An RD, or Registered Dietitian, is the true nutrition expert. There are many people and organizations who claim to be weight loss experts or who offer “nutrition” advice, but Registered Dietitians have gone through extensive training and education to become licensed and certified in the state of North Carolina.
To become an Registered Dietitian you must:
- Receive a Bachelor’s degree in dietetics or nutrition from an accredited college or university
- Complete a supervised clinical internship at an accredited institution;
- Successfully complete the national Registration Examination for Dietitians; and
- Maintain recertification by completing at least 75 hours of continuing education every 5 years. Many RDs also have specialties for which they received advanced degrees and specialized certification, this makes RDs the most valuable source for nutrition advice and guidance.
Your first appointment will involve a complete diet and lifestyle assessment. We will discuss what you would like to achieve, set some realistic initial goals and get a plan of action started. It is very beneficial if you complete the patient paperwork ahead of time and fax or e-mail it to our office before your appointment.
A safe rate of weight loss is approximately 0.5 to 2 lbs per week. However, these results are highly dependent upon your current health state, genetic make-up, how your body processes food/calories, and compliance with recommendations. For the best results, a healthy, balanced diet should be combined with adequate physical activity.
Every person is unique and has his or her own personal health goals and challenges. We develop our lifestyle habits over time and to change them requires commitment and time.
Depending on the level of change clients want to make, how committed they are to that change, and their medical history, most clients need at least 3 visits. Some clients feel they are more successful with greater structure and accountability and choose to follow up on a regular basis.