Fitness and Nutrition Specialist in Menlo Park, Atherton and Palo Alto, CA
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Health and fitness are incredibly important for our quality of life. It can be as simple as regular exercise and proper dietary habits, yet is often hard to achieve with the abundance of convenient quick-fixes around us. With fast-food restaurants on every corner, and the convenience of driving, it is hard to immerse oneself in a healthy lifestyle. But don’t be discouraged! Entre Nous Aesthetics is here to help!
What is the difference between a dietician and a nutritionist?
Keto, Flexible, Vegetarian, Mediterranean, Atkins – these are just some of the diet fads that made rounds this year. In this day and age, information about food is so overwhelming. The problem is, there is so much differing information when it comes to nutrition that the healthiest way to eat can be really hard to figure out. Hence, it makes sense that a lot of people put their diet plans in the hands of a nutritionist.
Before we proceed, let us first define what a nutritionist is; and how it differs from a registered dietitian. Although these two professions are related, many people use the terms “nutritionists” and “dietitians” interchangeably. The biggest difference between them is the legal restrictions that each title carries. Only those who are registered with Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) may legally declare themselves as Registered Dietitians (RDs). On the other hand, the nutritionist profession is much less protected under the law and are often free from government regulations. Some states may require nutritionists to obtain an occupational license from a Nutritional Board, while other states allow individuals to practice as nutritionists without any previous education, training, or work experience.
Is going to a nutritionist worth it?
You’ll go beyond fad diets. Nutritionists do not try and sell you diet trends just because everyone on the internet is telling you to try them. Instead, they help you find a diet that is actually fit for you and your lifestyle. Your nutritionist wants you to succeed long-term.
They can design personal plans. Though seeking pieces of advice online and reading about other people’s diet experiences can be interesting and convenient, these plans may not exactly work for your body. A nutritionist considers many factors before they design your health plan. Medical nutrition therapy or nutrition counseling is based on the individual’s biophysical makeup and lifestyle habits. Nutritionists typically ask what kind of foods you usually eat, your fitness routines, and your health history. By gathering all this information, they use their expertise to develop a diet plan that is right for you. Through this, you will receive personalized care as opposed to blanket-approach advice from the internet, diet books, and nutrition trends that may or may not work for you.
They can help you achieve your fitness goals. Whether you are trying to cut weight or trying to put on some healthy muscle mass, a nutritionist can help you achieve your goals by sharing effective weight-loss or weight-gain routines. If you are having trouble making progress with your current diet and fitness lifestyle, a little help from a nutritionist may be exactly what you need.
They can spot nutrient deficiencies. Even if you think you are following a balanced diet, you could still be missing nutrients in your daily food intake that may make a major impact on the way you feel. Hiring a nutritionist or dietitian can help you discover what may be lacking. Dietitians are trained to spot nutrient deficiencies and help you to correct them. If you have allergies and other dietary restrictions, they are the right people to talk to as they will consider these during your consultation. They can also help manage symptoms of illnesses such as Diabetes and Hypertension. If your diet is a main contributing factor to your disease, a nutritionist may even be able to help lessen the severity.
They can help you develop a healthy relationship with food. A good nutritionist will not only help you figure out what to eat, but they will also help you sustain a good relationship with your diet. They administer nutrition advice in a manner that encourages healthy eating behaviors and lifestyle sustainability. Some give strategies like mindful eating, journaling, assisted grocery shopping, or simply holding you accountable. Nutritionists, apart from helping you strengthen your knowledge of food, may also help you improve your body image, boost your self-confidence, and support your daily lifestyle.
Do Nutritionists help you lose weight?
A nutritionist can help you achieve a healthy weight-loss that can be maintained long-term. They will look into your diet, lifestyle and health issues, often asking you to keep a food diary in the initial stages. This gives the nutritionist an idea of where your diet may need changing according to your habits.
If you or someone you know is looking to make some healthy changes, here at Entre Nous Aesthetics we can help! We have a team of health experts, from nutritionists to dieticians, and have every facet covered! Contact our office today to get in touch with a specialist. To book an appointment, call us or visit us online!