Choosing a Nutritionist

Why consult with a nutrition specialist?

By consulting a nutritionist you can increase your chances of successful weight loss..

Dietician or Nutritionist

Dieticians are registered with the Health Professions Council and work with ill and healthy people. They fulfil a therapeutic and preventative role.

Nutritionists can only work with healthy people and fulfil a preventative role. They are not registered with the Health Professions Council.

In the case of weight loss a good nutritionist will be of great benefit.

Qualities of a good nutritionist

Their main role is to aid weight loss through exploring the reasons and motivations behind wanting to loose weight. They also will try to help the person to feel contented and at peace with their body.
  • Part of their role is they try to understand the relationship between putting on weight and eating habits Unravelling the situations when your turn to binge eating, stressful situation and their consequences.
  • They explain the fundamental points of a diet and weight loss:
    • There is no one miracle diet which works for everyone, an individual approach needs to be taken
    • Each person has a personal history which affects their weight
    • They can advise regarding yoyo dieting and bad diets which can cause obesity.
  • It is important you connect with your nutritionist and a good rapor established so that a trustworthy and a supportive relationship is established.
  • Ensure your consultation is tailor made to you and is not a standardised handout given to you at the end of your consultation. Time must be taken to individualise your dietary needs.

A diet is likely to fail if the relationship between you and your nutritionist is not a good one.

The first consultation is crucial

During this first consultation the nutritionist should elicit the following;
  • Know how you put on weight, determine when it began, when it worsened, and in which circumstances.
  • Know your ideal weight and shape
  • Point out regularly made mistakes and bad eating habits
  • Understand your reasons for nibbling.
  • Explain how stress is implicated in putting on additional weight
  • Be informed about your medical and surgical history
  • Allow an opportunity for you to talk about your reasons to loose weight and to air any anxieties, and frustrations and unravel any traumatic events which have occurred in your life
  • Take baseline measurements of your waist and weight
  • Give the initial nutritional advice
  • Establish a customised diet combined with regular exercise
  • Suggest a referral to your GP if there are health concerns
  • Sometimes advise psychological therapies

Successive consultations are likely to be are shorter, approximately 15 to 30 minutes: they are essential in order to supervise the patient, his weight loss, his mistakes and to motivate him regularly.

Consultations are regularly carried out until the end of the agreed period.

Many nutritionists advise to continue a monitoring once or twice a year in order to confirm the proper stabilisation of the patient's weight.

A nutritionist who promises miracles, does not take time to listen to you, at most offers 15 minutes in the first consultation and makes you feel guilty. This must lead you to get a second opinion.

Be wary of products or medications offered to you and seek the opinion of your GP before taking them.
Ask a question
CCM is a leading international tech website. Our content is written in collaboration with IT experts, under the direction of Jean-François Pillou, founder of CCM reaches more than 50 million unique visitors per month and is available in 11 languages.


This document, titled « Choosing a Nutritionist », is available under the Creative Commons license. Any copy, reuse, or modification of the content should be sufficiently credited to CCM Health (