At one time, dietitians were only required for people who have had a surgery or a disease. For example, people who experienced heart attacks or had survived one were advised to consult a dietitian. More often than not, hospitals provided the dietitians themselves. The dietitian prepared a diet chart, which was given to the patient as and when he or she was discharged. This was the scenario in the year 2000. Now as we are nearing 2017, the word dietitian has become as common as the word diet. Thanks to books and newspapers, everybody is aware of dietitians like Rujuta Diwekar and Pooja Makhija. The success of books written by these two dietitians proves their popularity. Now, dietitians are just a call away. Nobody needs to get a disease or a disorder for consulting them.
Why are dietitians important?
- As per research conducted by National Center for Biotechnology Information, India is home to 62 million diabetic individuals. At the way it is progressing, it is going to become an epidemic. The prevalence of the disease clearly shows that there is something wrong with the diet of an average Indian, hence the need of dietitian.
- It is often very difficult to follow a diet without motivation and encouragement. A dietitian can provide both.
- With the fitness industry growing (it is valued at 4,500 Cr) at a fast rate, dietitians are needed for complementing physical workouts.
This article by Fitso is its first edition that lists the top 10 practicing nutritionists in India. Based on responses submitted and post-rigorous checks and extensive data analysis on an individual nutritionist’s response, online and social presence, experience in the field, achievements, followers, education, and training and even minor factors including blogs written, end-consumer response gained on blogs, skills endorsement on LinkedIn, we curated a list of top 10 dietitians in the country. Here’s the final list:
1. Rujuta Diwekar
India’s leading nutrition and exercise science expert, RujutaDiwekar is a Mumbai-based celebrity nutritionist and winner of the prestigious ‘Nutrition award’ from Asian Institute of Gastroenterology (AIG). She was voted as one of the 50 most powerful people in India by People magazine in 2012. She has a celebrity clientele, including industrialist Anil Ambani and Bollywood actors Kareena Kapoor, Karisma Kapoor, Anupam Kher, Richa Chadda and many more.
You can read more about Rujuta Diwekar and Diet philosophy here.
2. Raksha Changappa
Raksha Changappa is an Indian dietician-cum-nutritionist based in Bangalore. She is a prominent nutrition author, a nutrition panelist and a dietician honored with multiple awards (as many as 17) and accolades in the country. Time and again, the national media houses have covered her for her contribution in the space. She specializes in rare disorders like phenylketonuria, systemic lupus, avascular necrosis and treats better-known disorders like obesity, diabetes mellitus too.
3. Anjali Muherjee
Anjali Mukerjee is a well-known name in the world of Health nutritionists. Here celebrity clientele includes Neha Dhupia, Priyanka Chopra and many more. Her book ‘Healing with Foods’ is already on the bestseller list. She started her clinical practice in 1984. With a specialization in Dietetics & Nutrition from American Academy of Nutrition, she followed a Ph.D. in alternative Medicine. As a nutritionist, she believes in understanding her patient’s lifestyle issues to the core and develop crucial insights on it. She started her own company in 1997.
4. Pooja Makhija
An MSc in Food Science and Nutrition from Mumbai, Pooja Makhija is a nutritionist to a wide gamut of people from diverse backgrounds to include film & fashion fraternity, CEOs, entrepreneurs and housewives. Pooja’s cream of celebrity clients includes RanbirKapoor, SonamKapoor, KaranJohar etc. She has a couple of really cool tips for losing out some extra kgs.
You can read more about Pooja Makhija and her Diet philosophy here.
5. Ishi Khosla
Ishi Khosla is a Delhi based nutritionist and the founder of Whole Foods, a one-stop shop for nutrition needs. She suffered from obesity at a very young age. She then started applying self-devised weight loss methods on herself and slimmed down. That got her interested in nutrition. She refused to take her MBBS exams and has an advanced degree from Lady Irwin College in Food and Nutrition. She had a productive career as a nutritionist in the preventive cardiology unit of Escorts Heart Institute, Delhi, which she quit to set up Whole Foods.
6. Shonali Sabharwal
Shonali Sabherwal is a celebrity macrobiotic nutritionist. She is known for her brand Soulfood, which is about the macrobiotic approach to lifestyle and diet. Shonali Sabherwal is India’s first certified and qualified counselor and instructor in Macrobiotics from the Kushi Institute, Becket, Massachusetts, US. Shonali qualified in Marketing Research from Marquette University Milwaukee, USA. Shonali has authored two books: ‘The Beauty Diet’ and ‘The Love Diet’. Here celebrity clientele include Esha Doel, Jacqueline Fernandez and Sidharth Malhotra
7. Ryan Fernando
Ryan Fernando is an Award winning celebrity Sports Nutritionist to a host of Athletes. He has multiple awards and accolades to his name including the Best Nutritionist ATP 2015. He has been the nutritionist to Olympic medal winner Sushil Kumar, actors and sportsmen like Aamir Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Shikhar Dhawan, Robin Uthappa, Harbhajan Singh. He is the founder of Qua Nutrition and leads a team of over 50 dietitians.
8. Harpreet Kaur
She is an influential dietitian in the field of the therapeutic diet. She is a columnist in two of the most influential dailies and frequent blogger at top fitness blogs in India. She renowned corporate trainer & counselor in Dietetics and Nutrition. She is also Senior Diet Coach at Fitso.
9. Shikha Sharma
Shikha studied MBBS degree from Maulana Azad Medical College and an inherent interest in a natural and healthy way of life helped her realize her true calling, Preventive Medicine. She studied Ayurveda. She diagnoses clinically the medical needs of patients and analyzed their body constitution. She strongly recommends both men & women after the age of 35 to go for regular health check-ups and modify their food pattern according to their lifestyle. She is Founder and CEO of NutriHealth.
10. Dr. Anupa Siddhu
How can we end the list with mentioning the influential academician in the field of nutrition! She is Director of Food and Nutrition, Lady Irwin College, University of Delhi. She is the reason for the success of influential alumni from this college. She is a renowned speaker and author of numerous research paper in the field of nutrition.
Well, these are the top dietitians for the year. Like this year, next year again, we will open up nominations for this coveted post and will continue releasing top performing dietitian’s year over year.