(Closed) how many people have used/would use a nutritionist?

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
  • poll: have you or would you use a nutritionist to better your health etc?
    i havent used one but i would : (10 votes)
    32 %
    i have used one and they were great and really helped : (8 votes)
    26 %
    i used one and it was a waste of time/money - explain why : (5 votes)
    16 %
    no i wouldnt bother - why : (8 votes)
    26 %
  • Post # 3
    10573 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I haven’t and wouldn’t.  I would see a dietician though.

    I like to stick to people who have proper training, based in science when it’s medically related.

    Post # 4
    993 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Not unless I had a specific health issue that I felt I needed to see a nutritionist for – basic nutrition and healthy eating information is relatively easy to get and to educate yourself with.

    Post # 5
    6743 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I wouldn’t use one because I’m 99% sure anyone can say that they’re a nutritionist without getting any sort of certification, training, education, etc.  Also, I really feel like you could read and learn anything you want by reading and I wouldn’t waste my money on it. 

    Post # 6
    261 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    When I was younger (like 14ish) I went to a dietitian. It was a waste of time because I was a vegetarian, and he kept trying to encourage me to eat meat (he and my parents saw it as a phase). Did not work, I still don’t eat meat.

    If he had been less pushy, and if I had truly desired to change my eating habits, it might have been helpful. Not sure, I won’t be going back to find out.

    Post # 8
    2961 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Well I have a PhD in Biochemistry as well as a Masters in Biology, so I do know quite a bit already. Add to that a lifelong interest in nutrition. One of my fellow professors has a PhD in nutrition, so if I still need info, I can go to him!

    Post # 9
    57 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    If I could see a nutritionist for free, I probably would. But unless I were trying to lose a serious amount of weight or had some health issue, I wouldn’t bother. 

    Post # 10
    947 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Agree with PPs. Anyone can call themselves a nutritionist. Please do your research and see a registered dietitian that can give you the appropriate recommendations.

    Post # 11
    110 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I knew more than both nutritionist I have seen. It was a waste of time and money. I saw a dietitian and she was great, I actually learned a lot from her. She is specialized in pcos and insulin resistance and has advanced degrees though. I don’t think nutritionist are much worth it because if a person is interested in nutrition they are usually researching a lot. I did. they might be useful for someone who is very young. Maybe like middle school so they can start thinking about nutrition. 

    Post # 12
    26 posts

    Just want to put a little bit of correct information out there:

    Nutritionist: anybody can call themselves a nutritionist whether they have a bachelor’s degree in nutrition or picked up all of their knowledge on the internet. Some nutritionist do have a lot of knowledge on the topic but you should carefully research the educational background of the one you are interested in. 

    Registered dietitian: must have a bachelor’s of science in nutrition, complete a certified 8 month- 1 year internship, pass the qualifying exams, and keep up on their continuing education. Youre more likely to get solid, scientific advice from a registered dietitian than you are from a nutritionist. Obviously not all dietitians are good at their profession (just like not all doctors or lawyers are..) but they are your safer option. 

    To note, someone with a bachelor’s degree in nutrition can work at a place like Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig or could open their own “nutrition” clinic. They couldn’t, however,  work in a hospital as a dietitian or be covered under insurance.


    Hope this clears things up a little 🙂


    Post # 13
    6359 posts
    Bee Keeper

    If nutrition wasn’t one of my pet hobbies I’d probably consider using one (to obtain a healthy eating lifestyle), but I don’t know how I’d tell a quack from a good one, if I didn’t already know what I know.

    The US guidelines are not fully accurate… they’re better than a diet of ice cream and doritos, but so are a lot of quack diets… and how would I know unless I researched it myself that things like “food acidity diets” and “fasting cleanses” are a bunch of hooey?

    Post # 14
    26 posts

    @joya_aspera:  This is why going to a registered dietitian is more helpful than a nutritionist in many cases. They will give you a diet plan/advice based on science and healthy eating and what works with your lifestyle, not crazy fad diets. 

    Post # 15
    5405 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Nope. I know more than a lot of “nutritionists” and the USDA guidelines are a joke. Healthy is subjective anyway. If I went to someone who told me the healthiest way to eat was to be vegan, I would leave because I believe differently. Likewise some people don’t think the raw dairy that I eat is healthy. There’s a lot of personal preference/differences of opinion involved in “healthy” eating. 

    Post # 16
    9578 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I wouldn’t unless I had a specific health issue.  There is soo much information available for free online and if you are interested…you can learn a lot!

    I’ve always had an interest in nutrition, so I don’t really feel I have a need for one.  And I don’t have any special dietary or health issues.

    Plus my mom is a dietitian and I’ve asked her a few questions before.

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