Reasons for a nutritionist

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I was asked why I saw a nutritionist and I thought I would talk about nutritionist/dieticians/diet doctors etc.
I have had many professional opinions over the years. I have always been overweight and my parents were concerned when I was a kid and I am concerned as an adult. The way my family deals with any issues is with knowledge. The more knowledge the better, right? Since none of us knew anything about diet/nutrition/weight loss, we looked to friends, relatives, and professionals to give us more knowledge and help us with the work and solution for my specific weight problems. I was always involved with sports and had a small bust and small waist, so why was the bottom half of me so large? Now as I age, the fat has collected in a more uniform way over my body, LOL, (probably due to not having the sports activities) but my upper half is still considerably smaller. My father describes the help of others like a coach/trainer helping someone. In a professional sport or in training for marathons/olympic events, everyone needs someone to watch and offer a knowledgeable opinion of how to adjust or correct any problems occurring, just to make us the best at what we want to be. That is why I have always sought out the opinions of professionals in diet/nutrition/fitness/whateve
r else it might be.
So with this particular time, I was on a plateau in my weight loss and was tired of seeing the same weight on the scale, and still not fitting into smaller sizes. I had changed my eating habits and I had started exercising, which was a drastic difference from before Spark. It was at least two months of stagnation and I asked my doctor to refer me to a nutritionist. It was helpful and I also have a renewed interest and motivation to keep at my commitment that I made at the beginning of the year. I want to be smaller and fitter for my 40th birthday and I will be.
Thanks to all of the professionals out there that can be the knowledgeable perspective I need.
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    I see an eating disorder counselor and as long as the numbers balance out and I am eating the right things and not obsessing things go pretty well. For me the key is exercise and steady dietary changes and to keep a finger on emotional eating. When I am doing those things I seem to be OK. I am glad I have the extra help. I also do extra reading and get some support from my friends in the non virtual world. It sounds like you are doing something similar. Pretty much what works for you. I agree that knowledge is power and the extra support is helpful, too. I like talking to someone who knows the ropes and has got all the information that I need to make a go of it.

    4068 days ago
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I decided to enlist the help of a professional dietician this year and she has made all the different in the world. I wouldn't be where I am without her help!! Good luck!
    4068 days ago
    Good for you getting the help that you need!
    Spark people is a great tool.
    4071 days ago
    Glad that you got the help you needed, sometimes we all need that extra support or help!
    4076 days ago
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    Good for you! I have friends that would just call it quits if they hit a wall. My gym has a nutritionist/trainer on site 8-5 Mon-Fri and I consult him occasionally. He does want to push the Protein diet, but since I have SparkPeople now to help me figure out my calories/carbs/protein, etc. I am pushing forward.

    Nice Blog!
    4077 days ago
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