What is a Dietitian and how are they different from other nutrition providers
At Total Body Nutrition we are Accredited Practicing Dietitians. Dietitians have undergone a three year undergraduate degree in Nutrition Science plus 1-2 years Masters in Dietetics. This is the highest level of training someone in this feild can have.
Seeing a “Nutritionist”, “Naturopath” or “Health Coach” is different because these terms are not regulated, therefore anyone with any type of qualification can call themselves this. If you are not careful your practitioner could have less than 12 months of study and charging you the same fees. They are also not as well trained in medical nutrition management. If you have multiple health issues it is best to see a Dietitian.
Dietitians need to be Accredited with the Dietitians Association of Australia to ensure we keep our knowledge and skills up to date, and we are providing best practice information.
Anyone can get nutrition advice and meal plans from the internet or other unreliable sources. You want to ensure you are getting reliable, evidence-based adice advice suitable for for your medical neesd and lifestlye.
Why would you see a Dietitian?
to see assistance with :
- Weight loss or weight gain
- Diabetes/ Insulin resistance
- High cholesterol and triglycerides
- Food Intolerances
- Irritabel Bowel Syndrome and the Low FODMAP diet
- Childhood Nutrition including fussy eating
- Diets for kidney and liver disease
- Sports Nutrition
- Diets for the elderly and osteoporosis
- If you have several health conditions you may qualify for a Chronic Disease Management Plan through your GP, which will reduce out of pocket cost