Nutrition counseling is an ongoing process in which a health professional, usually a registered dietitian, works with an individual to assess his or her usual dietary intake and identify areas where change is needed. The nutrition counselor provides information, educational materials, support, and follow-up to help the individual make and maintain the needed dietary changes.

The goal of nutrition counseling is to help a person make and maintain dietary changes. Nutrition counseling is an integral part of weight loss or muscle gain for persons with eating disorders. The nutrition counselor and individual work together to assess current eating patterns and identify areas where change is needed.