G FORCE NUTRITION

Individualized nutrition services by a Registered Dietitian

Certifications and Credentials

  • MS: Master of Science in Nutrition & Physical Performance from Saint Louis University
  • RD: Registered Dietitian
  • CSSD: Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics
  • LD: Licensed Dietitian in the state of Illinois
  • CPT: Certified Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

Gerald S. Ernat

MS, RD, CSSD, LD, CPT

Hi everyone! My name is Gerald Ernat and I am a Sports Dietitian.

I received my BS in Food, Nutrition, & Dietetics from Illinois State University and then went on to Bradley University for my Dietetic Internship (all potential Registered Dietitians are required to go through an internship). After that, I received my MS in Nutrition & Physical Performance from Saint Louis University.

I have a specialty certification as a Sports Dietitian (CSSD) and I am also a Certified Personal Trainer from the ACSM.

I got into this profession because I used to be very unhealthy and didn’t like how I felt or looked, but also love food and want to help others. I understand how much of a struggle finding a healthy relationship with food can be and strive to help others as much as I can meet their health and fitness goals through nutrition. In my free time, I enjoy competing in powerlifting, strongman, and Scottish Highland Games competitions.

My method to help others is not some FAD diet that is super restrictive. It isn’t going to make you choke down foods you despise or cause you to only eat 1,000 calories/day. I focus on whole foods and portions sizes and work with all of my clients to make sure eating is enjoyable while still meeting their performance and body composition goals.

What’s the difference between a Registered Dietitian and a Nutritionist?

Registered Dietitian (RD/RDN)

Nutritionist

These terms are really easy to get mixed up.

Dietitians can call themselves Registered Dietitians (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) which adds on to the confusion. If you are looking to speak with a Dietitian, the easiest way is to look for “RD” or “RDN” in their credentials.

Not all nutritionists are bad. I am sure there are plenty that are knowledgeable and are great at their job, but just like any other healthcare profession, if you are looking for a professional with an extensive education and background in their field, Registered Dietitians are the nutrition experts.

Work With Me

My method to help others is not some FAD diet that is super restrictive. It isn’t going to make you choke down foods you despise or cause you to only eat 1,000 calories/day. I focus on whole foods and portions sizes and work with all of my clients to make sure eating is enjoyable while still meeting their performance and body composition goals.

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