On any given day, you can turn on the television to find someone talking about the latest diet. If you’ve struggled with health or weight issues, you may pay special attention to the latest news on nutrition. If you’ve ever cut out carbs completely, eaten only meat and fats, avoided all fruit, eaten only fruit, or juiced until your eyeballs were floating, you know the desperation of trying to find something that works for you!
So, why haven’t these diets worked so far?
A Certified Clinical Nutritionist Is the Missing Link
The fact is, you probably started one of those fad diets because you heard that it worked for someone else. Perhaps you had a friend that lost 20 pounds in just a month because she only ate meat and fats. These so-called success stories inspire you to do the same, and it can be a frustrating mystery when you don’t experience the same results. Why is this?
The bottom line is that we are all unique. That being said, there are some basic rules of nutrition that can’t be ignored. For instance, if you take in more calories than you use, then you will gain weight. However, there are other variables at play. You have different genetics, health concerns, and circumstances than anyone else. A shot in the dark approach is just going to add up to a lot of frustration. How do you know what will work for you and what won’t?
Enter your nutritionist. Certified clinical nutritionists are trained in how to personalize nutrition plans to fit each patient’s needs. What are some issues they can help with?
If you have health concerns, such as diabetes or high cholesterol, a nutritionist can certainly help you out. However, they can also help out with more idiopathic concerns, such as pain, chronic inflammation, digestion problems, skin issues, and hormone imbalances. Food is the fuel that feeds your body, so if the proper fuel isn’t being used, something will suffer. A nutritionist will help you to pinpoint just which foods you need to eat for your specific health concerns.
Weight Gain and Weight Loss
Both weight gain and weight loss can be a signal that something isn’t right in your body. While the amount of food you take in every day plays a huge role in your weight, so does the type of food you eat. Remember, just because it works for someone else, doesn’t mean it will work for you.
A nutritionist will be able to help you to identify which foods may be contributing to your weight gain or loss.
The goal of a certified clinical nutritionist is not to follow you around for the rest of your life telling you which foods are good for you and which are not. The end game is really to educate you, as the patient, on how you can make good choices. Have this approach in mind from day one with your nutritionist and you’ll surely succeed! Make sure to ask questions if you don’t understand something, and view your sessions as classroom time.
Perhaps you’ve been eating dairy your whole life, only to find recently that you can’t look at a piece of cheese without your stomach becoming angry. These types of food intolerance issues can be baffling and a bit frustrating.
A nutritionist will be able to help you to identify which foods are causing your problems (they might not be the ones you suspect!). Whether it’s a leaky gut or a mineral imbalance, it may be time for a reevaluation of what your body is able to digest. In the meantime, your nutritionist will help you to repair your digestive system so that it can function optimally.
Environmental toxins, including those you get from your food, weigh heavily on your body. Much like the engine in your car, your body needs you to clean out the junk from time to time if you’re going to run efficiently.
A nutritionist will be able to recommend a proper detoxification program while monitoring your progress and health along the way.
Finding the Right Nutritionist
How do you go about finding someone who is qualified to help you?
First, you’ll want to make sure you seek out someone who is certified. This means they’ve had proper training and have received certification from an accredited source, such as International & American Association of Clinical Nutrition(IAACN).
Next, you’ll want to see if you’re a good fit. For instance, at Atlas Drug & Nutrition, we offer free 10-minute phone or Skype consultations where you are able to get to know us a little bit before committing. It also allows us to get to know you, so that we can offer recommendations that fit your needs and lifestyle.
Ready to give it a go? Contact us for your free consultation! In the meantime, get educated with our ebook: Better Health Through Good Nutrition. Inside, you’ll learn about myths that are sabotaging your health, as well as what to do when your attempts to lose weight haven’t been working.