Why seeing a dietitian is worth your time (and money!)
October 3, 2020
Most people recognise diet as being an integral factor in health, but with all the nutrition information available on social media, in books, magazines or TV programs, it’s becoming hard to distinguish between the garbage and real evidence-based advice. Because of this often conflicting information, there has been a discrediting to the dietetic profession and the credibility of the industry. There are many “experts” providing information, however its validity can be questioned.
How do you become a dietitian?
To be a dietitian you must complete a minimum of 4 years of study at university. The degree, excluding nutrition, also includes chemistry, biology, pharmacology (the study of medical conditions) as well as research projects and clinical placements that give students real-life experience with real-life clients, before they step into the professional workforce. Only then can a dietitian register as an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD).
After becoming an APD, you must complete 30 hours of professional development each year to uphold this status. This is overseen and regulated by the governing body for dietitians, the Dietitians Association of Australia. In short, to keep your status as an APD you must keep up with the evidence and research surrounding nutrition and only provide clients with evidence-based nutrition advice. Dietitians are held to a high and professional standard to the information they disclose to their clients. accountable for the information they disclose.
Put yourself in the shoes of a client of a dietitian for a moment. You have been diagnosed with a medical condition, and told diet plays a significant role in the management of that condition. You opt for a quick Google search to find some more information – herein lies the problem. There is so much information there, and you try to put into practice some of the dietary tips that have come up. Time passes and you’re still unsure about the usefulness and credibility of what you’re doing. Importantly, your condition hasn’t changed. This is where a dietitian separates themselves from Doctor Google.
A dietitian takes out the guessing game. They have the advice and recommendations with the highest level of research behind them so that an appropriate management plan can swiftly be put into place and your health begins to improve. Not only is the information more credible but the support and guidance provided by your dietitian is crucial to achieving sustainable lifestyle/dietary changes.
As many people you have experienced, making dietary changes are sometimes not easy, especially if you are of the belief that you have to be on a restrictive diet. Don’t waste your time, money and energy until you are fully informed.
New research is continually and rapidly coming out in nutrition areas. It is a dietitian’s job to remain connected with this research so that the public can remain informed about what is best for their health and wellbeing. Decisions regarding your health are too important to be swayed by the opinions of influential figures who aren’t being held accountable for the information they release to the public. So, if you are ready to take a proactive approach to your nutrition, and your health, contact us today, setup a consultation with one of our dieticians in Camberwell and start becoming the best version of yourself you can be.
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