In these days of fad diets, crazy exercise routines guaranteed to make you lose weight and get in shape and dietary supplements promising to fix whatever ails
you, there is one other avenue to consider when it comes to professional help to improve your health. Seeking the advice of a nutritionist or dietitian can make all
the difference between choosing the next wacky diet plan to fail at or choosing a sensible eating plan that can truly produce results.
Dietitians have been around in school cafeterias and hospitals for a long time. Their role was to provide a balanced meal, covering the basic food groups, to
students or patients while under their care. It's only been in the past few decades that colleges and universities starting offering a nutritionist degree at all
levels and even an associates degree in dietary technology at the community college level.
These nutritionists and dietitians are able to offer nutritional advice far beyond that which was available in the days of the school dietitian and hospital cafeteria
dietitian. A nutritionist today with a nutritionist degree is educated in biology, chemistry and anatomy as well as knowing how to cook and serve a meal. If your
nutritional needs go beyond the basics and you're looking for someone to supply you with a balanced diet program to help you lose weight, build muscle, restore
your overall health or help you deal with a medical condition, a nutritionist is the professional for you.
During your first appointment with a nutritionist or dietitian, you can expect to fill out a lengthy questionnaire covering current eating habits, likes and dislikes,
potential allergy issues, past and present medical conditions, family history and lifestyle choices. The answers to these questions will provide your nutritionist
dietician with a complete background on you, your goals and your particular needs. The nutritionist may also request you see your family doctor for a routine
Your nutritionist will complete an eating plan for you to follow that will take into account any medical conditions that could be adversely influenced by the foods
you eat, your physical strengths and limitations, as well as your personal goals. To achieve the results you're seeking, it's important to follow the guidelines set up
by the nutritionist as closely as possible. You can expect to make at least a few follow up visits anytime you enlist the services of nutritionists.
Most nutritionists and dietitians promote a well-rounded program of improvements to your lifestyle. Vitamin and mineral supplements may be called for in your
nutrition plan. Almost certainly a level of physical activity will be considered part of the agenda. Any nutritionist with a nutritionist degree will understand and
promote the value of exercise as part of a healthy eating program. They may also suggest the elimination of any bad habits you may have acquired, such as
smoking or alcohol use. As your nutritionist will explain to you, an overall healthy person needs to address every aspect of living a healthy lifestyle.