What to Expect When Working With a Nutritionist

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Many nutritionists are different. They all have different backgrounds and levels of experience of basic nutrition knowledge, like Health Coaches. Their expertise can range from a 3-month course certification to a 4-year nutrition degree in college, but that does not change how a nutritionist should be right for you. So what would a session with a nutritionist be like?

One thing all good nutritionists have in common is that they know one size does not fit all. First, nutritionists will ask you a series of questions to get to know you and what your goals are. Some questions they ask are below but are most certainly not limited to,

-What are your health goals like?

-Walk me through what you eat day by day.

-On average, how many hours of sleep do you get per night?

-Do you have any food allergies?

-Do you work-out, if so, how active are you?

These questions are posed to clients so nutritionists get to know them on a personal level. Nutritionists who don’t ask at least 10 specific questions that involve your overall health, daily diet, number of hours of sleep, or physical activity, miss out on the opportunity to know who you truly are as a human being.

Not all nutritionist provides a physical appearance because it isn’t necessary to work with them in person but when they do, they like to measure your height, weight, and your size. Some may even invite themselves over your home (with your permission, of course) to look through your kitchen and evaluate the foods you hold in your pantry or have in your fridge. Others may offer to go food shopping with you because they care about your health journey as much as you do, and that is what good nutritionists do regardless of how they serve you.

Next, nutritionists will create a meal plan for you. A meal plan is a spreadsheet of all the foods that are recommended to you by your nutritionist. A basic meal plan should look like this. It should list the meals you should have per meal.

Next, nutritionists will create a meal plan for you. A meal plan is a spreadsheet of all the foods that are recommended to you by your nutritionist. A basic meal plan should look like this. It should list the meals you should have per meal.

Working with a nutritionist is helpful to reach the finish line successfully. This journey is about you and working with a support system will help you reach your goals not only faster, but smarter. Each session may vary by a nutritionist to a nutritionist, but that is why it’s important to work with someone who fits best with your personality.

References:

thePTDC. “Can Personal Trainers Give Diet and Nutrition Advice to Clients?” John Berardi, https://www.theptdc.com/can-personal-trainers-give-diet-and-nutrition-advice-to-clients

“Nutritionist vs Health Coach vs Dietician.” Sharisse Dalby, 3 June 2016, https://www.sharissedalby.com/nutritionist-vs-health-coach-vs-dietitian/

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