The RD Difference

If you have tried everything to reach a healthy weight but nothing is working for you, it might be time to try an Registered Dietitian.

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists are recognized as the food and nutrition experts. This means that they have met academic and professional requirements set forth by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) including:

  • Earned a bachelor’s degree and completed dietetic course work approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
  • Completed a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice.
  • Passed the national RD Exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
  • Extensive background in physiology, biochemistry, and medical nutrition
  • Rapport with physicians, nurses, and pharmacists
  • Knowledge of food-drug interactions
  • Recipe and meal planning experience

A registered dietitian can help you break through nutrition misinformation to get to the simple facts. An RD can even help you translate these facts into sound, easy-to-follow nutrition advice (personalized for your unique needs) for a win-win-win.

Here are just a few of the benefits of working with a registered dietitian nutritionist:

The highest level of nutrition counseling. 

Personally tailored advice. 

Help managing chronic diseases. 

Guidance navigating food allergies, sensitivities and intolerances. 

A weight loss program that really works. 

Medical nutrition therapy (MNT) provided by a Registered Dietitian results in both statistically and clinically significant weight loss in overweight and obese adults. Four studies regarding the effectiveness of medical nutrition therapy for under six months reported significant weight losses of approximately one to two pounds per week. Four studies regarding the effectiveness of MNT from six to twelve months reported significant average weight losses of up to 10% of body weight. Four studies report maintenance of this weight loss beyond one year.

 

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