You have struggled with your weight for a years. You’ve tried many diets and programs. Your weight has yo-yoed up and down and you’ve grown frustrated. You have come to the conclusion that you need the help of a professional to help solve your weight issues once and for all.
Seeking nutrition advice can be an intimidating proposition. You realize that you need a change, but you don’t know where to look or what to expect. Well, this article will help guide you on what to expect from a nutrition consultation whether you seek the counsel of a Registered Dietician, a Certified Nutritionist or other nutrition professional.
First, a nutrition consultant should not be a stiff, authority figure dictating what you can and can’t eat and telling you why your unhealthy, why you’re overweight or why you have whatever disease you may have.
A nutritional consultant should be kind, concerned and supportive while offering clear and concise information. They should be able to answer your questions or at least find the answers for you.
The consultant’s goal should be to facilitate your goals.
The consultant is not there to diagnose or prescribe, but to offer insight, education and support.
A consultation should be an exchange of questions and answers, the consultant should obtain a basic health history, provide you with a body assessment, a meal plan, recipes and ongoing support.
The meal plan should have a clear, obtainable goal or goals. It should be somewhat flexible and should provide results.
You should be able to email or phone your consultant to ask basic questions and this should not cost extra.
You should be willing to ask questions and engage in the process. After all, it is your health.
You must be committed to following through if you expect to see results. The more committed you are, the better your outcome will be.
If the plan isn’t working for your lifestyle or you have been on a plan for a while, but not seeing results, please let your consultant know. The more honest you are with yourself and your consultant, the easier and faster your goals will be obtained.
Your nutrition program should teach you new, healthy habits that will last beyond your program.
You should have follow-ups with your consultant to track progress, adjust plans, obtain further support and set new goals.
Remember, great food and healthy lifestyles can be fun and rewarding. You should always approach your goals and health with optimism!