Is a dietitian and a nutritionist the same thing?
The main difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist is that a dietitian has undertaken complex and extensive studies under supervision involving clinical nutrition, human nutrition, food service management and medical nutrition therapy.
As a result of their substantial studies, a dietitian is considered a dietitian and a nutritionist, however a nutritionist without a degree in dietetics cannot practice as a dietitian.
Does a dietitian only help with weight loss?
No, a dietitian is trained in many areas of human nutrition and assists people in understanding the relationship between diet and disease. A dietitian can provide you advice on a wide range of topics including diabetes- type 1, type 2 and gestational, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, gastrointestinal health such as IBS, celiac disease, crohns disease, ulcerative colitis, osteoporosis, cancer, food allergies and many more!
Do all dietitians have a perfect diet, free from all unhealthy foods?
Of course not! The reason most dietitians have chosen their profession is because they have a love for food! However, they believe in moderation and incorporating a wide variety of foods into the diet (yes including chocolate) along with an active lifestyle.
Do carbohydrates cause weight gain?
No. Excess calories cause weight gain. Excess calories from carbohydrates are not more fattening than calories from other sources.
Carbohydrates are an important part of a healthy diet as they provide fuel for your body and brain to use. There is no scientific evidence that supports the avoidance of carbohydrates from your diet for weight loss. In fact due to their fibre content carbohydrates can help you to feel fuller for longer.
Should I take a multivitamin?
Multivitamins should not be used as a substitute for a healthy diet. Specific vitamin and mineral supplements may be needed for people who are unable to meet their recommended dietary intakes through food. For example, a vegan may need to take an iron supplement if their blood tests show low iron.
What foods should I try to avoid when losing weight?
Try to avoid foods that give you a quick burst of energy but then leave you feeling hungry and lethargic a short time later. These foods include alcohol, soda, juice, sugary beverages, diet beverages, processed foods, fried foods, heavy creams and sauces, sugary foods, high-fat foods, anything battered, excess cheese, excess salt, and too many sweets.