specific conditions such as gut health or diseases such as cancer or diabetes. They usually educate clients about healthy eating and can advise them individually on how food choices affect their lives, such as providing personal insights into foods that can boost your immune system to help the body defend itself against the coronavirus. A dietitian can help a person determine their ideal healthy eating strategy by sharing personal insights into which eating habits will be most beneficial and by making incremental adjustments, because there really is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all diet plan.

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