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Find the Best Weight Loss Nutritionists & Dietitians in Houston

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Find the Best Weight Loss Nutritionists & Dietitians in Houston

At Top Nutrition Coaching, our mission is to connect you with a nutrition expert passionate about helping their clients achieve their health and wellness goals. The nutritionists in our network have helped thousands of people reach a healthy weight by making small yet sustainable changes to their diet, fitness, and lifestyle.

Michelle Rodgers
Registered Dietitian
Michelle's lengthy career as a registered dietitian is complemented by her training as an EMT and certified personal trainer. She specializes in weight loss and sports nutrition (including working with professional athletes), and she has expertise in cardiac health, gastric bypass, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Michelle earned her bachelor's degree in Nutrition at Penn State and completed additional training at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Virginia.
Stacey Simon
Registered Dietitian
Stacey is a registered dietitian nutritionist with more than 8 years of experience. In addition to being a weight loss specialist, Stacey's far-reaching nutrition interests include heart health, diabetes, kidney disease, and gerontology. Stacey earned her bachelor's degree in Nutritional Science at the University of Connecticut and her master's degree in Clinical Nutrition at New York University. Most recently, she has been certified as an intuitive eating counselor.
Meghan Perkins
Registered Dietitian
Meghan is a registered dietitian who specializes in weight management and diabetes care. Her other areas of expertise include renal health, heart health, and chronic disease care. Meghan graduated with a bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Northern Colorado and completed her dietetic internship at the University of Arizona. She has over 8 years of experience working in nonprofit and private practice health care settings.
Jaelyn Shipman
Registered Dietitian
For more than five years, Jaelyn has worked as a registered dietitian, sports nutritionist, and weight loss counselor. She completed her bachelor's degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition at Clemson University and her dietetic internship at UNC Greensboro. As a sports nutritionist, Jaelyn enjoys the challenge of working with athletes of all ages, backgrounds, and levels. Jaelyn has continued her professional education by focusing on heart disease, diabetes, and prenatal and postnatal nutrition.
Rachel Coury
Registered Dietitian
Rachel is an experienced nutritionist and weight management dietitian who specializes in kidney disease and other renal health issues. Rachel has a bachelor's degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition from Clemson University and is working towards certification as an intuitive eating counselor. Rachel has coached hundreds of people to succeed in losing weight, getting fit, and managing chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and high cholesterol. She is also a specialist in optimizing nutrition for cancer patients.
Danielle Smith
Registered Dietitian
Danielle's passion for an active, healthy lifestyle shines through in everything she does as a nutritionist, weight loss counselor, and personal trainer. A lifelong athlete, Danielle has firsthand experience of how a healthy diet can manage medical conditions such as hypothyroidism and celiac disease. Danielle has a bachelor's degree from California State University at Northridge and over 8 years of experience as a registered dietitian. Her areas of expertise include gastrointestinal disorders, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, food allergies, eating disorders, and prenatal and postpartum nutrition.
Emma Liu
Registered Dietitian
Emma is a registered dietitian and weight loss counselor who earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Emma is particularly interested in how health education and health promotion can be utilized to prevent chronic illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes. She is currently pursuing additional certifications as a diabetes care and education specialist and as a specialist in obesity and weight management.
Dana Kearney
Registered Dietitian
Dana is a compassionate and energetic clinical nutritionist specializing in weight management, prenatal and postnatal nutrition, food allergies, heart disease, and diabetes. She has a particular interest in pediatric nutrition, ranging from infancy to adolescence. Dana has worked in the nutrition field for over two decades. She has a bachelor's degree in nutrition and dietetics from Penn State and a master's degree from Marywood University.
Manju Karkare
Registered Dietitian
Manju is a registered dietitian and integrative and functional nutritionist who has worked in nutrition for over 30 years. In addition to her master's degree in Nutrition from the University of Kentucky, Manju has gained further expertise by studying weight management, eating disorders, chronic illnesses, gut health, heart health, cancer care, and diabetes.
Jordan Hill
Registered Dietitian
After graduating from the University of Georgia with a bachelor's degree in Dietetics and Consumer Foods, Jordan pursued a master's degree in Clinical Dietetics from Oregon Health & Science University. She has worked as a registered dietitian for over five years, specializing in weight management and sports nutrition. Jordan is passionate about expanding her understanding of nutrition through continuing professional education and has gained expertise in disordered eating, pregnancy and postnatal nutrition, and gastrointestinal health.
Katie Wengryniuk
Registered Dietitian
Katie completed her bachelor's degree in Dietetics at the Ohio State University and her master's degree in Clinical Nutrition at Rush University. As a licensed dietitian for over a decade, she has spent much of that time working and training at the renowned Cleveland Clinic. Katie's specialties include pediatric nutrition, gastrointestinal health, and diabetes. She is currently pursuing credentials as a certified integrative and functional nutrition practitioner.
Karin Evans
Registered Dietitian
For over 20 years, Karin has guided and inspired clients to succeed in reaching and staying at a healthy weight. She fervently believes that a key element of every nutrition plan should be developing a healthy lifestyle and a balanced relationship with food. In addition to her expertise as a weight loss counselor, Karin also specializes in prenatal and postpartum nutrition, sports nutrition, and eating disorders. She is nearing the completion of her doctorate in Health Education and Promotion.

