Frequently Asked Questions
Why work with a Registered Dietitian?
In gathering information to help you lose weight, it’s important to understand that not all the information readily available on the Internet is correct, it may come from sources that aren’t creditable, and it may not be a realistic or healthy approach to meeting your goals. Registered Dietitians are experts in food and nutrition. They can provide you with factual nutrition information and can help you learn how to apply it to your everyday life.
What is the difference between a Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist?
All Registered Dietitians have the same background, training, and go through the same certification process. Registered Dietitians hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree, have completed an accredited dietetic internship, and have passed a national board exam to become an RD. All Registered Dietitians must also complete continuing education units regularly to maintain their credential and stay up-to-date in the field.
Some Registered Dietitians call themselves Nutritionists, but not all "Nutritionists" are Registered Dietitians. Some states have laws around who can call themselves a Nutritionist, and what areas they can practice in. In other states anyone can call themselves a "Nutritionist"
In order to make sure you are working with a creditable nutrition expert, look for the RD after their name!
What is the difference between a Registered Dietitian and a Doctor?
Registered Dietitians may be knowledgeable of health conditions, but their scope of practice includes working with clients with any type of health condition related to their food and nutrition needs.
Medical doctors are licensed to practice medicine. They are the experts in managing the body, health conditions, and can even recommend what type of diet to follow. One thing to keep in mind is that not all doctors have extensive training or background in nutrition. If you need specific advice regarding a diet they may refer you to a Registered Dietitian.
What is the difference between working with a Registered Dietitian and Personal Trainer?
There are many creditable certification programs available to become a Certified Personal Trainer, but in reality not all Personal Trainers are even certified. Those that are Certified go through extensive training in human anatomy, exercise physiology, fitness and endurance training. And yes, many do have some nutrition training. However they are not considered to be the experts in the nutrition field. Generally it’s not considered to be within a Certified Personal Trainer’s scope of practice to provide more than general nonmedical nutrition information. They have not been trained to complete standard nutrition assessments, and when compared to a trainer’s nutrition background, becoming an RD (the nutrition expert) requires several more years of nutrition education, training, and experience.
What if I have a medical condition? Can a FitDay Dietitian help me?
If you have a medical condition you may still be able to work with a FitDay Dietitian. However, our FitDay Dietitians are not providing any medical nutrition therapy, which would be specifically educating and helping you with a medically prescribed diet. If you have a medical condition and are looking to lose weight or have a healthier lifestyle, our FitDay Dietitians can still assist you on those goals. If you are not sure if this program is right for you because of your medical conditions check with your primary care physician or appropriate health-care professional first. If you need help regarding a specific medically-related diet, then it would be recommended that you obtain the appropriate referral from your primary care physician to see a Registered Dietitian that can provide you with medical nutrition therapy.
Why should I work with a Registered Dietitian if I’m already journaling my food?
Research has shown that self-monitoring strategies such as tracking food may be an important factor in maintaining weight loss. FitDay Dietitians can only add value to your journaling efforts. Your FitDay Dietitian will be able to review your FitDay journals without you doing any extra work. This will make it easy for them to give you suggestions based on your current food choices, help you create specific goals on how to change habits, and give you the support you need to achieve your goals.
Why work with a FitDay Dietitian instead of meeting with a Registered Dietitian in person?
Making an appointment to meet with a Registered Dietitian in person can sometimes be a hassle. They may only be available certain days of the week, likely during business hours, and typically require you to go to their office. Some Dietitians are doing skype or phone consults now, but they are still set appointments that are to be kept. We know you are busy, have a life, and still want to lose weight. We also understand how challenging losing weight can be on your own. With FitDay you can message your personal FitDay Dietitian as often as you would like, on any day of the week, any hour of the day, and from any place you have access to your FitDay website account. We make it easy for you to get the help you need when it is most convenient for you.
Why should I work with a FitDay Dietitian instead of purchasing another online weight loss programs?
There are many different online weight-loss programs available to consumers today. Some offer automated meal plans, where others have you work with consultants, trainers, or coaches. Of the sites that offer you to work with an actual person, few have Registered Dietitians on staff. And from the ones that do have Registered Dietitians your time with them is usually limited. One of the reasons FitDay is unique is that we only hire Registered Dietitians in order to provide you with the highest-quality service to meet your specific nutrition needs. You will also have no limit as to how often you can work with your personal Registered Dietitian. FitDay Dietitians can personalize recommendations to fit into your actual life. There aren’t any cookie-cutter or automated plans here. FitDay Dietitian helps real people work with real Dietitians to meet their goals.
Why don’t you provide a specific meal plan or diet to follow?
Diets don’t work. We’ve all heard that before, but millions of people go on diets every year. What if you could lose weight, keep it off permanently, NOT go on a diet, and even enjoy eating? Well FitDay Dietitians are here to help you do just that. Our Dietitians do not provide meal plans because they are just diets in disguise. They can be difficult to follow, they are not always personalized to your specific needs or likes, and they are not a long-term solution. FitDay Dietitians are here to help you learn not only what healthy eating looks like, but also how to make lifestyle changes and behavior modifications to help you achieve and maintain your weight goal for life.
Why does working with a Registered Dietitian cost so much?
Working with a Registered Dietitian can be costly for even just a one-time visit. Unfortunately not all insurance carriers cover meeting with a Registered Dietitian, and those that do may only cover certain diagnoses or number of visits, or allow you to work with certain Registered Dietitians that may or may not specialize in the area you want help with. Some group programs may be substantially less or free, but they usually provide general information and are not personalized to your needs. Our FitDay Dietitian service allows you to have unlimited follow ups with your own Registered Dietitian on a monthly basis for the price of a single one-hour appointment.
What if I do not like my Registered Dietitian?
We will do our best to initially pair you with a FitDay Dietitian that will be a good fit for what you are looking for. But if you don’t feel that you have a good connection with your Dietitian, or feel that maybe there is someone else even better suited to meet your specific needs, don’t worry. We will be happy to set you up with a different FitDay Dietitian based on your requests at no additional cost to you. We want you to get the most out of working with a Dietitian, so we want you to be happy with your FitDay Dietitian!
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