Weight loss is hard work, but the rewards make the process worth it for many people. Did you know that you could turn this into a career? If you’ve worked to lose weight yourself and have been successful, you can help others do the same by becoming a dietitian. People who have struggled with weight themselves are perfect for this job, as it allows you to relate to your clients.
What does a dietitian do? Some of your daily tasks may include:
- Working at a hospital to plan healthy meals for patients
- Educating children about the food groups
- Helping those struggling with weight loss making healthy food choices
- Developing menus for weight loss programs
To become a registered dietitian, you need to first complete a 450-hour (or more) program from a school that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) of the American Dietetic Association (ADA). This translates into a two-year associate’s degree in most cases. After you graduate, the final step is to take the national exam from the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), which allows you to officially work as a registered dietitian.
Not every weight loss plan is healthy, even though you may see results quickly through some diets. As a dietitian, your job will be to help people determine what is healthy, not just what will help them see results. You can also move into weight loss through exercise, by becoming a personal trainer. Again, with training programs, there are healthy ways to lose weight and unhealthy ways to lose weight, so you can help determine who those struggling with weight can exercise safely.
The great thing about this job is that you can choose to work with all kinds of clients. From children who need help getting back on track with diet and exercise to adults who want to lose weight to older patients who need proper diet and exercise to stay healthy and ward off disease, people from all walks of life need help with nutrition and health.