Five Reasons to See a Nutritionist Now
Posted by: Tampa Cardio
On: April 21, 2015
When it comes to your diet and health, nothing can top the advice of a licensed nutritionist or dietician. No two people are the same, and nutrition specialists have a special knowledge and understanding of how what we put into our bodies has on the way our bodies look and feel. While there are many reasons why you may be considering a visit to a professional, a few of these reasons are highlighted for you below.
1. You want to reach and maintain a healthy weight.
If you have ever tried to lose or gain weight on your own, then you know that it is an uphill battle, and one in which many people never succeed. While it may seem appealing to try every fad diet until one works, putting yourself through the ringer like that can only cause more harm than good. Many find that even if they do successfully reach their ideal weight, maintaining that weight can be even more difficult than reaching it was in the first place. What’s even worse is that many of the popular diet crazes and pills can be extremely dangerous, causing people to drop weight at levels so fast that they put themselves at risk for heart attack. Whether you are looking to lose or gain weight, an experienced nutritionist can help you to come up with a plan that is not only effective, but one that is healthy and safe as well.
2. You have food allergies or digestive problems.
Digestive tracts vary from one person to another, and what one person may love, may be another’s poison. People are quick to assume that all food allergies are deadly, but most actually effect people relatively mildly or over such long periods of time that they don’t even really notice. But those migraines or stomach aches that have been affecting you for years may just be the result of a food allergy or sensitivity that you aren’t aware of or haven’t even considered. In addition, some people have digestive systems that are simply more sensitive than others, and find that certain foods or types of food are prone to causing discomfort. Through testing and other methods, a nutritionist can help determine what specifically is causing your discomfort, and help you develop a plan for avoiding those foods and working them safely out of your diet.
3. You have a serious medical condition – such as diabetes, heart disease, or high blood pressure – that requires a special diet.
Everything that you put into your body effects your heart, veins, arteries, and blood sugar levels and an unhealthy diet can easily result in an unhealthy body. If you’ve already been diagnosed with such a condition, then there is no doubt that your physician has encouraged you to make important diet and lifestyle changes. Actually, carrying out these changes can be difficult, especially if you are suddenly forced to live without many of your favorite foods. A nutritionist can help you manage your condition by recommending the appropriate foods to strengthen your heart and veins while lowering your risk for stroke or heart attack, often recommending healthier alternatives to the foods that you already like.
4. You want to prevent future disease and improve your overall health.
Even if you haven’t been diagnosed with a diet-related condition, you may be concerned about developing one in the future and know that prevention is your wisest option. You may even simply want to eat better, because you’ve heard that eating healthy can not only improve your appearance, but can make you feel better as well both physically and mentally. Many also feel the need to visit a nutritionist simply as they get older and their nutritional needs change, or women as they become pregnant and are thinking about how their diet is affecting their future child. It’s always best to see a nutritionist before there are any problems, and visiting one as a means of prevention can definitely help you to take note of your poor eating habits, and start incorporating healthy ones into your everyday life.
5. You need the extra motivation and support in order to reach your goals.
No matter what your diet goals may be, we all face setbacks along the way and must respond to friends and family members who don’t believe in us. The hardest problems arise, however, when you don’t even believe in yourself or set unrealistic goals and expectations that only set you up for future disappointment when you can’t reach them. There is absolutely nothing wrong with needing a little extra help or encouragement, and your nutritionist is here to provide you with just that. A nutritionist is not here to judge you or make you feel worse about yourself, only to help you come up with achievable goals and plan accordingly to reach them.
If any of the above reasons apply to you, then please contact Tampa Cardiovascular Associates today, and make an appointment with our on-staff licensed nutritionist.
Posted by: Tampa Cardio