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Take the First Step on Your Journey to a Healthy Weight

Take our holistic health assessment

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It's quick and easy to complete our online health assessment. This gives us a snapshot of your current health and lifestyle to better understand why you want to work with a weight loss nutritionist.

Free 15-minute nutrition consultation

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All potential clients are entitled to a free 15-minute consultation with one of our nutrition specialists. They'll delve into exactly what you're looking for and take down the relevant details about your circumstances and weight loss goals.

Get matched to the right nutritionist

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Based on the information you provide during the nutrition consultation, you'll be matched with an experienced nutritionist specializing in weight loss. Our nutrition specialist will ensure that you are paired with a nutritionist who has the right background and expertise to meet your specific needs.

Intro call with your nutritionist

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During your introductory call, you'll get to know your nutritionist and go through the personalized nutrition plan they have created for you to ensure that you and your nutritionist are a good fit.

Work with Top Nutrition Coaching

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You'll have at least two sessions with your nutritionist every month. They'll provide accountability and support as you progress towards your goals. They'll also help you understand the nutrition and healthy habits that your body needs to thrive. And with unlimited messaging and 24/7 support, they'll always be available to help you when you need it.
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Benefits of working with a weight loss nutritionist vs. going at it alone

Most people find trying to lose weight to be immensely challenging. If you've struggled to find the right approach to weight control, it might be time to utilize the knowledge and experience of a nutrition professional.

Don't put your body through the strain of dieting – get a personalized nutrition plan instead

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If you've been disappointed by diet programs in the past, that doesn't mean that weight loss is unachievable. Restrictive diets seldom work, especially in the long run, because they are not sustainable. Most diet companies offer "one size fits all" programs with guidelines and rules that don't consider personal circumstances such as location, activity level, medical history, work and family demands, and food allergies. Even more importantly, dieting can be seriously detrimental to your metabolic health. Most diets restrict your caloric intake in an unhealthy way. This often leads to losing and then rapidly regaining weight, which puts a great deal of strain on your body. By contrast, a weight loss nutritionist will get to know you and everything that contributes to your diet and lifestyle. They'll carefully create a personalized nutrition plan that is practical, achievable, easy to follow, and will adjust as you progress.

Care for your overall health and wellness, not just your weight

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When you're trying to lose weight, it's easy to become obsessed with the number on the bathroom scale. However, this doesn't provide a complete overview of how healthy you are. Our nutritionists know that wellness is about more than just pounds and BMI. Many factors are linked to weight gain, including sleep patterns, family history, food sensitivities, hormones, and daily routines. Our nutritionists look at the whole picture of your lifestyle to find ways to improve your overall health – whether that's physical activity, medical conditions, mental well-being, eating patterns, or stress levels. Losing weight is just one component of the process.

Develop a healthy relationship with food

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The specialists at Top Nutrition Coaching have worked with thousands of clients from many backgrounds and walks of life, so they know how to structure their weight loss programs for your specific needs and challenges. At Top Nutrition Coaching, we understand how important it is to have a healthy relationship with food. Our nutrition experts don't want to take the joy out of eating the foods you love. Instead, they will help you make meaningful lifestyle changes that lead to sustainable weight management success.

Work with Top Nutrition Coaching

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You'll have at least two sessions with your nutritionist every month. They'll provide accountability and support as you progress towards your goals. They'll also help you understand the nutrition and healthy habits that your body needs to thrive. And with unlimited messaging and 24/7 support, they'll always be available to help you when you need it.

Our client outcomes

98%
Achieved sustained weight loss (>12 months)
84%
Reduced frequency and severity of binges
92%
had improved energy and mobility
87%
improved sleep and reduced levels of stress

Your Personal Nutritionist in Houston Is Just a Click Away

Houstonians stand to benefit immensely from virtual nutrition counseling. Top Nutrition Coaching's telehealth platform connects you with some of the leading weight loss nutritionists in the country, all from the comfort of your own home.

