It’s no secret that losing weight — and keeping it off — can be a challenge. Even with the best intentions, many people struggle to find an effective, sustainable approach to weight loss.
Regular exercise and a healthy diet are two key components of lasting weight loss, but knowing what (and how much) to eat isn’t easy. That’s where a registered dietician (RD) can help.
An RD is a valuable resource when you’re looking to lose weight. RDs specialize in the science of nutrition, and they’re trained to teach people of all ages how to eat healthier — yet RDs are a resource that many people overlook when it comes to weight loss.
At Medical Associates Of North Texas, we offer comprehensive weight loss programs, and we have an in-house RD to help. If you’re ready to lose weight, read on to see how working with an RD can help you achieve success.
How a registered dietician can help you achieve a healthy weight
RDs are trained health care professionals who offer personalized dietary recommendations to people of all ages. Our RD works alongside our physicians and staff to provide a comprehensive program to help you achieve a healthier weight. Here’s what they can offer you:
Evaluate your current diet & lifestyle
Your RD starts by getting to know you and your current habits. They may ask you about your usual diet, eating habits, physical activity level, medical history, and goals for weight loss.
Because successful and lasting weight loss is highly personal, this information helps them understand your unique needs and challenges. Then, they create a weight loss plan that is tailored to you.
Provide nutrition education
Knowledge is the foundation of a healthy diet. Your RD can educate you about nutrition and the skills you need to make healthy eating choices.
They can teach you everything from essential nutrients to correct portion sizes and help you make informed decisions about the foods you eat. They also provide support and guidance to help you stay on track in your daily life, such as navigating a busy schedule that doesn’t allow time for cooking at home every night.
Create personalized meal plans for you
Along with food education, your RD can create a meal plan tailored to your specific needs and goals. They consider your preferences, allergies, and medical conditions and work with you to create a meal plan that is both healthy and enjoyable.
Your meal plan includes the types of foods and amounts you should eat as you work toward your weight loss goal. Your RD may also include strategies for managing cravings and eating out.
Develop exercise plans for you
Food is only one aspect of successful weight loss, and your RD works with the rest of our health care team to develop a comprehensive weight loss program. Together, they create a workout plan that outlines the types of exercise appropriate for you and strategies for fitting exercise into your schedule.
Monitor your progress & offer ongoing accountability
Weight loss is a journey, and your needs change as you progress. Your RD checks in with you regularly to monitor your progress, taking your feedback and making adjustments to your plan as needed.
Your RD also provides ongoing support and guidance as you work toward your weight loss goals. They’re here to help you navigate challenges and setbacks and offer encouragement and motivation to help you stay on track.
If you’re ready to lose weight, it’s time to find out how an RD can help you reach those goals. Call our Fort Worth, Texas, office at 972-433-7178 or send us a message to boost your chances of success and start achieving a healthier you this year.