What is the best online nutritionist?

Choosing the “best” online nutritionist is subjective and depends on your specific needs and preferences. Here’s what you need to consider:

  1. Credentials: Many use the terms ‘dietitian’ and ‘nutritionist’ interchangeably. Be aware that only a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) meets rigorous academic requirements with clinical training. To be called an RDN, you must have a degree from an accredited university.
  2. Experience: Most dietitians work with a variety of patients, from fertility and prenatal nutrition therapy to weight management. Currently, there are seven Seven board-certified specialist credentials that are offered through the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR): geriatric nutrition, pediatric nutrition, renal nutrition, oncology nutrition, sports dietetics, obesity and weight management, and most recently, pediatric critical care nutrition. If you need a dietitian to help you navigate bariatric surgery, recover after surgery, help you with gut health issues etc., look for one who specializes in your area of need and ask about their experience working with patients with similar issues.
  3. Reviews and Recommendations: Read online reviews. Ask for recommendations. Ask your doctor for a nutrition specialist they work with. Many doctors work hand-in-hand with RDNs as part of a comprehensive team to help manage everything from gestational diabetes to Parkinson’s.
  4. Telehealth Services: Do they provide online consultations? In the shift to online everything, most RDNs have made the plunge, and many more patients have access to this invaluable service.
  5. Approach and Philosophy: Evaluate the nutritionist’s approach and philosophy. Make sure it aligns with your goals and values. Everybody’s style differs.  Some may provide patients with meal plans, while others prefer a more educational approach.
  6. Communication: Consider how well you communicate with the nutritionist. Effective communication is the only way to improve your nutrition status. Make sure the dietitian you work with listens to your concerns and provides you with the information and guidance you need.
  7. Cost: Understand the nutritionist’s fee structure and whether it fits within your budget. Some nutritionists may accept insurance, while others may offer package deals or individual sessions. Discuss self-pay options versus insurance.
  8. Availability: Check the nutritionist’s availability. Do their hours and availability work with your schedule? Some dietitians work evening and weekend hours to be available for patients with demanding work schedules.
  9. Personal Compatibility: Lastly, consider your personal compatibility with the nutritionist. You should feel comfortable and confident working with them to achieve your nutritional goals.


The best online nutritionist is incredibly subjective. Do your research and ask questions about the nutritionist’s approach and experience. Ultimately, the best nutrition therapist for you is the one who can provide personalized guidance and support tailored to your unique needs and goals.