Topic Overview

Millions of people struggle to lose weight and improve
their diets. Finding a diet that works for you and then staying with it can be
a huge challenge. Registered dietitians are experts in diet and nutrition,
particularly for promoting general health and treating conditions such as high
cholesterol. A dietitian can evaluate your diet and create a
cholesterol-lowering plan and detailed menu to work with your lifestyle and
daily routine.

A dietitian will ask about your eating habits.
For example:

  • What times of the day do you usually
  • Do you skip meals?
  • When do you eat your largest
    meal of the day?
  • Where do you typically eat? At work? At
  • How do you prepare meals at home? From packaged or fresh
  • What are your favorite foods?

A dietitian can suggest strategies and tips for adjusting to
your new diet. Most will recommend that you switch to your new diet gradually.
The dietitian can also teach you how to keep track of the amount of
saturated fat, trans fat,
and calories in your diet and how to
continually make gradual adjustments until you achieve your basic goals. Most
of all, a dietitian can help make your new diet fun by suggesting creative
recipes and helping you find ways to eat the foods that you enjoy the

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has a directory of
registered dietitians and can help you find one in your area. You can visit the
organization’s website at or call 1-800-877-1600.

Other Places To Get Help


Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Eat Right (U.S.)


Other Works Consulted

  • Raymond JL, Couch SC (2012). Medical nutrition and therapy for cardiovascular disease. In LK Mahan et al., eds., Krause’s Food and the Nutrition Care Process, 13th ed., pp. 742-781. St Louis: Saunders.


ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD – Internal Medicine
Martin J. Gabica, MD – Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD – Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Rhonda O’Brien, MS, RD, CDE – Certified Diabetes Educator
Colleen O’Connor, PhD, RD – Registered Dietitian

Current as ofOctober 5, 2017