Work with Hot & Healthy Habits co-founder, former nutrition professor, and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Ander Wilson!

Read Ander's personal story about quitting diets forever and becoming healthier than ever here!

What is an RDN?

A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (aka: RDN or just RD), is a health professional that has extensive nutrition education and training. An RDN must meet all of the following minimum criteria: bachelor's degree, post-graduate clinical experience, pass a national exam, and maintains at least 15 hours of continuing education each year. At minimum, this takes about 5 years. Many RDNs, including myself, also have a masters degree, adding up to 6-7 years of school and training.

Isn’t that the same as a nutritionist?

All dietitians are nutritionists, but not all nutritionists are dietitians. When you see someone using the term “nutritionist” without “dietitian” or “registered dietitian” in their name or credentials, be wary.  There is no standard definition for “nutritionist,” whereas an RDN has a legal definition. I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and use both descriptions, RDN and nutritionist.

What's the deal with all these other so called "nutrition experts" then?

Many so called “nutritionists” and self-proclaimed “nutrition experts” have certificates—not degrees—in nutrition from online certificate programs. These certificates require as little as attending a weekend seminar to enrolling in a one year non-accredited online program. Some don’t require any training—all you have to do is a write a check! Whether you work with Hot & Healthy Habits or someone else, always ask if the person providing nutrition therapy or nutrition guidance is a registered dietitian nutritionist.

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