Both nutritionists and naturopaths want you to eat healthily to help you reach your health goals, however, their approach differs significantly. Your family doctor may suggest you see a nutritionist if you need to lose weight, gain weight, lower blood sugar, balance cholesterol, etc. There are many reasons you may be referred to a nutritionist, however, while a nutritionist can provide meal planning guidance, they will not be able to address the underlying health condition like a naturopath would. A naturopathic doctor will be able to provide thorough nutritional guidance, as well as assessing other key areas of your health with advanced testing options. Once they understand the root cause of your health condition, the naturopath will then create a comprehensive treatment plan for you and be able to track important biomarkers, blood tests, and key measurements over time.