What Is a Nutritionist and Do You Need One?

| November 2, 2012

NutritionistHealthy eating isn’t always easy. Nutrition isn’t only about how to keep weight off. It’s about getting the nutrients you need to make sure you stay healthy and alert. A nutritionist can guide you towards healthy eating. Continue reading to learn more, and remember: DexKnows nutrition.

What is a nutritionist?

A nutritionist is an expert on food and nutrition. It’s the nutritionist’s job to help people lead a healthy lifestyle by giving them personalized advice on what to eat. A nutritionist often has a bachelor’s degree. Depending on the state, a nutritionist may also have to be licensed or certified.

What does a nutritionist do?

A nutritionist helps you eat healthy or reach a health-related goal. A nutritionist also helps to treat or prevent diseases by promoting a healthy lifestyle.

According to the New York State Education Department, a nutritionist:

  • Assesses nutritional needs
  • Recommends food that’s appropriate for physical and dietary needs
  • Provides nutrition counseling
  • Plans menus and gives advice on preparing meals to clients achieve health-related goals

Factors that a nutritionist will take into account include::

  • Age
  • Activity level
  • Any medical conditions

Do I need a nutritionist?

A nutritionist can help answer questions about your diet and give advice.

It is advantageous to see a nutritionist if you are trying to lose or gain weight so the nutritionist can guide you on how to do this with your health in mind.

Consult with a nutritionist if you want help in designing a diet that will meet your specific health-related goal.

Certain health conditions may require the help of a nutritionist. Among them are obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and food allergies.

What should I bring with me to an appointment with a nutritionist?

You can help your nutritionist by bringing information that they may need to help you find a suitable diet.

Keep a list of foods you eat, like a food journal, for a week or two before you see the nutritionist. List what you eat, and tell the truth. Include any unhealthy foods, including potato chips or candy. A nutritionist needs the full picture in order to help.

Also put any physical activity on the list.

Bring a list of any medications you are taking and write down the dosages.

Also make a list of questions that you want to ask.

These tips can help you decide whether to see a nutritionist and how best to make the visit productive. Don’t forget: if you decide to go to one, head to DexKnows nutrition to find a nutritionist in your community.

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