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ATHENA1966 Posts: 2,442
11/27/12 8:27 P

Absolutely. A few years ago I was pre-diabetic. That scared me. I went straight to our RD. They are experts in nutrition. I rely heavily on the RD where I work (for patients).

CORTNEY-LEE SparkPoints: (53,174)
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11/27/12 8:12 P

Dietary counseling was part of my pre-surgical program.

My first RD wasn't a very good one and she treated me as if I was stupid. After she passed away, my second one was great!

She gave me tons of helpful suggestions! I think seeking their advice is a wonderful idea.

Edited by: CORTNEY-LEE at: 11/27/2012 (20:28)
ELLGEEBEE SparkPoints: (1,038)
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11/27/12 7:57 P

I also consulted with a nutritionist and she gave me simple advice which helped me immensely. She basically advised that I eat more often (three smaller meals with 2-3 snacks per day) and increase my protein consumption. I remember the first week after following her recommendations I dropped 9 lbs! It slowed down to 1.5 - 2.0 lbs. per week after that, but it remained consistent which is all that matters to me!

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11/27/12 1:32 P

I have to say getting help from qualified professionals really made a difference for me. I'm blessed to be living in Canada where our medical care is provided "free" (although we do pay alot of taxes). I've made several attempts at weight loss using Sparkpeople, and my last attempt was the most depressing...my weight loss efforts resulted in me gaining 15 pounds!!!! Not very inspiring. So I found my way through a referral from GP, to a medical weight loss clinic, its not a gimicky thing were they push lots of supplements to make $$$. It is a team of actual medical professionals, an internal medicine specialist, cardiologists, nutritionists,dieticians and bariatric educators. Part of the approach is they do a lot of medical testing and they monitoring changes in those to hopefully show progress. Well one of the tests to start the program was a breathing test to test your BMR. That test showed that I have a very slow metabolism. So they have me on an eating plan of no more than 1300 calories a day. I'm really eating between 1100 and 1200 cals a day. I'm required to track my food and at every appointment I meet with the doctor and a BE who reviews my food log and gives me pointers. I am happy to say that I have actually lost some weight....enough to keep from being discouraged. If I did not have that testing done, I would not know I had a super slow metabolism, and I would have continued eating 1300 to 1700 calories a day based on the numbers spark provided (and continued to gain weight). The program I am in also focuses alot on learning....beyond the basic "to lose weigh you have to decrease input and increase output". I've learned that its much more complex than that. The BEs have also pointed some interesting things out on my food log that I would not have clued into such as the type of protein bar I was using actually had a high fat content and pointed me towards ones with lower fat content and have extra fibre in them. So I'm a big supporter of working with professionals to individualize your approach, especially when the general one size fits all approach is not working. I have researched a number of "private" programs (not covered by gov't health insurance) that would cost thousands of dollars, where they pushed all sorts of supplements and products, and what struck me is when I talked to the people that "schill" for them that they all preyed on the emotional side of being overweight, without actually having any actual medical training or scientific evidence that the program works. They kind of made me feel "sh*tty" about myself, even more than I was already feeling with the extra weight. The promise all sorts of crazy results to suck you in, and then keep pushing you more and more to buy their "stuff". Where I am now does not sell a single thing. The doctors are always on top of the changing science because the doctors that run the program are not only clinicians but they are researchers at universities also. They don't admit to knowing all the answers and don't push a cookie cutter approach, but they are seriously committed to solving the obsesity problems that face society today.....plus the doctor I see is a cutie and has a great "bedside" manner lol. I'm very fortunate to be in a part of the country that has this program available and hope it can be used as a model to establish similliar programs in other places.

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11/27/12 10:04 A

YUP! emoticon

I really liked her!! She was a big help to me!

DIDS70 Posts: 5,070
11/27/12 10:03 A

Her name was Christine Palumbo.

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11/27/12 9:53 A

Dids70 -- the nutritionist I saw was also in Naperville!! I wonder if it was the same person? What a small, small world!! :-)

DIDS70 Posts: 5,070
11/27/12 9:31 A

I have as well. I saw a nutritionist in Naperville, Il who was awesome. I didn't work with her long, but she did give me a lot of insight.

