March 30, 2021
As National Nutrition Month comes to a close, there is no better time to talk about nutritionists and what they do for their patients than right now. Nutritionists are medical professionals who have studied and become experts in food and nutrition. A lot of people think that seeing a nutritionist is just another doctor to keep track of but Nutritionists actually work with patients one-on-one to find the best foods for their body type, age, and health conditions. They can help explain the right types of foods to eat, how different foods impact your body, and tell you what foods to stay away from.
How do you benefit from seeing a Nutritionist?
Nutritionists work with a patient to determine what factors in their lives might be challenges to eating healthy and find ways to overcome those barriers. Here are just a few more ways that a nutritionist can benefit your daily life.
Now that you’ve seen a few of the benefits, we have asked our Nutritionist, Samuel Smith, to give us a little input on dieting.
“When thinking about dieting, we have all heard terms like “Keto diet”, “low carb diet”, “high protein diet” and “no sugar diet” among many other types of diets. Rarely is there a discussion on the fat content of our diet. As a medical clinician, it is important to know that heart disease is the number one killer of both men nd women. Some of these deaths can be avoided if we would consider the fat content in the food that we eat.
As we age, we can see that we usually get heavier due to a more sedentary lifestyle for one reason or another. However, we don’t see the changes that happen on the inside. Our bodies can’t process the fat that it used to when we were younger.
The American Heart Association recommends a diet that is less than 30% of total calories as fat. This means that 1 McDonald’s Big Mac is 550 calories and it contains 30 grams of fat. This equates to 49% of your total calories for this product alone. When this gets added in with French Fries, you can see you have a high fat meal. Most people think the calories are coming from carbohydrates and sugar. Did you know that carbohydrates or sugars will supply 4 calories per gram while fat will supply 9 calories per gram?
The calories add up as we age. We need to reduce our caloric intake as our sedentary life comes upon us. So what can you do? Read food labels and look at the fat content and be conscious of what you are eating.
If you have more questions, contact a nutritionist! Samuel Smith is available at StayWell is any existing patients. Ask your primary care doctor about it today!
The StayWell Health Center Team