Registered dietitian works with a client during a nutritional counseling session

What is Nutritional Counseling? FAQ, Benefits, & More

In today’s technology-driven age, it’s never been easier to access possibly hundreds of articles on proper nutrition. Unfortunately, anybody can call themself a nutrition “expert” on the internet.

Proper nutrition is much more than just deciding that you’re going to eat chicken breast and broccoli instead of pizza. That’s why it’s best to seek the informed and personalized advice of a certified dietitian.

Nutritional Counseling can benefit anybody trying to live a healthier lifestyle, allowing you to consult with an expert who has put in thousands of hours of educational training to become a Registered Dietitian.

Read on to find out what Nutritional Counseling is, the differences between a Registered Dietitian and a Nutritionist, and why you should consider Nutritional Counseling as the next step on your health journey.

Understanding Nutritional Counseling

Nutritional Counseling is a personalized nutritional plan tailored to your specific health goals and needs. When undergoing Nutritional Counseling, you’ll be working with a Registered Dietitian who has an advanced degree in Dietetics. A good Registered Dietitian will think of their work as a collaborative effort, and strive to find a plan that helps you build a healthier relationship with food for your body and your mind. The Registered Dietitian will take into account what you eat, how you think about food, any health restrictions you may have, and what you want to achieve on your health journey. Building a relationship based on accountability and trust is the foundation for all quality Nutritional Counseling.

One of the best things about Nutritional Counseling is that it is usually covered by health insurance! Insurance companies view Nutritional Counseling as a yearly preventative services benefit, so you won’t have to break the bank to get ahead on improving your health.

What Can I Expect From Nutritional Counseling?

During the initial session of Nutritional Counseling, a Registered Dietitian will assess your current eating habits, health concerns, any illnesses you may have, and what you want to achieve. They’ll take all of this information and work with you hand in hand to create your own personalized plan to get you started, and work with you in the following sessions to gauge how your progress is going, and make any adjustments that they think you may need.

Who Can Benefit From Nutritional Counseling?

Nutritional Counseling is not limited to a specific group of people. If you’re part of one of the following groups, Nutritional Counseling could potentially be a huge benefit to your overall health.

  • Individuals with chronic health conditions like heart disease or diabetes
  • Athletes aiming to up their performance
  • Individuals seeking weight management
  • Individuals with food allergies or intolerances or gut issues
  • Anyone who is looking to improve their overall health and well-being
  • Anyone who struggles with cravings, energy, or knowing what is best for their unique history and busy lifestyle

Why You Should Opt for a Registered Dietitian over a Nutritionist

There is a massive difference between a Registered Dietitian and a Nutritionist. Even though the names are similar, becoming a Registered Dietitian requires years and years of study, while in some states anybody can call themself a Nutritionist without any kind of certification.

Here is a helpful table that highlights some of the key differences between Registered Dietitians and Nutritionists.

Three-columns describing the various criteria required to be a Registered Dietitian or Nutritionist.

As you can see, a Registered Dietitian is an individual who has dedicated themself to the science of Dietetics, while a Nutritionist can be anybody off of the internet who gives themself the title.

If you want an expert who has taken the time to become a master of their field and who will work with you every step of the way, you want a Registered Dietitian.

Interested in Nutritional Counseling? Choose Chain Effect

If you’re interested in seeing what Nutritional Counseling can do for you, choose Chain Effect. Our passionate group of Registered Dietitians will help develop a personalized plan for you that takes all aspects of your health into account.

While we’re based in Raleigh, Chain Effect offers virtual Nutritional Counseling services nationwide! If you’re interested, click over to our customer-friendly appointment booking tool to set up an appointment.

If you have any questions at all please feel free to contact us. We look forward to meeting you and helping you start your journey to a healthier, happier you!