The other "professional" I worked with was an instructor/chef for Raw Foods. She was awesome as well. not many nutritionists/dieticians work with vegan raw people unless they are that way themselves.

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11/27/12 8:19 A

I sometimes consult with my Aunt, a retired Registered Dietitian. Her perspective is amazing...she worked in dietary research, as an academic, and in a hospital. Her biggest help to me is sifting through the BS of fad diets, and understanding what is tried-and-true. In the end, I've learned from her that there are no shortcuts, no miracle weight-loss solutions, and no pills that can compete with a well-balanced diet and exercise. (Of course, balance will often mean something a little different depending on your personal situation). She has helped me tailor my eating regime, helped me worry less about some foods and be more aware of others...helped me cut back on some un-necessary supplements...stopped me from over-exercising...and assisted me in making better on-the-fly nutrition choices for when I'm travelling or at restaurants.

I learned mostly that when you speak to a dietician, you may not hear what you want because there are no easy-no-sweat-no-decision-making long-term solutions to one's obesity. But what you will get are facts, objectivity, and a professionalism that comes with an academic mind and an objectivity that isn't trying to sell you something for profit.

NIRERIN Posts: 11,906
11/27/12 8:05 A

just try and make sure you actually have a registered dietitian, not a nutritionist. anyone can decide that they are going to call themselves a nutritionist, set up shop and consult people. registered dietitians actually have to go through certain classes and such. that's not to say that anyone calling themselves a nutritionist is a crock, just that there isn't anything you have to do to call yourself a nutritionist other than do so. some might have great insight, others might have utter hogwash.

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11/27/12 7:43 A

Yes...and I found it VERY helpful! I went only 4 times, but it really put me on a better path with food.

She looked at my food log (from about a week), and I was brutally honest in it. I would eat a small bowl of cereal for breakfast, a salad for lunch, then around 3...I ate the house down!! She really normalized this for me, and said---you're starving because you don't eat enough earlier in the day!

It made so much sense and it WORKED. I started eating bigger breakfasts and bulking up lunch with more protein and fat (she also helped me not be afraid of fat!).

It has really given me the tools to help me with my journey. Plus, it helped me with feeding my family better (I have three kids).

NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
11/27/12 4:20 A

i went to one for a while... however there was no personalized eating plan as I was already eating healthy and balanced meals. My issues were more psychological I guess. She helped me understand things like PMS related cravings/binges, obsessing about diet, etc. I think it can be helpful but make sure you take care of the easy stuff first (like make sure your diet is perfect - the information to do that is all over SP and hardly a secret) so you can concentrate on difficult issues rather than obvious ones like "this is a proper portion size" or "you need to eat fewer calories than you burn" which is just a waste of your time and money. If you go in with no knowledge and no track record of applying a good diet, they will have to start there with you which is, in my opinion, a waste of the dietician's experience/knowledge/time. I'd give the SP plan a few months at least before going to a professional unless a doctor has referred you for immediate consultation.

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11/27/12 2:26 A

Yes - I did - or rather my Dr sent me to a Dietitian. I had had years of often very high cholesterol (even tho' on meds for it), I was border-line pre-diabetic and suffered with bad pain as the result of arthritis of the spine and scoliosis. I had always eaten a really - healthy diet, and was generally in a range that someone my weight should have been losing on, but I was gradually gaining.

I had been on SP for a year, and faithfully weighed all of my food and entered it into the Nutrition Tracker. I took a few random printouts from my Nutrition Tracker to her to show her my diet and calories. It helped her immensely with identifying the problem and set about rectifying it. She didn't give me a 'diet' or meal plan because it food was already good. I still go to her but now only about 3 times a year.

The positive is that I am now at my goal weight after having been overweight for about 30 years. My Cholesterol and HbA1c is now perfectly normal, too, altho' I am still on meds for the Cholesterol.

Hope it helps,
Kris

AYOKUNLEGIRL SparkPoints: (4,092)
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11/27/12 1:31 A

I recently made an appointment with a nutrionist/dietitian and I was wondering if anyone here turn to professional help for a personalized meal plan and weight loss help in general? If you did, did you find it helpful?

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