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dangers of fad diets
Categories Weight Loss

Dangers of Fad Diets

There are many dangers of fad diets, as weight loss has become a major obsession in today’s culture. People dream of getting slimmer and more trim. While maintaining a healthy weight or body mass Index (BMI) is beneficial, unrealistic weight loss targets can harm the body and do damage along the way.

Cashing in on the instant gratification of now, several harmful fad diets and products have been devised. Also known as crash diets, they are the ones who claim to help you lose weight quickly. They are everywhere and these companies are spending huge amounts on advertisements and grabbing sales but their products will do you a lot more harm than good.

Fad diets should be avoided totally and the actual dangers they pose are discussed in this article.

Dangers of Fad Diets

Weight Loss Without Exercise

This is akin to saying success without hard work. Regular exercise and physical activity are not only important, but essential for effective weight management. Exercising helps increase energy expenditure and burns off energy from the food we eat. The other variety of benefits of exercise also aid you toward not just a healthy weight, but a healthy body.

Exercise not only allows you to burn more calories to aid in weight loss, but it also prevents you from simply decreasing your calorie count — and possibly good nutrition — during your weight loss endeavors. When you try to lose weight without the benefits of exercise, your body resorts to burning protein for energy. This results in a breakdown of muscles and bones.

Specific Timings

Timetables and rigid plans do not work as we live our lives on the go. Diets that try to restrict a specific time for eating a specific meal should be avoided. Although meals should be taken at the appropriate time, the time should be of your own comfort and ease. Make sure that any changes you make to your diet are not based on the latest fad and are also changes you can sustain over the long-term.

Lack of Nutrition

Fad diets are extremely hard on the body. Most of the time they lack essential nutrients that are required for body functioning. The body stores get depleted and nutritional deficiencies start forming up. Following a crash diet for a long span of time is known to cause excessive hair loss, dull skin, dark circles, and general weakness. Irrespective of weight loss, an inefficient and unproductive body functioning is an add-on feature of fad diets.

While these are some major dangers of fad diets, the hindrances are not limited to these. Instant weight loss is not possible without facing a whole lot of disadvantages and so picking a comprehensive and healthy weight loss program should be preferred.

[Related article: 3 Fad Diet Myths Busted]

For help in finding a path to weight loss that also meets your nutritional needs and avoids the dangers of fad diets, contact the registered dietitian nutritionists at The Nutrition Professionals. RDNs are nutritional experts in their field and can help you decode conflicting health and nutritional information while you work on a weight loss plan that is right for you.

medical nutrition therapy for weight loss
Categories Medical Nutrition Therapy

Medical Nutrition Therapy For Weight Loss

There are ways of going about losing weight that do not work such as crash dieting or following the latest fad diet. If you are looking for steady, long-term success in your weight loss goals, medical nutrition therapy may be the way to go.

Why Is Medical Nutrition Therapy For Weight Loss Important?

It is important to reduce your weight if you weigh too much, and much more important for patients who are overweight. Too much weight can further lead to medical problems like:

  • Diabetes
  • Sleep apnea
  • Hypertension
  • Heart attack
  • Infertility
  • Mental health problems
  • Fatty liver disease

Also, without the proper way of addressing weight loss, following the latest fad diet can lead to health risks of its own.

How To Start Medical Nutritional Therapy For Weight Loss

Consulting a registered dietitian nutritionist, such as those at The Nutrition Professionals, is a good way to start your journey to weight loss through medical nutrition therapy. Your RDN will have more ideas about your case and suggest a balanced diet. On a proper medical nutritional therapy plan of action, a person can reduce an average weight of 1 to 2 pounds per week.

Your RDN will work with you to assess your goals and current nutritional state and ways of eating. Your progress will be tracked and together you will set goals for your health and weight loss that will be sustainable over time and lead to the changes you are looking for in your life.

Mild weight loss can produce significant improvements in overall health in persons who are overweight, through changing the lifestyle and eating habits with the assistance of a registered dietitian nutritionist at The Nutrition Professionals.

Contact us today.

eating disorders the nutrition professionals phoenix az
Categories Patient Education

How RDNs Support Patients With Eating Disorders

Eating disorders can happen to anyone regardless of age, race or socioeconomic status. Eating disorders are mainly characterized by a diversity of psychological turmoil that leads to abnormal and distressed eating habits. If you or someone you love is suffering from an eating disorder, you may be relieved to know that the registered dietitian nutritionists at The Nutrition Professionals can help.

In the recent past, registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) have been striving to encourage people with this challenge. Many patients that make a series of visits to nutritional counseling centers should be positive minded and believe that the problem can be short-lived.

The eating disorders that have been diagnosed in a large number of patients are Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, Anorexia Nervosa among other Specified Eating and Feeding Disorders (OSFEDDs).

However, RDNS are working around the clock to support patients with eating disorders to full recovery. Registered dietitian nutritionists can provide medical nutrition therapy to patients. The following are various effective ways through which the registered dietitian nutritionists assist patients in adopting healthy eating habits.

