As many of us know, the buddy system shouldn’t be underestimated. It’s not that we don’t know what to do, it’s actually doing it that proves to be difficult.Food is so cultural and habitual. Undoing decades of habits (including eating dishes from places we’ve always loved) because of health concerns is a big task for someone to do alone. We looked into a few types of nutrition experts to help you find the person who will optimize your health. Is it a nutritionist? A registered dietitian? A health coach? Watch our guide video to learn more.
One thing to note— certification and training for all of these experts varies.
There’s no formal training or regulation around the term “nutritionist” alone, or the certification around it. If you choose to work with a nutritionist, be sure to ask:
Where is your degree from?
What is your degree in?
How long was your program?
How specialized is your training?
For health coaches, there are a couple different options for certification. Healthcare professionals can become certified health coaches (CHCs) through the National Society of Health Coaches. Healthcare and fitness professionals can study with the American Council on Exercise (ACE) to become ACE Health Coaches. Health coaches go through training (the length varies) that usually covers holistic lifestyle approaches and different diets.