Nutritionist or Dietitian ?

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.

What is the Difference between a Nutritionist and a Dietitian?

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).

Nutritionists & Nutritional Therapist

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 :

  • British Association of Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT)
  • Naturopathic Nutrition Association (NNA)
  • Nutritional Therapy Council (NTCC)
  • Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).

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