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Virtual Nutrition Counseling: What You Need to Know

At Chain Effect, our certified nutrition counselors are often asked the question, “How can I lose weight beyond diet and exercise?” Here, our expert dietitian Caroline Pope provides the answer.

If you’re looking for a convenient and effective way to eat more nutritious meals, develop a healthier relationship with food, or manage a health condition related to your diet, booking a virtual nutrition counseling appointment can be a great choice. During a virtual nutrition counseling appointment, a nutritional counselor or dietitian will give you a variety of information about diet, help you develop a nutritional plan, and help guide you along the path to reach your goals.

What Is Virtual Nutrition Counseling?

Just like its in-person counterpart, virtual nutrition counseling aims to help patients eat healthier, develop a meal plan, or manage health conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes. Instead of holding an in-person appointment, a virtual nutrition counselor or dietitian will perform the session online through a video or phone call with their patient. Some nutrition counselors may offer in-person and virtual appointments to ensure their patients can meet with them in whatever way is most convenient to them.

How Does a Virtual Nutrition Counseling Appointment Work?

Virtual nutrition counseling appointments will vary by provider, but most virtual nutrition counseling sessions have a few key features. When you’re starting out, the provider will explain how you access the virtual appointment and send you a link or have you download an app that you can use to meet with your nutrition counselor.

Once your appointment starts, the nutrition counselor will begin by reviewing your general health and medical history. They might inquire about:

They’ll often also ask about your eating habits, any medications or supplements you take, and your physical activity levels. Make sure to be honest with your provider, as this will help them develop a plan unique to your needs.

After they take the time to get to know you and your health history, they’ll usually walk you through the strategies of healthy eating, how to understand nutritional information on labels, and some beneficial ways to categorize the food we eat. Many nutritional counselors will also help you recognize negative thought patterns and develop a mindful approach to food. Next, they’ll assist with setting goals and making dietary changes. Finally, they’ll create a personalized nutrition plan aimed at helping you reach your dietary goals while staying within your grocery budget.

What Are the Benefits of Online Nutrition Counseling?

As you consider doing nutrition counseling online, review some of the primary advantages of virtual nutrition counseling below:

  • Convenient appointments: Driving to any sort of appointment can throw a wrench in your day and can be costly if you live far away from your dietitian or nutrition counselor. By offering virtual nutrition counseling, online dietitians make it much easier for patients to access their services. If you can’t find time for in-person appointments or simply prefer having appointments online, online nutrition counseling is an ideal choice. You can do it from the comfort of your own couch, car, or work desk.
  • Scheduling flexibility: Since these types of appointments aren’t held in person, they often offer greater scheduling flexibility and don’t always stick to a nine-to-five. Many virtual dietitians will offer early-morning or late-afternoon and evening appointments, ensuring more people can access their services. Instead of having to take time off work, you can have your session in the evening to avoid time conflicts.

Alongside these benefits of virtual sessions, they also offer all the primary benefits of in-person nutrition counseling, including:

  • Strategies to reach a healthy weight: If you go to a nutritional counselor for weight management, they’ll develop a plan that helps you lose or gain some pounds. The counselor should give you a goal of how many calories you need to lose or gain weight and ensure your dietary plan provides a healthy balance of nutrients.
  • Accountability for maintaining healthy habits: One of the hardest parts of sticking to a diet or making smart food choices is not having anyone to keep you accountable. With a virtual nutrition counselor in your corner, you’ll have someone who can keep you accountable, check in with you, and encourage you to maintain healthy eating habits.
  • Assistance managing health conditions: Many health conditions can be impacted by your diet. For example, those with high blood pressure or diabetes can work with a virtual nutrition counselor to develop a dietary plan that helps manage these conditions. By helping you improve your diet, virtual nutrition counseling can reduce and sometimes eliminate physical symptoms associated with various health conditions.

Schedule an Online Nutrition Counseling Appointment With Chain Effect Today

If you’d like to receive the benefits of virtual nutrition counseling, trust the registered dietitians and nutrition counselors at Chain Effect. When you turn to Chain Effect for nutritional counseling, you can expect your dietitian to combine habit science and psychology to help you develop a healthier relationship with food while also tailoring diet sessions and plans to your specific needs. We also offer virtual nutrition counseling sessions that are in-network with MedCost, BCBS NC, Cigna, Aetna, and UnitedHealthcare to ensure you can receive affordable and convenient nutritional counseling.

Learn more about our virtual nutrition counseling services today. If you’d like to make an appointment or have any questions, please contact us online or call us at (919) 504-5184.


Our registered dietitians focus on accountability to build a trusting relationship and create a safe space to dig deep into your nutrition goals

Authored by:
Caroline Pope, MS, RDN, LDN

Caroline Pope began practicing as a Registered Dietitian in 2015 after completing her Master of Science in Nutrition from Meredith College and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UNC Chapel Hill.