We at Gastro SB know that when it comes to your dietary health and nutrition, it’s important not to cut corners. That’s why when you come to Gastro SB with your unique needs and wishes, you will be evaluated by a bilingual Registered Dietitian.
But what is the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist, and does it matter which one you consult? Many people mistakenly believe that these two titles refer to the same profession, but they are actually quite different.
For example, the requirements for becoming a nutritionist and earning the title of Registered Dietitian are completely different. The fact is that anyone can claim to be a nutritionist and begin seeing clients under that name. That’s because the title Nutritionist isn’t legally regulated.
In contrast, becoming a Registered Dietitian is a challenging process that includes obtaining an education in the specific discipline, supervised practice, passing a standardized exam in the profession, and maintaining continuing education credits to stay abreast of all developments in the field. To begin, a Registered Dietitian must receive a Bachelor’s degree in nutrition through a program accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. It doesn’t end there, as a graduate from such a program must also complete over 1200 hours of supervised practice and pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) exam in order to begin to operate as a legally regulated dietician. Because of Registered Dieticians’ extensive education in the field and experience working with patients, they will certainly have a broader knowledge than nutritionists and will be equipped to employ contemporary scientific practices to assess your nutrition needs and help you to finally lose weight successfully and permanently.
As a Registered Dietician, our professional practitioner has obtained a legally regulated title through a high level of education and experience. That means that you will receive the most appropriate recommendations and plan needed to reach your nutritional and dietary goals, whether for weight loss or something else.
As important as it is that your dietary professional has the knowledge and skills to address your needs, it is equally important for a Registered Dietitian to provide a treatment that takes into account the culture, language, and customs of the individual, as these, greatly influence nutrition. For example, located as we are in Chula Vista, San Diego, our dietitian brings a thorough understanding of the language and customs of the region, keeping in mind our proximity to Tijuana, Mexico.
In addition to understanding the possible cultural differences, it is important to understand the language to effectively serve patients and better manage digestive issues or obesity. Our registered San Diego Dietitian will tailor her assessment to best suit your preferences by collecting measurements, the number of calories, and the type of foods you eat to make appropriate changes and possibly attending our weight loss clinic. And because she is a bilingual dietitian, she can communicate directly with you or your loved one effectively.
If you’re ready to take control of your health, contact us to set up an assessment with our bilingual Registered Dietitian, and get started today.