How a Dietitian Can Help You Lose
Weight — The Right Way
Tired of trying fad diets? There's a reason they don’t work. Quick weight loss is never as simple as eating a few magical foods or following a diet you read about in a magazine. In fact, many popular diets can result in nutritional deficiencies. When trying to establish a healthy diet, work with a registered dietitian who specializes in obesity support.
Dietitians are experts when it comes to nutrition. A registered Dietitian holds at least a bachelor’s degree and has studied fields ranging from microbiology to nutrition science. Many registered Dietitians have advanced degrees and specialize in nutritional and health issues.
Dietitians assist with far more than weight loss and dieting. Many Dietitians work with patients to resolve medical issues, meet the nutritional needs of the elderly and support individuals undergoing surgical procedures such as gastric banding surgery. Most dietitians work in hospitals, schools, private practices and medical weight loss clinics.
Whether you’re morbidly obese or need to lose weight for health reasons, a Dietitian can put together a safe weight loss program. Unless you’ve studied nutrition extensively, it’s unlikely that you would be able to create a balanced, low-calorie diet on your own. Healthy weight loss programs balance reduced caloric intake with appropriate amounts of important nutrients from sources like leafy vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains.
In order to lose weight and stay healthy, patients often require more than a simple meal plan. Motivation and education are a huge part of diet success. Dietitians can offer tips for eating healthy at restaurants, purchasing healthy food at the grocery store, and introducing appropriate amounts of exercise into daily routines.
Almost anyone can benefit from the services of a Dietitian. Some Dietitians work with athletes while others complement weight loss programs such as the Slimband program, which combines surgical techniques with a lifelong, healthy follow-up diet.
Gastric banding surgery limits the amount of food a patient can eat at one time. Because weight loss surgery patients eat smaller meals, nutritional monitoring is key to overall health after surgery. At Slimband, patients work with a full weight loss specialist team after surgery. Dietitians are especially helpful during this process. With the right balance of foods and supplements, healthy weight loss can be achieved and maintained.