Whether or not you need a nutritionist probably depends on individual circumstances. Getting professional help always comes with a cost (in most countries at least) so it is worth initially doing your own research if you feel inclined and have the time. There are plenty of references out there assisting people in their quest for healthy weight gain. Who knows there may just be some simple tips that you are unaware of that will make all the difference.
Should I see a Nutritionist?
If you stilll cannot put on weight and it is affecting your health and lifestyle then it is probably worth considering a nutritionist.
If you choose to use a nutritionist make sure you choose a registered nutritionist as the term ‘nutritionist’ is not always a protected title. This means that anyone can call themselves a nutritionist, even without formal training. Choosing a registered nutritionist means that they will be qualified with a University degree and have significant experience.
What does a Nutritionist do?
A nutritionist will generally ask you to fill in a questionnaire before meeting for your appointment. During your appointment they will discuss your goals and give you information as to whether your goals are realistic for you. They will also work with you to decide on, and make the changes that you need to achieve your goals. This may include changes to the type of foods, when you eat your meals or changes in serving sizes. After your appointment you will usually be provided with feedback and written information regarding what you need to work on before your next appointment. How many appointments you need is determined on a case by case basis.
If a nutritionist does not sound like what you are after some other good alternatives may be a dietician or a personal trainer. Your doctor should be able to refer you to either of these professionals.
It should be noted that there are many similarities between nutritionists, dieticians and personal trainers. Often what they recommend overlaps so if you can find someone that you get along well with and trust then stick with them. After all they could just be the support you need in order to obtain that body shape that you are after.