Friday, August 23, 2013

How to: Registered Dietitian (RD) vs. Nutritionist

Have you ever wondered whether there is a difference in a 'Nutritionist' versus a Registered Dietitian?

Well, today is your lucky day.


First, let me preface this by saying this is not meant to 'bash' anyone who is a nutritionist. It is simply meant for people to understand the difference.


Let's discuss who can be considered a 'nutritionist.'

In *most* states, anyone can call themselves a 'nutritionist.'

Really. Anyone.

While some may actually have a degree in nutrition/foods, not all of them do and it is not required in order to be called a 'nutritionist.'

The term nutritionist is not protected by law, which is why they have varying degrees of education in nutrition/foods. This is not to say that someone who calls themselves a nutritionist cannot be trusted. It simply means that you should research what their qualifications are in the field of nutrition.

For example, some dietitians have the title 'clinical nutritionist.' The 'clinical' part is what distinguishes them and they should still have the RD credentials after their name.

A nutritionist cannot be involved in the diagnosis or dietary treatment of any type of disease (source).



A Registered and Licensed Dietitian (RD, LD) is considered a 'food and nutrition expert' because they have accomplished the following (source):

1) Completed a minimum of a bachelor's degree at a US regionally accredited university or college AND coursework accredited or approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

2) Completed a 1200 hour nationally accredited Dietetic Internship (typically 6-12 months)

3) Sat for and passed the national Registered Dietitian Exam

4) Licensed in your state as a Dietitian

The term Dietitian is protected by law in many countries.

A Registered Dietitian uses evidence based science in the area of nutrition and helps translate it into everyday and applicable terms. They can be found in hospitals working with doctors and nurses, in outpatient facilities, in health departments, private practice, long term care centers, foodservice, etc.

There are also additional speciality certifications that are offered through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for RDs and they include (source):

Pediatric Nutrition
Oncology Nutrition
Gerontological Nutrition
Sports Dietetics
Renal Nutrition

There are also RDs who are Certified Diabetes Educators (CDE).

Dietitians can be involved in the diagnosis and dietary treatment of a disease.


What should you take away from this?

Be sure to educate yourself and research who you are taking your nutrition information and advice from.

What to do if you want to become a Registered Dietitian?

Visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website to see the steps you need to take in order to pursue your career as a RD.

Email me at: if you have any questions for me!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Fitness: What is BodyCombat?

I first experienced BodyCombat probably around 2007 or 2008. Then, our local instructor left and no one else was certified, so I haven't been able to do it since then. Although, I have begged my gym to get it for forever (sorry about that! haha). 
Well, we finally got it this year! I'm so pumped!
We had our first launch last night and it went great. 

half of us instructors that taught the launch! love these ladies!

BodyCombat is a Les Mills program and this is the description on their website:

"BODYCOMBAT™ is the empowering group fitness cardio workout where you are totally unleashed. This fiercely energetic program is inspired by mixed martial arts and draws from a wide array of disciplines such as karate, boxing, taekwondo, tai chi and muay thai."

They state that the 'essence' of BodyCombat is "the fiercely energetic martial arts workout where you are totally unleashed and empowered."

Here is the typical layout of a class:

1A) Upper body warm up

1B) Lower body warm up
2) Combat 1
3) Power training
4) Combat 2
5) Power training 2
6) Combat 3
7) Muay Thai
8) Power training 3
9) Conditioning
10) Cooldown


Let's do a brief break down the different martial arts styles in BodyCombat.


(This is from our training manual)

"Boxing is a combat sport where two participants fight each other with only their fists."


This is a Japanese style of martial art, which translated means "empty hand." There are typically 3 sections of Karate, which include:

1) Kihon (basics)

2) KATA (forms)
3) Kumite (sparring)


This martial art is referred to as 'The Art of the Eight Limbs' because you use mostly your hands, shins, elbows, and knees. This is also the national sport of Thailand


This is essentially a Chinese martial art that is practiced by Shaolin Monks. The movements mimic these animals:

1) The Dragon

2) The Snake
3) The Tiger
4) The Crane
5) The Leopard or Panther


This is a Korean martial art that means 'to strike or break with fist' or 'the way of kicking and punching.' It is flamboyant, agile, fast, and precise with 90% footwork and 10% hands.


This is a Brazilian art and combines these three elements:

1) Martial arts

2) Game playing
3) Dance


This is an internal Chinese martial art that is often practiced for health reasons. It can help with self-defense, focus, and breathing. 


This originated in India and was developed as a form of self defense by monks who traveled long distances. Today it is known as Brazilian Jui-Jitsu, which focuses on grappling and ground fighting. 

Who are the instructors/creators for BodyCombat?

Meet Dan and Rachael. They're pretty much awesome.


What are the benefits of BodyCombat?


Go to to find a class near you!