Registered Dietitian vs Nutritionist What is the difference

Registered Dietitian vs Nutritionist What is the difference

Keeping in line with our mission to provide only the best services to our clientele, we only allow Registered Dietitian’s to provide nutritional coaching services at Science Fitness.

With a quick certification on-line or no certification at all, anyone can claim to be a “Nutritionist”. A Registered Dietitian is an expert in food and nutrition. They give dietary advice, help promote healthy eating habits, develop specific diets for people, and participate in nutrition research. They are regulated by the American Dietetic Association (ADA). They must meet strict educational and professional prerequisites and pass a national exam before they are registered dietitians.

Registered Dietitians do not “sell” anything – they educate. They have no specific diet company’s plan to push, since the plan is built around you, the client, not vice versa. Our Dietitian’s Nutritional Coaching relies on regular grocery store (not diet company) food, and lifestyle changes. Another plus–RDs have a 4-year degree and go through a mandatory internship.  Dietitians also must pass a registration exam and pursue continuing education requirements of the ADA. They are truly nutrition professionals and have much more nutrition training than your typical MD. They are considered health care professionals.

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