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

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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