Post # 1
just curious as to how many people have use , or would use, a nutritionist to help them with weight loss/healthier lifestyle?
what would stop you from NOT using one? price, unconfident, what?
many thanks ladies (and gents)
Post # 3
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
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
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
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 # 7
these have been so insightful! thanks guys
Post # 8
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
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
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
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
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
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
@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
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
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.