How Nutritional Counseling Can Change Your Life

Following a healthy diet can help satisfy your appetite, stop weight gain, and burn more calories. It can also help you restore nutritional deficiencies or hormonal imbalances that may be contributing to weight gain. However, most people don’t have the expertise to determine what to eat and what to avoid to achieve control over their weight.

With more than two-thirds of U.S. adults considered overweight or obese, it’s clear that many people don’t understand how to plan and eat a healthy diet. The typical American diet exceeds the recommended levels of sodium, refined grains, added sugars, and saturated fat. 

Nutritional counseling can help you determine the type of diet and lifestyle changes you need to establish and maintain a healthy weight. The process teaches you about nutrition education, diet planning, and lifestyle choices. Nutritional counseling can guide you in developing realistic weight management strategies while also providing the support you need to stick to your plan and reach your goals.

Arthur S. Lieberman, DO, of Macomb Medical Clinic in Sterling Heights, Michigan, provides expert nutritional counseling to patients trying to achieve their weight loss goals and improve their health. Dr. Lieberman helps patients succeed by providing personalized guidance and ongoing support as they navigate their journey to a healthier weight and improved well-being.

Nutritional counseling can provide just what you need to achieve and maintain better health. The results can give you more confidence, increase energy, and improve your quality of life. Read more about the benefits of nutritional counseling and how this process can change your life. 

Nutrition education

Nutritional counseling empowers you with the skills you need to eat healthily. By learning how different nutrients affect your body, you understand the pros and cons of each food group. This knowledge helps you recognize and accept responsibility for the impact of your food choices on your energy, metabolism, and weight. 

By assessing your current food and lifestyle behaviors, Dr. Lieberman identifies areas where you need to make changes and educates you on how to implement the transitions. For example, understanding how to keep track of nutrients and other food ingredients such as sugar and salt can help you regulate your intake of important foods and total quantities you consume. 

Once you understand how to plan a healthy diet, you can cook and eat the right amounts of healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, and natural protein sources. You can also better identify foods that can interfere with your goals so you can avoid them and have more control over your diet.

Goals and strategies

Nutritional counseling can help you establish goals and identify realistic strategies to change the behavior that interferes with weight loss and well-being. This aspect of nutritional counseling involves assessing your individual needs with regard to your health and medical condition, then determining ways to accomplish those goals based on your lifestyle and personality.

Nutritional counseling can help you identify realistic behavior changes that will make a measurable difference with regard to weight loss and overall health. These strategies may involve using portion control, eating out less, increasing physical activity, or finding alternative ways to manage triggers that lead to unhealthy eating. 

Accountability

The process of nutritional counseling typically involves multiple office visits. Scheduled weigh-ins, body composition testing, and dietary assessments can motivate you to stay on track. This can make you feel accountable and responsible for following through on recommended diet, physical activity, and lifestyle decisions. 

Regular medical examinations can also help identify what’s working and where modifications may be necessary. This can be key in avoiding lengthy plateaus or setbacks that can threaten your commitment to reaching your goals.

Ongoing support

Nutritional counseling establishes a source of professional support for times when you have questions, concerns, or experience setbacks. Through nutritional counseling, Dr. Lieberman can help you find the motivation you need to stay focused on your goals. When necessary, he works with you to reassess and realign your goals to accommodate changing circumstances in your health or lifestyle.

Find out more about the ways nutritional counseling can change your life. Call our office today to arrange a consultation. 

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