Well, 2017 has officially arrived. Ergo, I’m probably coming to you live right now from your phone or tablet, which is perched upon the elliptical as the “New Year, New You” takes advantage of that fleeting motivation to kickstart those New Year’s Resolutions. The #1 resolution every year is to lose weight, and you would think that dietitians would be the #1 go-to professionals to help people make their resolutions a reality. NOPE! I wish that was true, but in reality, the most popular sources for all your resolution-making needs are magazines, celebrities and the Internet. What a trio of reliable information. When people DO seek out credible sources in their efforts to lose weight, they may not know what to expect. The goal to “lose weight” is very broad, and I’m truly sorry to burst your bubble, but it won’t happen overnight. It is a slow process when it’s done right, and here’s the difference right between that “Celebrity Weight Loss Secrets” magazine article and us dietitians: we will stick by you throughout the entirety of that slow process.
Weight loss is not a one hit wonder, it is a journey. There will be ups and downs, and it’s not nearly as glamorous as the editing wizards at “The Biggest Loser” will have you believe. So if you are ready to embark on that journey with a registered dietitian as your biggest cheerleader, here’s what you can expect:
- No meal plans involved.
Every dietitian does things a little differently, but with me, a meal plan is not part of the package. Meal plans can outline exactly what to eat for 3 meals + snacks for the duration of maybe 1 week, but last I checked, the calendar still includes 52 weeks. Are you really supposed to follow this exact plan on repeat 52 times? This, ladies and gentlemen, is why diets are doomed before January even ends. Any monkey can follow a meal plan, but if you aren’t given the tools and strategies to make lifestyle changes, you cannot be expected to make any sustainable strides in your weight loss efforts. I am more than happy to guide you through ways to change or improve your current meal pattern, but if you expect me to do all the work by writing down exactly what to eat, sorry Charlie, that’s not how this works.
- No weekly weigh-ins.
The beauty of working with a dietitian is follow-up. That book you read or celebrity interview you saw on TV are good for that early motivation, but what happens when you plateau? What happens when you inevitably hit a wall? What happens when you have success and really want to share it with someone? THAT’S when you want a dietitian involved. You can see a dietitian as often as you want, but you won’t be required to step on that dreaded scale at every appointment unless you want to. Health is so much more than a single number, and that number on the scale may change slower than you’d like it to. I would rather celebrate you adding more vegetables to your day than make a big deal out of a 2-pound weight loss. Believe it or not, your weight on the scale is only a small part of the weight loss equation. Mind blown…I know.
- No calorie counting.
Put the calculator away, no need for math here. Calorie counting is not an effective weight loss strategy purely because of the biological adaptations our body makes when we restrict calories. Aside from all that boring metabolism stuff, calorie counting is just so time-consuming. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: low calorie does NOT always equal high nutrition. There are so many foods out there that contain more calories but are PACKED with nutrients (nuts, avocado, yogurt, starchy veggies, etc. etc. etc.). Plus, it is really hard to figure out exactly how many calories each person should consume in a day. I get the “how many calories should I have” question ALL the time, and I will never have an answer for you that involves a single 4-digit number. And if we’re being honest, my answer probably won’t include any numbers at all. If I can move people toward a “food first” approach, then I’ve done my job.
If you can get on board with those 3 stipulations, then you are the perfect candidate to work with a dietitian. No matter what, it is a mutual journey. My ideas and recommendations will adapt with every step you take and every life change that gets in the way. If you’re ready to really commit to your New Year’s Resolutions, take that next step and reach out to me! Even if you’re still on the fence about how motivated you truly are, take a gamble and reach out to me anyway. Individual sessions and packages are available for both nutrition and personal training. I come to you or you come to me, we’ll work around your schedule because this is a highly individualized process. Weight loss cannot occur in a bubble. Life happens, and we’re here to weather the storm with you. I bet you can’t say the same for that E! News piece on how celebrities got their beach bodies.