I having been going to a nutritionist office every month since Feb 2010 when I discovered that I have PCOS and high cholesterol. Seeing the nutritionist has been helpful, supportive, and an alternative viewpoint. Over the past 6 months I plateaued, and reverted back to emotional eating when there was a death in the family, but now I'm back to recording my mood and food in a journal and sending it to the nutritionist weekly. She reviews and offers small changes to make that will help my overall weight loss goals.
The small changes have added up - but it has been SLOW (20 pounds in a year :/) In the past I have lost tons of weight quickly only to gain it back because I did not making permanent changes. I know what I need to do to lose weight, and for my body it is textbook-eat less (healthier) and move more. Logical and sounds so easy, yet requires tough behavioral and emotional changes...which the nutritionist is fully aware of.
As for my cholesterol, starting level was 252 and with last check was at 205. I didn't know how to bring it down, it was something I never really was concerned about or researched on my own. The nutritionist provided some easy alternatives to add into my diet, and it the levels magically reduced. I still have high level and continue to work on reducing it without medication.
I work as a nutritionist and can tell you a couple of things- like the person before me, there is no magic diet- everyone is different and their body processes certain foods differently.
If you have taken a nutrition class or read about nutrition here on Sparkpeople- I doubt they will tell you things you might not know. We have a lot of nutrition knowledge and I know I have issues with keeping it simple for my customers sometimes. I teach a monthly class- free- about nutrition: myths, basics, portion control, carb counting, etc. The people who come to my classes aren't on spark people and don't have a lot of nutrition information- like one entire class didn't know that 2% milk is not considered low-fat milk.
I guess it depends on what you already know and what you are looking to learn. I would advise keeping a food diary or tracking and see what foods may have an adverse effect on your weight loss goals- track how they make you feel an hour or so after eating, etc. That's the best way to get a handle on what YOUR body wants you to eat.
In the end, it's a personal choice for you- if you have insurance that will cover a consulation, it may be worth it- just to see where you are in what you know.
BTW, I don't ever trust what my doctor says regarding nutrition, as most aren't required to take even a basic nutrition class to get their degrees. And every doctor I've gone to see has tried to give me HORRIBLE advice on diet (save one who had his degree in Sports Medicine). Most do their undergrad in biology or chemistry. Nursing students are required to take only basic human nutrition. I would keep that in mind.
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