The Difference Between a “Nutritionist” and a “Dietitian”

Published on: September 27, 2017

What can a Dietitian do for you?

Help you:

  • Lose weight
  • Find peace with food
  • Increase energy
  • Decrease body fat
  • Decrease stress & anxiety
  • Improve performance

Dietitians aka Nutritionists provide expertise and guidance for help with weight loss, muscle gain, improved sports performance, management of health conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease, high cholesterol, obesity, stress and anxiety and better overall health. Nutrition & wellness counseling benefits clients of any age. Clients can get help with a special diets such as low-sodium, low-potassium, gluten-free, low-carbohydrate, high-protein, vegetarian, pescatarian, or vegan. Adults and children who have food allergies, intolerances, or diabetic needs can also benefit from the help of a nutritionist.


The title “Nutritionist” is not protected by law and does not require regulation, whereas the title “Dietitian” requires specialized education and clinical training. While many nutritionists may have completed formal training or have university degrees in nutrition, they are not required to do so to use that title. Registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) are regulated and licensed by the state in which they operate. As such, RDNs/ RD, LDNs may have higher fees than someone operating as a nutritionist. *An RD is the same as an RDN. An RD with an LDN is licensed in the state. An MS after a Dietitian’s name means they have a Master’s Degree in Science. I earned my Master’s Degree in Applied Nutrition with a specialization in Fitness from Northeastern University.

Dietitians are Beneficial in the Offices of (but not limited to):

  • Physicians
  • Surgeons
  • Orthopedics
  • Sports Medicine
  • Dentists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Chiropractors
  • Personal Trainers
  • Fitness Centers
  • Athletic Directors
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Churches
  • Massage Therapists
  • Acupuncturists
  • Food or Fitness Expos
  • Festivals
    Stopped to take a pic at the end of my shift with a fellow Simmons Alum and Boston Children’s Hospital Dietitian who came to check out the food, fun and education at the Let’s Talk About Food Festival in Copley Square September 23rd 2017!
    Line up of amazing nutrition professionals at the Let’s Talk About Food Festival 2017 in Copley Square, Boston
    Packed all day with questions, photo op at the end of the shift!
    Crowd learning about sugar and health

    Teaching the crowd about sugar and health



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Nicole Chenard, MS, RD, LDN learn more

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