Many people see nutritionists as weight loss coaches. They know that if they want to lose weight, they can go see a nutritionist for help with a meal plan that will promote that weight loss. It is true that nutritionists can help you lose weight and that they provide this service for many people, but it is a mistake to assume that this is all they do. Here are five other reasons why someone would want to see a nutritionist.
1. You suspect you have a food allergy.
Not all food allergies cause anaphylaxis or other extreme reactions. If you are suffering from mild allergy symptoms and you assume they are related to foods, you should visit a nutritionist. They can guide you through trying to eliminate various foods from your diet to narrow down what it is that you're allergic to.
2. You're dealing with acid reflux.
Many people start taking medications to manage their acid reflux, but often acid reflux is related, at least in part, to diet. Your nutritionist can help you narrow down which foods to eat to avoid acid reflux and ease your symptoms, whether as your sole treatment or in conjunction with medications.
3. Your cholesterol levels are high.
If your doctor has informed you that your cholesterol levels are high, they may have given you a basic list of foods to avoid to help bring your cholesterol down. But this type of diet can be vague and tough to follow. Your nutritionist can help you not only avoid foods that may increase your cholesterol but also to eat foods that help lower it. They can also ensure you have plenty of delicious foods in your meal plans so you're less tempted to "cheat."
4. You're stressed out.
Did you know that the foods you eat can affect your stress levels? Your nutritionist can design a diet plan that helps keep you calm, and that also fits into your busy lifestyle. Simply knowing that there are healthy foods you can prepare easily can help lower your stress levels.
5. You're dealing with disordered eating.
If you've been diagnosed with or suspect you have an eating disorder, it's important that you visit with a mental health professional. However, you should also meet with a nutritionist to ensure you know what a healthy diet is and what your specific eating goals should be.
Nutritionists are not just weight loss experts. If you're dealing with any of the issues above, consider meeting with a nutritionist.