I’ve spent the last year explaining my education and career goals. I guess I kind of asked for it with the whole being-a-senior-in-college-who-writes-a-blog-called-The-Slender-Student thing. Whenever asked, I tell people I am a liberal arts and nutrition major. The next question, without fail, is if I plan to become a nutritionist. I follow with my (now memorized) spiel about the difference between nutritionists and dietitians, and that in just one short year (!!!) I’ll become a registered dietitian… Assuming everything goes according to plan.
This article by the Washington Post does a much better job than either my liberal arts or nutrition side can do to explain the distinction between the two titles, as well as what a dietitian can do for you in terms of weight loss/maintenance (keep in mind they can do much more beyond this, especially if you have specific diet concerns related to a medical condition or specific dietary restrictions).
P.S. I know it’s summer and you probably don’t want to read a news piece. No worries, my normal college student side has thrown together a cheat sheet for you: