View Full Version : Going to see a RD (Dietician)

01-03-2010, 08:48 AM
As part of getting really motivated and to be even more so educated in the area of diet, a huge component of our lives, I am going to see a dietitian on the 18th. Though I am not completely sure what is going to happen or what is all going to be available to me, as to not waste my time I wanted to go in having some questions of relative importance.

I've done a ton of reading here, online, and everywhere else that you can think of and with so much information out there I sometimes feel as if I am unsure if what I am doing it the best way to go about it. This way I'll be able to get real one on one advice about what my body fat truely is (never had it tested), my body type, is anything that I am doing wrong or actually hurting, etc.

Thus I wanted to ask you guys "If you could ask a dietitian a question(s) what would it/they be".

01-03-2010, 10:10 AM
I wouldn't ask them much, most don't know anything about sports nutrition.

01-03-2010, 10:25 AM
Yea, from my experience with RD's (I've had a couple of professors who are RD's), they really don't know much about bodybuilding or sports nutrition. Most likely they'll just give you the RDA's (tell you to eat 0.8g/kg protein, low glycemic carbs are best, only polysaturated fats are good, etc. etc. bs. bs.) Don't get me wrong, RD's are good for people who are serverly overweight or underweight and need basic guidance, but most don't know the specifics for sports training.

I would suggest either seeing an RD that has done work in sports nutrition or maybe talking to someone who has done graduate work in sports performance. Alan Aragon and many others on the web offer diet advice specifically tailored to an athletes needs. Or maybe you could look up someone in your area that works with athletes. I'm just warning you in advance. You'll most likely not get a lot out of seeing a regular RD.

01-03-2010, 11:05 AM
I wouldn't ask them much, most don't know anything about sports nutrition.

This is quite true for the majority of the industry but it does depend on who you see. I am a Dietitian who specialises in sports nutrition. Take my advice ... Shop around to suit your goals/aspirations.

If your in Australia you can always come and see me! :-)


01-03-2010, 12:20 PM
Well then, that's a little disheartening, but hopefully in the end at least some good will come out of it.

Maybe what, if anything, other than a multi (and if in the end they're really the same) is required for overall health and metabolism (e.g. I looked at my multi vitamin and saw it doesn't have 100% calcium, vitamin k, biotin, etc so I was thinking about picking some up later today or tomorrow). And/or other potential advice that might prove useful in general well being and then go on the hunt or a PT/Sports nutritionist.