So What Does a Dietitian Do?

Aleisha Deane - Dietitian

Do you know what a dietitian does?

We have summarised 5 of the most common things people think that dietitians do – but actually don’t!


#1. Dietitians are the ‘food police’ (aka will stop you eating the foods you love)

As Dietitians, we love and appreciate food beyond its nutrients and understand that many factors influence our food choices (such as taste preferences, socio-economic status, social, environmental, emotional – just to name a few). We also know that diets don’t work and that restriction only makes us crave food even more (we are all human after all!). This pattern of dieting is something we want to avoid for long term health and happiness.

I will work with you and the way you are currently eating to ensure the foods you love are still enjoyed whilst eating in a balanced and sustainable way suited to your goals.

#2. Dietitians just tell you what to eat (and what not to eat)

Dietitians understand that eating is a complex process and that nutrition is not black and white. This is why we spend a lot of time getting to know you at the initial consult, to provide you with the best advice we can specific to YOU and your lifestyle.

I won’t just tell you what to eat, what I will do is, give you the knowledge, skills and support to create healthy habits that are sustainable and achievable for long term health.

#3. Dietitians only eat healthy foods

It is no secret that dietitians love food, and this includes ALL food (this may surprise you – but it’s true!) While we understand the importance of eating well we also recognise the importance of balance, moderation and promoting a healthy relationship with food.

#4. Dietitians only advise about weight loss

Anybody can benefit from seeing a dietitian and while dietitians can advise about weight loss, it’s only one of many conditions we can help with. For a look at some of the other conditions we can help with see the image below:

What Dietitians Can Help With
Dietitians can help with a lot of conditions

#5 Dietitians and Nutritionists are the same

All Dietitians are Nutritionists. However, not all Nutritionists are Dietitians. Dietitians must complete a minimum of four years at university whereas anyone can call themselves a Nutritionist, whether they have completed a short online course or 3 years at university.

The best thing to remember when looking for evidenced based nutrition advice is to look for an Accredited Practising Dietitian or Accredited Nutritionist (university qualified).

Aleisha is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist and is in clinic every Tuesday and Friday from 9am to 6pm. To book an appointment with Aleisha, book online or call the practice on (02) 40232797.

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