If you would like help changing your diet to improve your health, lose weight, or reduce the symptoms of an existing medical condition then you can see a dietitian, a nutritionist or nutritional therapist.
Nutritionist and dietitian both practice evidence-based medicine and hold the same overarching vision – better health and wellbeing for all.
Dietitian is qualified to assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems. This includes special diets for medical conditions, translating dietary information into calorie-controlled diet plans for clients, to address his or her health goals.
To call yourself a dietitian, you must be registered with The British Dietetic Association (BDA).
Nutritionist draws on a holistic approach to healing which takes into account the whole person – mind, body and spirit. Nutritionist primarily manage the incidence of preventable lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, with diet and lifestyle modifications. Nutritionist will tailor nutrient-dense dietary plans, focusing on macro’s (protein, carbohydrates, and fat) for each individual. Nutritionist can also prescribe nutrients, minerals and vitamins and refer clients for pathology testing and / or functional lab testing.
Nutritionist is a broad term, so it’s important to make sure the one you consult is appropriately qualified.
Look out for membership of the following professional bodies :