Availability

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If you're seeking out a nutritionist through your insurance company or a doctor's referral, you may have to wait a while for an appointment. With Top Nutrition Coaching, we'll pair you with a nutritionist whose expertise closely matches your wellness needs, and you can attend your first session in a matter of days, not weeks. Best of all, you won't have to worry about the logistics of traveling to your consultation. We'll make sure that your virtual appointments fit your schedule, so you'll never have to take time off work or feel rushed during your consultations.

Qualifications

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We pride ourselves on recruiting and hiring the nation's leading nutritionists. Our recruitment process is so rigorous that only 3% of applicants are invited to join our team. All of our weight loss nutritionists are registered dietitians who have completed a bachelor's degree (and usually a master's degree) in the nutrition sciences and a dietetic internship. Most of our weight loss counselors are personal trainers, too. We also require our nutritionists to specialize in several health care areas of their choosing, which gives us the ability to match clients with the ideal professional for their health needs.

Experience

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The nutritionists at Top Nutrition Coaching have a considerable amount of experience. Our nutritionists have seen it all, from internships and externships to private practice, general hospitals, nonprofits, athletic clubs, and research centers. Some of our team members have been working in the nutrition field for over two decades, giving them the perspective and confidence to create nutrition plans that they know will be successful for their clients. Because our nutritionists are experts in multiple specialties, we can match every client with a nutrition professional who can provide guidance, even in the most complex circumstances.

Reputation

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The satisfaction of our clients is our top priority. That's why we expect our expert nutritionists to be mentors that inspire and encourage mentors on the science of nutrition. We want our clients to feel empowered and supported and know that their input and opinions are at the heart of their nutrition plan. Our nutritionists have the passion and expertise to help you, regardless of whether you have complex health needs or are struggling with your weight due to yo-yo dieting and disordered eating.

About Houston Specific Registered Dietitians

We regularly ensure that all of our nutritionists are up to date with their certifications and licensure, including their status as registered dietitians. 

Becoming a Registered Dietitian in Texas

The first step toward becoming a registered dietitian in Texas is to complete a bachelor's or master's degree from an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics-approved program. These programs have a mandatory academic (didactic) component complemented by a dietetic internship involving 1,200 supervised hours in a health care setting. Following the completion of this internship, candidates must pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration examination and the Texas Jurisprudence Exam. They are then able to apply for licensure as a registered dietitian.

Continuing Professional Education

All registered dietitians must complete 75 hours of continuing professional education every five years to keep their CDR registration current. Many nutritionists use this as an opportunity to pursue a specialty such as diabetes, pregnancy and postnatal nutrition, oncology, or gastrointestinal health. Nutritionists must retake and pass the Texas Jurisprudence Exam and complete 12 continuing education credits every two years in Texas.

Get Over the Houston Hurdles and Get Back to Health

In many ways, Houston is a great place to live. In terms of health and wellness, it has some excellent parks and recreation areas for getting exercise, health-conscious eateries, and a variety of fresh food sources, including farmer's markets. However, it's undeniable that Houston has a problem with its weight. According to the 2019 Houston "State of Health" report, nearly 72% of adults in Harris County are overweight or obese, which is higher than both the Texas and national figures. 

Long commutes and a lack of public transportation

If you live and work in Houston, chances are that you spend a significant portion of your morning behind the wheel. Houston is notoriously lacking in mass transit, so most people end up driving everywhere, which doesn't correlate with healthy habits such as walking. 

Large portion sizes and effortless food ordering make it hard to stay on track

It might be a cliche to say that everything's bigger in Texas, but when it comes to portion sizes and the availability of fast food, that overused expression isn't far from the truth. Houston has some fantastic restaurants representing cuisines from all over the world, but one thing that many of them have in common is a tendency to serve extra-large portions. 

Similarly, fast food outlets, food trucks, and delivery services seem to be everywhere in Houston. In addition to the unhealthiness of the food, the ordering models used by fast-food restaurants and food delivery apps make it incredibly easy to order more menu items than you need.

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes an expert nutritionist?

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Expert nutritionists have a depth of clinical experience and inspire their clients to make sustainable, long-term improvements to their eating habits and lifestyle. We expect our experts to have familiarity and expertise in multiple areas of nutrition science beyond weight management, as well as an exemplary track record of helping clients achieve their health and wellness objectives.

How much does a weight loss nutritionist cost in Houston?

