Got a question for our Dietitian? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
There is a lot of misunderstanding out there in regards to who can do what when it comes to providing nutrition advice. Who is the best person to help you with your specific needs. Some of the most commonly asked questions about Dietitians and our team are answered for you below.
How do the online dietitian sessions work?
Easy! Face-to-face meetings are very important in discovering who you are and what type of nutrition plan is going to be right for your special needs, your lifestyle and your personality. If you can’t make it into the office for a physical meeting, the next best thing is an online Dietitian session. Using Skype, Facebook messenger or whatever else suits you; we will be able to chat face-to-face and do all the same things we would do in the office. So wherever you are in Australia, or whatever your busy schedule entails, we will be able to fit in an appointment!
What's the difference between face to face and online dietitian?
In terms of the professionalism, support and of course results, NOTHING! Whether it be online or in person, our Accredited Practising Dietitians do both and don’t feel there is any difference in the quality of service they can offer. In fact many of our Dietitians feel they can offer better service and results online as they can help people in remote areas that don’t have Dietitians and can also offer sessions outside traditional office hours. Not to mention we are more than happy to screen record your sessions for you so you have everything you spoke about exactly as you heard it the first time. Compare that to walking out of an in person appointment and trying to remember it all!
Do you prescribe diets?
Yes! One of the things you can expect from your one-on-one time with a dietitian is a meal plan that is 100% designed for you.
Having a specific meal plan is a great starting point to get you to change the way you eat, but this can only take you so far. More importantly, a dietitian can help you with the process of changing to a healthy lifestyle. We teach you the practical life skills of goal setting, self-monitoring, overcoming hurdles, preventing relapse and managing life-long challenges like birthdays, holidays, take away food and menu planning for your whole family.
Can a Dietitian help with weight loss?
Absolutely. Of course losing weight should be a balance between healthy eating and exercise. But as we know, you can’t out-exercise a bad diet. A dietitian will be able to help you build a nutrition plan that accommodates your exercise program so you can have plenty of fuel to work hard and to maintain your lean, muscle mass which is so important for metabolism, strength and bone density. The focus is on losing fat and maintaining muscle – not just losing WEIGHT. The greatest success people have with losing fat and keeping it off over the long term – is through a combination of diet and exercise!
What's the difference between a Dietitian, Nutritionist and weight loss coach?
Anyone who is a Personal Trainer or ‘weight loss coach’ is able to provide generalised nutrition advice only, they are NOT allowed to provide personalised meal plans or provide nutrition advice for clients with medical conditions. There is currently no government regulation on the title ‘Nutritionist’ so it can be hard to know what qualifications a person has. Both Nutritionists and Dietitians aim to assist people achieve optimal health through food and nutrition. The main difference between the two professions is that only a Dietitian (with an accreditation from the Dietitians Association of Australia) is qualified to provide medical nutrition therapy or clinical nutrition consultations in either an individual or group setting, and has to undertake years of tertiary study including clinical placement in order to earn their title.
I have allergies/special needs/intolerances can you cater to that?
Yes! Working with an Accredited Practicing Dietitian is a great option when you have special dietary needs, as this is outside the scope of practice for most Personal Trainers. The special needs we can cater for include everything from fussy eaters to chronic health conditions. Some of the major issues dietitians can assist with include Diabetes, Metabolic disorders, Intolerances, Allergies, Gastro-esophageal reflux, Coeliac disease, Irritable bowel disorder, Hypertension, Heart disease and many more!
Why should I pay for a Dietitian when there's cheaper options out there?
You’ll get what you pay for! We find most so called “personal” food plans and diets you buy online are anything but personal. They’re a ready-made plan only partly personalised to your attributes. Additionally many Personal Trainers or weight loss coaches who offer meal plan simply aren’t qualified or insured to do what they do and are operating outside of their scope of practice. Note, we ensure all of our Personal Trainers operate within their scope of practice in regard to nutritional advice, and like any real professional they know when to recommend the support of a Dietitian to client.
How much support do you give?
Just like any professional you have an appointment with either face to face or online we are there for the support you need. Your Australian Dietitian is only ever a call or an email away. Some clients find all the support they need is the triple pack and a couple of follow up queries down the track. Other clients find they like to book in a follow up appointment every month or two until they achieve their goal. You’re an individual, so we work with you to give you the right amount of support.
Do I have to exercise as well?
In the same way it’s hard to be completely healthy and lean from exercise alone, it’s hard to be completely healthy and lean from food alone. You don’t “have to” exercise, but we recommend it for optimal results. As one of Australia’s largest Personal Training companies we recommend our own team if there’s a Trainer near you. If you already have your own Trainer or keep fit at the Gym at home or in a sport we’re they’re to support you keeping up the great work.
Do I have to buy supplements?
Definitely not. We’re all about you eating real food for real results. Whilst some supplements can occasionally aid in this, they are only recommended when appropriate, and unlike many invested in a certain brand, we have no financial incentive to promote one over another.
Who is Fitness Enhancement?
Founded in 1999, Fitness Enhancement has grown to become one of Australia’s largest Personal Training companies with Trainers across Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and the Gold Coast. Recognized as an industry leader with a long line of awards and success stories you can be assured of the same great service and results from a Fitness Enhancement Dietitian.
What is a Dietitian?
According to the Dietitian’s Association of Australia (DAA):
Accredited Practising Dietitians (APDs) have the qualifications and skills to provide expert nutrition and dietary advice. APDs are university-qualified professionals that undertake ongoing training and education programs to ensure that they are your most up-to-date and credible source of nutrition information, in line with DAA Professional Standards.
APDs are trained to assess nutritional needs. They also assist people to manage health conditions and diseases using food as Medical Nutrition Therapy. APDs help treat a wide range of conditions including diabetes, heart disease, cancers, gastrointestinal diseases, food allergies, food intolerances, disordered eating as well as overweight and obesity.
APDs can help with everyday healthy eating by translating scientific health and nutrition information into practical advice. APDs:
- Assess individual nutritional needs
- Develop personalised eating plans
- Develop medical nutrition therapy plans
- Deliver group nutrition education sessions
- Sort out nutrition fact from fiction
- Undertake nutrition and food research
- Train health care professionals
- Develop nutrition communications, programs and policies.
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