Nutritional counseling is a structured, medically-supervised program that focuses on learning healthy eating and lifestyle which help patients lose weight, or achieve other health or medical needs and goals, without compromising nutrition. The body depends on a balanced supply of many critical vitamins and minerals to function normally, prevent diseases, and stay healthy. Nutritional counseling provides patients with the information and tools they need to achieve their goals.
Commercial and DIY diet plans are designed as “one-size-fits-all” options that don't take specific individual issues into consideration. As a result, patients may find they fail more often, either while dieting or when trying to maintain weight loss for the long-term. In addition, these diets can create significant nutritional deficiencies, especially in patients with undiagnosed causes of weight gain. Nutritional counseling is customized to each patient's unique needs, including lifestyle habits, food preferences, and medical testing to determine if any underlying conditions are present. As a result, patients can experience greater success both in losing excess weight and in keeping it off. Nutritional counseling is also important for anyone that has had bariatric surgery, helping to ensure they receive the nutrients required to maintain good health.
No, nutritional counseling can play an important role in managing chronic medical conditions like diabetes or heart disease, and it can be helpful in slowing the aging process, helping patients optimize their intake of antioxidants, and other micronutrients, which support tissue regeneration and optimal function throughout the body.
Nutritional counseling begins with a physical exam and lab testing to identify risk factors or underlying issues that may interfere with weight loss or health maintenance. Each patient will be asked about their eating and lifestyle habits, as well as their personal and family medical histories so the program can be optimized for their specific needs. Ongoing office visits will help ensure the program evolves as the patient's needs change over time.
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