"Or is the right candidate for becoming an RD someone who is already healthy and fit."
Well, if you apply now, it's going to be August before you start. Then you have 2-6 years of schooling. By the time you're actually a candidate to start working, you will very likely BE someone who is healthy and fit. In fact, even better, you can be somebody who has *become* healthy and fit. IMHO, you would have more credibility than someone who never had a problem. You'll understand what your clients are up against, and you'll be able to show them that it is possible.
So, be sure you take some really good "before" pictures, plan to take some good "during" pictures, and keep a good journal. You can use yourself as a case study for papers later on, or become really popular with your classmates by letting them use you. Don't think of the career as a way to lose weight; think of losing the weight as the perfect preparation for the career.
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I was considering it a few years ago when I was more than halfway there working towards my art degree. I wish I went that route! I am gonna take classes to be a personal trainer this fall...I want to help people reach their weight loss goals in some form or another.
This is maybe only tangentially related to the original post, but I know plenty of young women who suffer from eating disorders who have pursued or are currently pursuing that route. One of the main reasons is that they are obsessed with food and dieting (even if they don't need to lose weight), not so much health.
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1/26/13 12:04 A
Thank you for posting those classes, Audrey! My friends have been talking about those online classes, and I think it would be great to get some refresher courses!
I think that anyone who has lost a lot of weight thinks about being in a job that would help others follow in their footsteps, every time they hear of others who are struggling.
Unfortunately, I did it ( am doing it ) with low carb, which I doubt would be something I could teach, since the government doesn't recognize it as a healthy diet.
You can lose the weight by using what you learn, and by the time you get a degree, be at GW. Set some goals, and go for your dreams. If you can help someone lose weight, they won't care if you are 40 lbs from GW even. Some patients may want a fit nutritionist, but most just want an educated one, who can help them.
You don't need to wait for your weight. Go for it.
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5 1/25/13 3:10 P
Thanks AUDREYUK! I'll have to check that out!!
1/25/13 2:30 P
For anyone wanting to get their feet wet with studying nutrition, Coursera is offereing a course that just started this week:
Fundamentals of Human Nutrition University of Florida
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1/25/13 1:46 P
I've never thought about studying to be an RD, but I have thought about becoming a trainer or getting certified as a spin instructor. Might as well get paid while you exercise, right?
I'm just not that social, so I don't think I have the personality to lead a class or be a personal trainer.
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5 1/25/13 1:42 P
Thank you everyone for your input!! I would be interested in making a career out of it. I was heading in the direction of nursing, but food/exercise is something that is always on my mind so I looked into nutrition/dietician programs. I'm not looking for a magic cure because I know how weight loss is done the right way. But if I could lose weight myself (as a bonus) and help others with their eating/dietary habits. I think that would be awesome!! I think going through the program would be a little push for me to focus on my weight loss also. Kind of the same way a weigh-in program would be.
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A few months before joining Spark and committing to my healthy lifestyle, I took a college course on nutrition. It was very informative and helpful. I got an A so I know the ins and outs of healthy eating. Applying those rules to my life has proven more difficult than acing a nutrition class. But if you feel like this is your calling, then go for it!
You don't have to eat the whole thing.
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1/25/13 1:17 P
I'm not an RD (too much chemistry...) but I do have a degree in nutrition. I didn't go to school for it specifically to help me lose weight or anything, I've just always been interested in health and nutrition. I would say I was probably the second heaviest person in the program - was about 160-170 at that point - and the heaviest person in the program after me was probably 300+ pounds. We learned about healthy weights and stuff like that, but nothing that was secret weight loss information. If you are interested in it and looking to pursue a career in the field, I say go for it! I was able to find a job working for WIC as a nutritionist, and it's the best job ever. I get to help kids get started with good eating patterns, so when they are older they won't necessarily have the struggles of being overweight.
1/25/13 12:57 P
I have considered it, but just don't have the funds to do so.
And then when you are a fit and healthy dietitian, you can share your struggles with your clients
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I considered it a major when I was in college, but didn't because I figured no one would listen to a fat RD...
Now, I wish I would have went that route.
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1/25/13 11:46 A
I've thought about it... but AFTER I got to my goal weight. I learned a lot through the process, and am interested in learning more, and then using that knowledge to help people.
But, most programs are pricey and if you're just doing it to learn how to lose weight instead of actually wanting to make a career out of it, well, that sounds like the most expensive weight loss program I've ever heard of...and there's no guarantees it would even help.
I am one of those people that has tried just about every diet and pills out there or at least up until a few years ago when I found SparkPeople. I have been to dietitians a few times and thought "I could do so much better if I knew the ins and outs of eating healthy". You are not alone in this feeling or thinking...
"Always concentrate on how far you have come, rather than how far you have left to go. The difference in how easy it seems will amaze you." ---Heidi Johnson
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No...but, I like your line of thinking. To effectively lose weight (and keep it off), I think it is important to educate yourself and become your own, critically thinking expert in the nutrition-of-you.
Edited by: STEPHEN_NANNY at: 1/25/2013 (09:22)
If you bring forth that which is within you, that which is within you will save you. If you do not bring forth that which is within you, that which you do not bring forth will destroy you.
A few years ago a nutritionist (not RD) that I knew told me that most of her peers at school were overweight and "looking for the secret" (which of course doesn't exist), I don't know how common that is but at least where she was apparently it was the norm! So no, you're not the only who's ever thought that. When I was little (and fat) I thought I should join the army to get in shape, but I never went through with it when I got old enough.
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5 1/25/13 9:01 A
Has anyone that needs to lose weight and get healthy ever thought of becoming a registered dietician? I ask because I need to lose 100 pounds and am considering going back to school in the health field. Is it crazy to think that this would be helpful? Or is the right candidate for becoming an RD someone who is already healthy and fit.
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