A good and honest communiqué with your dietitian is the key to making your diet and lifestyle changes work for you.
Make the most of your dietitian’s visit with these ten helpful tips.
#1.How does my current diet, and lifestyle pattern affect my health?
It is important to know why certain dietary changes have been made to your current meal pattern. This helps you stick to your diet regime for a longer period.
#2.How will this consultation help me achieve my goals?
Discussing this ensures you know how it’s all going to work for you.
#3.Do remember to discuss and set your health goals with your dietitian. Then do ask, ‘when will I see the results?’
We often expect results overnight.
A good healthy diet on the other hand is your slow medicine.
Setting realistic goals in accordance with your dietitian, guarantees you won’t be tempted to do anything unhealthy or push yourself to achieve unrealistic targets.
Especially if you are on a weight loss or gain program, make sure you know how much you would lose or gain in a week.
#4.What should I do if I am not able to follow what you have prescribed? Can I contact you again?
A well planned evidence based diet and lifestyle on paper won’t work for you, if you don’t follow what’s in it.
So, make sure, you are able to follow it or else request for a revision.
Remember, if you can’t follow it, it’s like a prescription from a doctor, but you never really ate the tablet!
#5.Is exercising indispensable for me?
Although, any dietitian would say it is absolutely crucial, it leaves an impact when you hear it from the horse’s mouth! Do chat about how comfortable you are with the exercises prescribed and what could be your alternatives.
#6.An absolute essential question is to find out if the prescribed diet is a balanced combination of carbohydrate, protein, fats, vitamins and minerals?
You may be given different proportion of these, depending on your condition, however, if a particular nutrient is skipped, you ought to reason out why? For eg: Skipping carbohydrates is a rage in current weight loss diets and is not recommended at all.
#7.If you are prescribed supplements or protein powders, make sure you find out why?
Is it because you don’t meet your requirements through your diet or is it because you have an increased need for it? If you aren’t meeting your requirements through the diet, reason out why you can’t meet it through diet alone!
#8.Will the prescribed meal and exercise pattern have an interaction with your current medication?
Discuss in detail how your prescribed diet will have an impact on the dosage and timings of your medication.
#9.Never visit a dietitian for a temporary or a miracle fix! Though healthy changes to your meal and exercise pattern should become a lifetime habit, but if you have certain medical conditions, your diet will be planned for the condition?
In such a case, one your condition is better, do discuss with your dietitian, which of her instructions you should be following for the lifetime!
#10. Do make sure you visit a qualified dietitian who is registered with the Indian Dietetic Association or a qualified sports nutritionist.
It is important for your well being that you get evidence based information that doesn’t harm your health.