How do you lose weight? Well, the simplest way to put it is that you eat fewer calories than you burn. This sounds simple, and yet, every year, thousands of people try — and fail — to lose weight! So, if you are pursuing weight loss, it can be helpful not to take on this endeavor alone. You should instead meet with a nutritionist. Here are some of the ways they can help you and ensure your weight loss efforts are a success.
Recommend the right calorie goals.
Choosing the right calorie intake to meet your goals is not easy. If you don't cut your calorie intake down low enough, your weight loss will be slow. If you eat too few calories, you may be tempted to binge — and your metabolism may also slow down in a response known as "starvation mode." A nutritionist can make a smart, informed calorie intake recommendation based on your current weight, your activity level, and how much weight you want to lose. This is so much better than guessing and experimenting on your own.
Make sure your nutrient needs are being met.
When you eat fewer calories than you burn, it's extra important that the foods you eat are nutritious. If you don't eat enough of certain nutrients, you may face cravings and other negative health effects. A nutritionist can recommend specific foods and meals that will not only fit within your calorie allowances but will also supply the nutrients your body needs to thrive.
Recommend supplements, if needed.
There are so many weight loss supplements out there! Some work and others do not. A nutritionist can recommend supplements that are effective for your body. Or, they may tell you that you don't need to take supplements. Either way, with the supplement industry being as complicated as it is, having this professional guidance is sure to be beneficial.
Make sure your diet does not pose a health risk.
This is especially important if you have an underlying medical condition such as heart disease, diabetes, or high blood pressure. You will need to choose foods that not only promote weight loss but also don't make your health problems any worse. A nutritionist can help balance your needs related to your health conditions with those related to weight loss to ensure dieting does not have any deleterious consequences.
If you want to lose weight, it is best to get a nutritionist involved from the get-go. You'll be looking trimmer and slimmer in no time.