Nutrition & Diet for Weight Loss, Weight Gain & Maintenance
How Can Nutrition & Diet for Weight Loss Help Me?
Great Job! You’ve decided to make changes to your diet and lifestyle to lose weight and work on improving your health. But where to begin?
We are bombarded daily with a new miracle diet solution or way of eating that is superior claiming that certain foods are ‘super’ or ‘toxic’. No wonder you are confused! A visit to our dietitian is the perfect place to start.
A Clinical Nutritionist, unlike many people who sell weight loss plans, is a university qualified health professional who has undertaken several years of tertiary level studies and ongoing education to remain up to date with the latest evidence in food and nutrition.
Clinical Nutritionists use the science of human nutrition to help people understand the relationship between food and health. They support people to make dietary choices to attain and maintain general health and prevent and treat illness and disease.
Our Clinical Nutritionist believes in small, sustainable changes to your diet and lifestyle to bring about weight loss that comes off and stays off in the long term, rather than quick fix fad diet solutions, which often result in:
Feeling restricted and deprived of your favourite foods, often leading to binge eating at a later time.
Feeling isolated when eating with the family and at social events.
Lacking in energy and various nutrients due to eliminating healthy food groups.
Feeling like a failure when the untailored approach is not sustainable in the long term and the weight returns, leading to a string of yo-yo dieting and poor self-esteem.
What Can I Expect From Weight Loss Diet & Nutrition, Brisbane?
Often people believe that Diet & Nutrition acts like the food police and will demand you stop eating all of the foods you enjoy and replace them with ‘boring’ salads and the like. This is not the case!
Our Clinical Nutritionist for weight loss loves food and loves to cook. She wants to educate you on how to meet your weight and health goals while still enjoying the foods you love. Also, if you think salads are boring, you mustn’t be doing it right and we want to teach you how to whip up something delicious and nutritious!
We believe in providing a tailored one-on-one nutrition plan that considers your lifestyle, budget and likes and dislikes. We support you in meeting your goals using practical tips and strategies. As we know from seeing numerous clients, weight loss and health is not always simple and needs to not only address how much you eat but also the when, why, what and how of your eating too!
Our Diet & Nutrition for Weight Loss can help by myth-busting the following ideas to give you confidence in knowing what food is right for you:
You need to quit all sugar.
Carbohydrates lead to weight gain.
Superfoods are needed to make your diet nutritious.
Fat is bad for me.
We also provide education, resources and support in how to eat to lose weight while maintaining a nutritious diet. This will provide you with the energy to keep up with your everyday tasks. Topics often include:
Energy (kJ/Calorie) content of foods.
Meeting nutritional requirements using whole, minimally processed foods.
Timing and balance of meals to ensure you are feeling satisfied.
Appropriate portion sizes of your enjoyed foods.
Eating pre and post workouts to maximise recovery and muscle gain.
Food labels of ‘everyday’ and ‘sometimes’ vs ‘good’ and ‘bad’.
Macronutrients – carbohydrate, fat, protein, alcohol.
Addressing eating due to boredom, stress and time of day rather than hunger.
Getting in tune with our body’s hunger signals to guide when and how much to eat.
Managing eating out and social occasions.
Finding enjoyable physical activity to include in your lifestyle.
Trouble-shooting and day-to-day practicalities of managing weight. Little slip ups to your plan do not mean failure, it’s about how to move forward from these events.
Label reading and cooking skills.
Handy resources including phone applications and recipes.
What Will Happen When I See a Clinical Nutritionist for Weight Loss?
When you see our Clinical Nutritionist for Weight Loss, you will complete a pre-appointment questionnaire. This helps our Clinical Nutritionist to understand your needs and personal goals.
An open and confidential discussion around your relevant social, medical and weight background, current medications, recent pathology results, usual foods and drinks eaten, timings of meals, eating behaviours and physical activity levels allows us to assess your current health situation.
Our Clinical Nutritionist will be able to provide you with tailored nutrition education to equip you with the skills and confidence to make your own educated choices. They will also discuss various nutrition strategies to apply to your diet so that you can set achievable and realistic goals with ongoing support and motivation to make changes for the long term.
Our Clinical Nutritionist will also be able to recommend tools to keep you accountable to your goals – i.e. food diaries, food logging apps, photo journals of foods eaten.
How Often Will I Need To See A Clinical Nutritionist for Weight Loss?
After the initial appointment with our Clinical Nutritionist for Weight Loss, follow-up consults will usually be encouraged every 2-4 weeks. This allows us to ensure you have been able to implement any strategies, address any obstacles that may have arisen and provide support and accountability while making diet and lifestyle changes. Subsequent consultations are then scheduled as often as people find necessary for ongoing support.