What to expect from a nutritionist in Manchester

What to look for when trying to find a nutritionist in manchester.
What does a nutritionist do?
How can a nutritionist help me?
Do I need a personal trainer and nutritionist?
What qualifications do you need to be a nutritionist?
How often should I see a nutritionist?

Perhaps you’ve been considering seeing a nutritionist in Manchester, but you’re not sure what to expect. If you’ve never spoken to someone about your diet before, it’s understandably daunting. Food habits are an incredibly personal thing which can often bring up pretty strong emotions. So if you’re wanting a bit of an insight into what working with a nutritionist looks like, read on, as I’ll outline what the process may look like, as well as what to look out for.

What to look for when trying to find a nutritionist in manchester

Firstly, you’re going to want to look at testimonials. As mentioned above, this is a very personal subject and so professionalism, experience and empathy are all really important, and who better to tell you what you need to know than past/current clients? See if the nutritionist has reviews on their website or, often Google Reviews is a great place to get the low-down.

Another key thing to consider is location. Do you want face to face consultations or would you rather be online? Maybe online would even be easier for you, depending on where you live/work. So you might not even have to pick a local nutritionist. It’s down to your preference. Personally, I really like working with people in person so I understand when clients request this, but I also understand that it’s a lot easier to fit online appointments around everything else you have going on. So have a think about what you might prefer before starting your search, and then you know what you’re looking for.

Alternatively, it might be that the person themselves is more important than whether you work with them face to face or online, via video chat/email/whatsapp etc. For some people, really connecting and getting on well with their nutritionist is the most important thing, as you may be working with them for a while. So maybe this is your priority when searching for the right fit. Food for thought 😉

What does a nutritionist do?

Let’s firstly clarify what nutritionists do exactly.

A nutritionist can advise on everything from what you eat, to when and how. 

We basically advise on how to make the right choices for you and your lifestyle, so that you can be the healthiest and happiest version of you. This is through looking at your macronutrient (protein, carbohydrates, alcohol and fats) and micronutrient (vitamin and mineral) intake in your current diet. We can then see if there is anything you might not be getting quite enough of, or if there is anything you are consuming excessive amounts of. From there, we can advise on what you can increase/decrease in your diet to give your body a better balance of nutrients for optimal health.

How can a nutritionist in Manchester help me?

There are a few ways that you can benefit from working with a nutritionist in Manchester. It’s not just about improving your diet and your physical health, it can be a great way to boost your mental health as well!

From a Mental Health perspective

Fuelling your body correctly and giving it all the nutrients it needs each day can completely change the way you feel. Multiple studies have shown links between dietary patterns, gut health and the risk of depression. The gut and the brain are linked, it makes complete sense that we’re emotionally or mentally affected by any digestive distress. There is evidence that with certain dietary patterns, depression and anxiety can be reduced, which again makes complete sense – as the saying goes – you are what you eat – so if you are nourishing your body with whole, unprocessed foods, your mind is going to feel the benefits too.

Having enough energy

We’ve all felt the mid afternoon slump at some point. That dip in energy a couple of hours after lunch that sends us down to -200% motivation. This, as well as other times you feel low on energy, can often be linked to your food choices. Sometimes making a small change to your diet can help you to avoid the slump and feel energised for the whole day!

From a physical health perspective

Good nutrition (‘good’ meaning you are consuming all of the nutrients your body needs) plays vital roles in all aspects of your physical wellbeing. From your immune system, reproductive, digestive, circulatory systems right down to your bone and joint health. Want to still be able to move around, unassisted, at 60? 80? Nutrition is a great first step to safeguard an independent future. For more immediate effects, consider how often you get ill, whether you want to procreate, how your gut feels day to day. Again, what you put into your body is the first place to start.

Do I need a personal trainer and nutritionist?

This one really depends on your goal. If you’re already a pretty active individual and you’re looking to better your health from a food/drink aspect then a nutritionist is likely all you need. If you feel that you could do with improving your strength and/or fitness as well then maybe a personal trainer is a good shout as well.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to see two different people, as some personal trainers are also qualified nutritionists (such as yours truly) and so they can help you with both areas. You generally get personal trainers fitting into a couple of categories: they either offer training sessions only, or they offer training, nutrition, lifestyle services and often other services that can also benefit your overall well being.

What qualifications do you need to be a nutritionist?

There are no legal requirements in terms of what qualifications you need to have to hold the title of Nutritionist. Make sure you check that they have relevant qualifications and experience such as a degree, masters or other qualifications. Personally, I studied nutrition with the Royal Society for Public Health and work with my clients on a weekly basis to build healthier eating habits.

How often should I see a nutritionist?

This again really depends on your goals, what you’re looking to get out of the process and how much support you feel you need. Some clients may want to check in once/twice per week and then have a proper meeting once per week or once every two weeks. Other clients may feel they only need a meeting once per month. It depends on what work needs to be done and your confidence in making dietary changes.

It’s completely ok to want extra support. As mentioned earlier, eating habits are incredibly personal and they can also be really difficult to change. In your initial consultation, you can discuss how you feel about the process of working with a nutritionist, and together you can come up with a roadmap of what support you might need going forwards.

If you have any more questions about what it’s like to work with a personal trainer and nutritionist in Manchester, or if you just fancy a chat, feel free to get in touch. No strings or sales pitch attached, just some zero BS advice to get you started. You can drop me a DM on Instagram or pop me an email at hello@liftyourselfconfident.co.uk.

In case you missed it here is last weeks blog: 6 Ways that Exercise is Good for Mental Health

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Ray Hickford

Hi, I’m Ray, a health and wellbeing professional in Manchester working with clients through training and nutrition programmes to help them feel more confident, strong and happy both in and outside of the gym.
As a Qualified Personal Trainer and Level 4 RSPH Nutrition Advisor, I am constantly learning myself - from my clients, from other industry experts and sometimes myself! And sometimes I write some of this down for ya.

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