What’s it like to see a Dietitian?

by Lauren James on May 6, 2017

Why?

Dietary advice is all around us. It’s on the internet, in books, in commercial ads and on popular television weight-loss shows. But, despite having more access to this information than ever before, our waistlines continue to expand.

You don’t wait until all your teeth have rotted to see a dentist, so why wait until you have type-2 diabetes or are nutritionally unwell to go and see a dietitian for help?

 

Definition

Accredited Practising Dietitians (APDs) are university-qualified professionals that undertake ongoing training and education programs to ensure that they are your most up-to-date and credible source of nutrition information. They translate scientific health and nutrition information into practical advice, and practise in line with Dietitians Association of Australia Professional Standards”

Dietitians are able to provide individually tailored nutritional advice to suit their clients needs and requirements as well as empower their clients to achieve healthy lifestyle changes long-term to achieve good health. We look at the whole picture, not just the food.

Dietitians know that losing weight is much more involved than calories in versus calories out.

In private practice consulting, is common to see clients who aren’t getting results because they may actually not be eating enough, or the timing and/or balance of their meals isn’t matched with their body’s requirements to help achieve optimal nutrition or sports performance. This is where a dietitian, or even a sports dietitian can help educate and manipulate your food choices regarding quality and quantity as well as timing and food environments to help achieve the best version of yourself in line with your goals and aspirations. Not one client is the same and after an initial nutritional consult an experienced dietitian will be able to underline what is holding you back from reaching your goals and then tailor advice to lead you in the right direction.

Again not one size fits all with this mode of delivering dietary advice and dietitians are able to be flexible in terms of deciding on a strategy to present such information. Some clients request a structured plan to help them decide exactly what to eat, others just want portion advice, help with meal planning or recipe ideas. Some do better with 3 simple goals to work on over the next few weeks or a more flexible plan to suit their lifestyle. One thing when consulting with a dietitian is to be clear in what you think may work better for you. If you know that you won’t follow a structure, then a structured meal plan may not work for you and that is fine.

Don’t wait any longer! Get the answers you’re after from an Accredited Practicing Dietitian, considered an expert in the field of nutrition for health, weight management and disease prevention.

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