Finding the Right Nutritionist for You

Finding the Right Nutritionist for You

by Shearly (SU)

Nutrition is the science of food, and as America is plagued by diet related diseases including the leading killers in America, obesity and cardiovascular disease, people need the right guidance to help them on a journey to a more healthy lifestyle. A balanced diet is important because your organs and tissues need proper nutrition to work effectively. Without good nutrition, your body is more prone to disease, infection, fatigue, and poor performance. Whether consuming too many sugars and fatty foods, or not enough vital nutrients, bad eating habits can persist for the rest of your life.

Looking to start the year on the right foot with a closer look at your health? With more and more of us becoming aware of how food affects our health and well being, it’s important to seek out people who are qualified nutrition coaches to help with the process. If you are planning to lose weight this year and it tops your to-do list, then you must be wondering where to go, or who to turn to.

Similar to other fitness disciplines, nutrition coaches use a variety of approaches and coaching styles. These include having client’s track calories and food intake with a food journal, practice learning portion sizes, and read those nutrition labels. Some coaches give very detailed instruction and emphasize specific numbers and goals, while others opt for a more generalized and habit-based approach.

Needless to say, people get interested in nutrition for a variety of reasons. Some want to lose weight while others are looking to gain muscle, manage diabetes, reduce cholesterol, improve performance in a particular sport, or perhaps figure out what “paleo” means. Within the realm of nutrition, these are all realistic goals that will affect the type of nutritionist you seek.

A nutritionist is a health practitioner who engages preventive measures for keeping people healthy. A qualified nutritionist can teach you how to eat a healthy and more balanced diet. Often, an improved diet can help deal with certain health conditions, such as diabetes. Choosing the right nutritionist is especially important if you are trying to manage a chronic disease or manage your weight.

A good nutritionist is not the one who will make you lose weight at the drop of your hat, but the one who motivates you. They will help create long-term and short-term goals, and make them a reality. They will help manage your weight by using corrective measures of diet, exercise and lifestyle patterns. A good nutritionist will be with you every step of the way, and make these changes a part of your daily living.

Here are some things to consider when you are finding the right nutrition coach for you:

Everyone is different:  Not every diet or method will work the same way for each individual. A good nutritionist will find the right methods and create the goals needed to achieve success.

Coaching Style:  Similar to other fitness disciplines, nutrition coaches use a variety of approaches and coaching styles. People either opt for a generalized or habit-based approach. Choose the one that sounds more beneficial for you and your journey.

Philosophy:  It’s important to determine the coach’s philosophy and whether or not it matches your own. Are they open-minded when it comes to nutrition? Do they keep up with current trends and research? Good nutrition coaches should have an evidence-based approach, continually pushing themselves to learn and advance their own knowledge. At the same time, they shouldn’t be prone to dismissing any new approach, but instead be able to objectively judge it on past experience and supporting research. These are good criteria to keep in mind when researching your coach.

Rapport:  Having the ability to connect with a coach is extremely important to the success of the whole process. Don’t hesitate to switch if it doesn’t feel like a good fit. Remember, this is about finding the right coach for you.

Other things to ask and consider:

What are your goals?

How will the coach approach implementing nutrition changes within your current lifestyle?

Does the coach offer an initial consultation to get a feel for the types of services available?

What is the coach’s background?

What led them to become a nutrition coach?

What is their area of expertise?

To find out more information on how to find the right nutritionist for you, and to maintain a nutritious diet, call SynergenX Health at (281) 362-5580 or request an appointment online.