RD Q&As: Coaches vs. Dietitians

RD Q&As: Coaches vs. Dietitians

Weight Loss

If you’re thinking about getting started on a weight loss journey, you understand how hard it can be to find the right program for you. With endless options offering help, it can be difficult to find that needle in the haystack. One of the most important things to look for are the health professionals that offer their advice. While anyone with an interest in the field can become a weight loss coach, it takes years of education to become a Registered Dietitian (RD). We feel programs that utilize RDs are superior and more targeted to your needs in the long run.

What is the difference between a nutrition coach and a registered dietitian?

The main difference between a nutrition coach and a RD is education. Nutrition coaches, or nutritionists, do not need any formal training, education or credentials to offer weight loss advice under their title. Most states do not regulate who may use the title “nutritionist”, meaning anyone with an interest in nutrition counseling can be a nutritionist even without expertise or training in medical nutrition therapy. 

Why do we consider registered dietitians better?

RDs receive formal education and a nationally recognized degree. They must complete extensive training and an internship before passing the national competency exam to practice nutrition counseling. 

At BodyLogicMD, we know that proper education and training are key components for providing premier patient care services. Therefore, ShapePro only works with experienced dietitians to help patients achieve their weight loss goals. 

What is the first thing we recommend for successful weight loss?

When patients show interest in weight loss, the first thing we do is applaud their dedication to achieving a healthier life. The first piece of advice we offer is to find a weight loss partner that is just as committed to their goals as they are.

ShapePro’s RDs meet with each patient as frequently as their program allows, offering ongoing support on their weight loss journey. They provide food recommendations, meal plans, fitness routines and the emotional support each patient needs to develop healthy, life-long habits. 

What makes ShapePro’s weight loss program unique?

ShapePro is more than a weight loss program. It is a complete roadmap to a healthier lifestyle. The programs are tailored to your individual needs with precise, at-home blood tests to target your unique body composition and determine personalized medications to try and suit your needs. ShapePro registered dietitians will be at your side to help whenever you need extra motivation to push forward. 

One of the greatest benefits of the programs is cost transparency. Each of these programs deliver related medications, supplies and laboratory testing panels shipped directly to your doorstep in one all-inclusive recurring payment.

Ready to get started on your weight loss journey? Call 888-279-0099 today. 

*Always consult with your practitioner or other qualified healthcare specialist when considering changes to your health, diet or exercise routine. This information is not intended to substitute professional medical advice.