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created by: Niwi

Date: 28-10-2022


Across the world, life expectancy rates are getting higher. By 2035, the United Nations predicts one out of every five people in the world will be older than 60. However, physical and digestive health is on the decline. In fact, India has now become the Diabetes capital of the world. 

Despite countless studies confirming that what we eat affects our long-term health, very few people take charge of their health before it becomes a scare. Health and nutrition are oftentimes taken lightly.

Is there a secret diet that guarantees healthy aging or longer lives? No, but there are food and nutrition experts who help create customized diet plans for individuals that show positive health outcomes. These food planners and experts are called ‘dietitians.’ Be it a diet plan for weight loss, muscle growth, or just for good nutrition, a registered dietitian can help with the best dietary advice and a healthy diet plan custom to your body.

Who is a Dietitian?

A Dietitian is a professional in the art of creating customized diet programs as per an individual’s physical needs. Often, doctors create diagnoses for patients. Patients must abide by the diagnoses to get long-term results. Dietitians create food-related diagnoses, encouraging individuals to eat what their body wants so that they can lead healthy and long lives. Timely intervention from dietitians can help people overcome or control numerous medical ailments.

It is extremely important for people living with heart disease, diabetes, food disorders, etc. to learn what to eat when to eat and how much to eat. They’re often unaware of the importance of following a good diet. Dietitians help people change their eating habits for good. The persistence shown by these experts is measured. They don’t sacrifice their patients’ mental health for their physical health. Instead, they ensure that making dietary transitions or transitions from unhealthy lives to active and healthy lives is easier than they think


Dietitians are Experts

Professional dietitians translate the complicated sciences of nutrition and how our body works, into day-to-day solutions that patients can easily implement and earn healthier lives.

These professional experts have certain duties that include –

  • Examining clients’ nutritional needs based on their existing health position;
  • Creating diet plans that are sustainable;
  • Including foods as per the client’s tastes and likings;

Are dietitians professional doctors?

No. But, when it comes to issues regarding nourishment, they can help doctors achieve faster results in their treatments. Can dietitians help the average citizen? Absolutely. Here are some situations where people should visit these professionals –

Struggling with Emotional Eating

In most cases, over or under-eating is caused by an imbalanced intake of macronutrients. People who only consume carbohydrates or fat and overlook their protein intake feel gluttonous. People who don’t have enough carbs or fat in their diets feel undernourished. They create unbreakable thought loops in their mind that prevent them from changing their eating habits. Professional dietitians help people maintain healthy eating habits.

People Making Lifestyle Changes

Be it joining the gym or recovering from an illness–dietary requirements evolve with any major lifestyle change. Investing time in sessions with dietitians can help people save a lot on unnecessary supplements that their bodies don’t even need. Dietitians specialize in diets based on whole foods. They only recommend supplements in special circumstances. So, before eating or drinking supplements, people must consult professional dietitians.

Professionals in hazardous set-ups

People who work odd hours, especially overnight shift workers, face higher risks of being diagnosed with obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and a plethora of other ailments including higher risks of breast and skin cancer. Dietitians make ‘nutrition interventions’ by advising these professionals on what diets they should follow to reduce these risks.

People with high Cholesterol levels

The process of reducing cholesterol levels via dietary changes is much simpler than taking medicines to keep it in check. Dietitians help such people develop highly-detailed meal plans. Medication alone can’t solve the problem of high cholesterol levels. Dietetic intervention and assistance are very important.

People suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome

For most patients, IBS starts off as an occasional issue. But, not treating it, or even worse continuing to abide by the eating habits that caused IBS in the first place, can make this ailment a lifelong struggle for many patients. IBS is caused by the body’s inability to digest certain fats and sugars. Dietitians collaborate with gastroenterologists and create suitable diets.

People recovering from medical conditions

People recovering from or overcoming certain medical conditions can benefit a lot from visiting experienced dietitians. Some conditions that dietitians can help resolve include:

  • Diabetes and other circulatory problems.
  • People recovering from or getting gastric bypass surgeries. In such situations, the body can only consume small servings, and the new eating plans must contain proper nutrients.
  • People suffering from burnout often have digestive problems triggered by their consumption of fried foods, excess caffeine, etc. Dietitians help them transform their eating habits without compromising taste.
  • Pregnant women face numerous health risks. Dietitians ensure they consume the right nutrients such as iron, folate, vitamin D, fluoride, etc. so that the mother’s and the newborn’s health aren’t hampered.
  • Patients with eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia etc. can benefit a lot from just speaking with an experienced dietitian. Dietitians work with people suffering from eating disorders almost every day of their professional lives.
  • Insomniacs benefit a lot from having diets rich in magnesium. Professional dietitians help them make small changes to their eating habits that improve their sleep quality.

To put it simply, people who want to eat in a way that boosts their health can transform their lives by teaming up with professional dietitians! 

At, we have helped thousands of clients transform their lives and feel stronger, more energetic and definitely more confident in how they look and feel, by improving their relationship with food!

Renu Puri Senior Nutritionist at

Renu PuriCo-Founder at niwiM.Sc. in Foods & Nutrition

Renu Puri, a skilled expert with an M.Sc. in Foods & Nutrition, is dedicated to making India healthier through her initiative - niwi. Drawing from years of experience in providing computer training to top corporate clients in software and IT, Renu realized her true passion lies in promoting health and wellness. This led her to establish niwi, where she combines her expertise in technology with her love for nutrition. niwi specializes in understanding the deep rooted behavior patterns surrounding nutrition. Renu and her team offer personalized diet counseling, helping clients not only understand what to eat but also why. What sets niwi apart in a crowded industry of nutrition services is Renu's ethos of nurturing client's eating patterns and fostering a healthy relationship with food.

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