A nutrition consultation is beneficial for providing general healthy nutrition education, nutrition recommendations for disease management, feedback on current eating habits, and helping with individualized goal setting to improve a person’s nutrition.
A meal plan would provide some education, but would outline a day of specific meals and snacks depending on the client’s food preferences, goals, and needs. It provides estimated calorie and macro nutrient (carbohydrates / proteins / fats) needs.
“I personally feel meal plans are good for people who already have a general knowledge of nutrition, but need a structured plan to follow throughout the week. Nutrition consults benefit people who have a lot of general questions about their diet and nutrition. Consults would be good for people who want to make small changes to improve their health over time instead of following a rigid plan.” – Kayla Ferber, RD, LD (Full Scale Fitness Registered Dietitian)