- Tailormade diets
Your local dietitian can develop a tailormade diet specifically for you. The aim of the diet would be to help you consume enough nutrients to keep you healthy and happy. It will consider your preferences, food intolerances, specific requirements, food allergies and even your budget. Tailormade plans can even be custom-made to fit your blood type, height and current weight. Diets that take these things into consideration are more likely to be effective than generic ones because they include the food you already like.
- Weight loss, gain or maintenance
Dietitians are trained to advise you on the best eating plan in the case that you want to lose, gain or maintain your weight. They can offer you a variety of options to help you achieve your body goals without putting your health at risk. They will also go on the journey with you, by working out your body fat and body mass index and helping you to identify the best weight for your height.
- Realistic goals
Your first visit with a dietitian with be a rather lengthy one. Your dietitian will look closely at your eating habits and help you set realistic weight loss goals that do not put your nutritional intake and general health at risk. You will set a follow up appointment with him/her and meet several times during your weight loss journey. At each visit, he or she will track your progress, hold you accountable, offer guidance, and help you stay on track.
- Nutrition for the long run
One of the reasons why many find dietitian consultations helpful for weight loss is because your dietitian will can help you make positive lifestyle changes that last. Not only will they tell you how many calories to eat per day to lose weight steadily and safely, but he or she will not give you a crash diet but a sustainable meal plan that you can enjoy for the rest of your life. This will help you not only lose weight but keep it off.
- Weight loss where it counts
Dietitians have special scales that do more than just weigh you. They can tell you how your weight is distributed between bone, muscle, fat and water weight. The report from these special scales will also tell you exactly how much body fat you have to lose and/or how much muscle mass you need to gain where necessary. Your dietitian uses that information to show you how to lose the mass you have to lose, while maintaining the others. Dietitians often work with fitness professionals to help you combine a diet and fitness programme that leads to long term success.