Why Consult with a Registered Dietitian?

Why Consult with a Registered Dietitian?

A registered dietitian can help you sort through misinformation and provide sound, easy-to-follow nutrition advice. They can help you learn how to read labels at the supermarket; discover that healthy cooking is inexpensive; and learn how to eat out without ruining your eating plan. Here are just a few of the other benefits of working with a registered dietitian.

The highest level of nutrition counseling

In addition to holding a bachelor’s degree, an RD must fulfill a specially designed, accredited nutrition curriculum; pass a rigorous registration exam; and complete an extensive supervised program of practice at a health-care facility, foodservice organization, or community agency.

Personally tailored advice

After learning about your health history, favorite foods, eating, and exercise habits, an RD will help you set personal goals and prioritize. Follow-up visits will focus on maintenance and monitoring your progress.

Help managing chronic diseases

If you have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, or cancer, it can be hard to know what to eat. An RD can review your lab results with you, help you understand your condition and provide education about the nutrients that affect it. Then, he or she will help you create an eating plan that includes all the important nutrients that can help you manage your condition. A registered dietitian can assist with eating disorders like anorexia, bulimia, and overweight issues.

Guidance navigating food allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances

When you suffer from conditions like celiac disease, food allergies or lactose intolerance, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by what you think you can’t eat. That can translate into a boring diet, and may even lead to nutrient deficiencies. An RD can teach you how to read food labels, shop and cook so you’ll know which ingredients to avoid, and help you find substitutions to keep your diet balanced and tasty, too.

A weight-loss or weight-gain program that really works

A registered dietitian will partner with you to develop a safe, effective weight-loss plan that you can stick with for the long haul. To guide and motivate you, an RD will use creative strategies to help with meal planning, grocery shopping, food journaling, and mindful eating. A registered dietitian can suggest additional calorie sources for healthy weight gain or a restricted-calorie eating plan plus a regular physical activity for weight loss while allowing you to still eat all your favorite foods.

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