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Weight loss nutritionists in Houston set their rates based on a range of factors, including educational attainment, years of experience, and additional qualifications and certifications. Working in private practice vs. a nonprofit clinic will also have a bearing on the rates they charge. The average range for a session with a Houston weight loss nutritionist is $85 to $200, although initial consultations may cost even more.

What does a two-week risk-free trial mean?

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We are very confident that you'll find working with an expert nutritionist to be valuable and transformative to your daily life. However, we also promise our clients that if they aren't satisfied with their nutrition counseling sessions after two weeks, they can terminate their use of our services and receive a full refund.

What does the nutrition specialist help with?

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Our nutrition specialists have a clinical nutrition background, so they can make insightful recommendations about which nutritionist has the knowledge, experience, and approach to best guide each client to weight loss success. At your free nutrition consultation, you'll discuss relevant details about your medical history, sleep patterns, typical daily routine, and eating habits in order to give them a complete snapshot of your lifestyle, as well as your wellness goals.

What if I don't like the recommendations a nutrition specialist provides?

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Our nutrition specialists have an excellent track record of pairing clients with the ideal nutritionist for their needs. However, if you aren't completely satisfied with your nutritionist and their weight loss strategy, we'll help you find a more compatible professional.

Full Transparency Pros and Cons

Many programs can assist you on your weight loss journey. We firmly believe that working with an online nutritionist is an effective way to be guided and supported with expert input. Still, it's equally important that you know the other options available. Here are the pros and cons of some different weight loss strategies that you might want to consider.

In-Person Weight Loss Nutritionists

Pros

  • Some people aren't comfortable with video appointments or prefer the more personal face-to-face nature of a "real" consultation rather than a virtual one. In this case, a weight loss nutritionist in the Houston area might be a good option.
  • If you live in certain parts of Houston, it may be possible for you to attend nutritionist appointments at a hospital, doctor's office, or health clinic. Some parts of the city have more access to health care professionals than others.  

Cons

  • Your options for in-person nutritionists are limited to those who live and work in the Houston area, rather than who the best nutritionists are in the country. By limiting yourself to Houston-based practitioners, you may not find a top nutrition expert who specializes in the areas that are relevant to you. 
  • With an in-person nutritionist, you won't be able to attend appointments from the comfort of your own home or communicate with them if you need them out-of-hours (while grocery shopping, for example), whereas online nutritionists can provide 24/7 support.
  • Houston is a very car-centered city with somewhat limited public transportation infrastructure, so you'll probably need a vehicle to get to your appointments with an in-person nutritionist. 

Insurance

Pros

  • If you have health issues such as heart disease, kidney disease, or high blood sugar, your health insurance provider may cover (or partly cover) the cost of nutrition counseling.
  • Your nutritionist may liaise with other medical professionals in your provider's network, such as cardiologists or renal specialists, thus providing you with a more coordinated provision of care.

Cons

  • This option is mainly for people with complex medical needs, not those simply hoping to reach and maintain a healthy weight.
  • Not only will you be limited to practitioners in the Houston area, but you'll be limited to those covered by your health insurance provider. You may not be able to find an in-network specialist who matches up to all of your needs and goals.
  • Your insurance provider may cover nutrition education such as workshops and seminars, but they may not cover one-on-one appointments with a nutritionist or dietitian.
  • You'll most likely have to pay a co-pay for appointments with a nutritionist, even if your insurance company covers the rest.

Online Meal Plans

Pros

  • Online meal plans come with instructions and pre-portioned ingredients, so you don't have to be a particularly skillful cook to prepare your meals.
  • In some cases, online meal plans may be a good option for busy professionals who don't have time to cook. Suppose you're already knowledgeable about your personal nutrition needs, and you choose a reputable company. In that case, you may be able to select a meal plan that works for your body and your schedule.

Cons

  • Some meal plans frequently provide highly processed food yet low in calories rather than wholesome, filling, and nutritious options. Denying yourself calories and suitable portion sizes is not a sustainable approach for reaching and staying at a healthy weight. Even worse, it can cause disordered eating and problems with your metabolic health.
  • Unlike a personalized plan from a nutritionist, online meal plans don't consider factors such as your medical history, activity level, location, stress levels, and sleep habits. An online meal plan won't help you become an expert in healthy eating and lifestyle choices, 
  • With an online meal plan, the cost per meal is significantly higher than if you were buying ingredients from the supermarket. Online meal plans may not be able to cater to individuals with specific food preferences or sensitivities (i.e., vegetarian, gluten-free).
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