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What's the difference between a Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist?

There is a lot of misunderstanding concerning the difference between the two titles, Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist. They are similar in the sense that they both deal with nutrition and diet, but both words do not define the same occupation. The main difference between the two is the education and standards required to be labeled either a RD or nutritionist.

A Registered dietitian is required to have higher education, practical experience in the medical field, and must have passed a nationally accredited exam. This is why they are considered a health professional and can assist medical staff with patients to improve their nutritional health and to prevent and treat illnesses. On the other hand, anyone could technically call themselves a nutritionist because the title isn’t regulated or protected. To be considered a nutritionist doesn’t require proof of qualifications or professional training; therefore, a nutritionist shouldn’t be used in assisting those who have been diagnosed with an illness or those who are in the process of preventing diseases. Nutritionists should only be limited to teaching clients about general knowledge on food and behaviors associated to eating.

If you are seeking proper advice about your diet or health issues associated with eating, then it is best to seek out a Registered Dietitian. There is just too much unknown about the experience you may get with someone who calls themselves a nutritionist because of the lack of requirements to use this title.  All of our dietitian at Fit therapy of Texas are registered dietitians and are held to very high standards. Due to this we see amazing RESULTS in our clients seeking to improve their health through diet and nutrition. We also have fitness specialists and mental health counselors on staff to help support and promote a well-rounded and healthy lifestyle.

If you are interested in finding a facility that truly cares about you and guarantees results then Fit Therapy of Texas is right for you. You can contact us here or by phone at 210-495-3131, or just swing by and visit us at 19141 Stone Oak Parkway #603, San Antonio, TX 78258.

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