  • Inpatient hospitalization whereby the RDN works hand in hand with a treatment team to evaluate the patient and formulate an appropriate and effective nutrition care plan. This nutrition plan entails a consistent schedule where the patient is put on a customized diet. In addition, the plan may integrate tube feeding.
  • The outpatient plan can also be a fruitful arrangement where the RDN works with the outpatient team to reach out to the patient out of the hospital setting. It is mainly referred to as the residential treatment setup. This method of treating eating disorders strives towards exposing the patient to a wide variety of foods. Additionally, it works efficiently to make the patient experience feared and avoided food varieties. The RDN is responsible for restoring the nutrient scarcities and capitalize on the intake for the psychological well-being of the patient. In this method, the RDN also goes further to help the patient to come up with a set of cooking skills which are necessary to put the best-cooked food on the dining table.
  • Counseling the patient is often another way to tackle the eating disorders. The patient is made to understand that certain foods in question can be taken without real negative effects.

A registered dietitian nutritionist is an important part of the medical team for a patient suffering from an eating disorder. Contact the registered dietitian nutritionists at The Nutrition Professionals for support for your condition today.

nutrition facts label changes
Categories Patient Education

What To Know About Nutrition Facts Label Changes

Soon, when you grab that favorite packaged food, you might be noticing that the nutrition label has changed. The FDA is requiring nutrition facts label changes to go into effect. What is driving the change and what is included in the change? We will breakdown the basics of the new labels and the impact it has on your health in this article.

Over recent years, more scientific research has come out indicating the role that calories, added sugars as well as vitamins, minerals and nutrients have on the health of Americans. Also, the realistic portion and serving size of what Americans eat at one sitting has changed. Because of this, the FDA is driving new requirements to packaged food labels.

What’s behind the nutrition facts label changes?

New scientific information, research and information from experts is driving the change. Nutrition labels in their current form are a couple decades old, so change is long overdue. The new labeling requirements should help consumers make more informed health choices. It will also help to show the link to consuming certain foods and certain illnesses.

Recent nutrition science information will be better reflected in the new labeling requirements as well. The American Heart Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Institute of Medicine and the World Health Organization are all recommending consumers decrease their intake of added sugars. The new labeling supports scientific evidence showing that Americans should reduce their intake.

[Related article: 4 Nutrition Myths Busted!]

What Is Included In The Nutrition Facts Label Changes?

The new labeling requirements apply to packaged foods. Here are some of the changes consumers can expect to see in the new labeling:

    • Increasing font size for important information like “calories”, “servings per container” and “serving size”
    • Actual amounts of vitamin D, iron, calcium and potassium have to be included (in addition to the already listed % daily value)
    • Other vitamin and mineral amounts can be declared by gram, voluntarily
    • % daily value will be better explained
    • Serving sizes are changing to better reflect what portion sizes consumers are actually eating (which has changed over the years)
    • “Added sugars” is now included to help better educate consumers and bring awareness to the amount of added sugars consumed in certain products

From the perspective of a registered dietitian nutritionist, this is a step in the right direction in helping all of us make better informed food choices. Different requirements for compliance are set out based on company revenue and size, however, consumers should see this completely go into effect starting now and lasting into 2021. Imported foods will also have to comply with these new label requirements.

More specifics can be found by visiting: fda.gov.

Regardless of the new labeling requirements, each person still needs to eat based on their own health and wellness needs. For help in determining if your current diet is meeting your nutritional needs, contact the registered dietitian nutritionists at The Nutrition Professionals. RDNs are nutritional experts in their field and can help you break through the changes in the nutrition facts label changes and make sure your diet is meeting your nutritional needs.

things a registered dietitian nutritionist wants you to know
Categories Patient Education

3 Things A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Wants You To Know

There are many things a registered dietitian nutritionist wants you to know. Why is that? Because they are leaders in the field of nutrition and dietetics, who are highly qualified to help you on the path to good health.

The best way to benefit from the knowledge offered by registered dietitian nutritionists, is to schedule a consultation to meet one on one with someone who will be able to customize a plan that is right for you. In the meantime, there are several simple pieces of information that our RDNs encourage you to incorporate into your life and begin practicing today.

3 Things A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Wants You To Know

Here are three things a registered dietitian nutritionist wants you to know:

#1: Eating right does not have to be intimidating or overwhelming

We encourage you to make small manageable changes for your health. Keep it simple and one small change at a time will lead you to long term success.

#2: We are here to partner with you in success

We are credentialed professionals in the field of nutrition and dietetics, and among the most qualified to provide you with the information that helps you reach your goals. Our training and background requires a four-year degree with accredited nutrition curriculum. We have completed an in-depth supervised practice program in our community. We have completed a rigorous exam to qualify. Many RDNs have gone on to complete graduate degrees and some have areas of specialization. For all of these reasons, we are the best to lead you to success in health and wellness.

#3: The information we provide is credible scientific and research based

We stay up-to-date on the latest in the field of nutrition and dietetics. No matter your condition, we can guide you with scientific and research based information. We help you with these conditions and more: weight management, pregnancy, nutrition for seniors, sports performance, managing chronic diseases, gastric bypass, digestion issues, eating disorders, general health/wellness, and meal planning.

For help personalized help with scientific and research based information that will lead you to good health, contact the registered dietitian nutritionists at The Nutrition Professionals today. Our RDNs will tailor a plan that is personalized and just for you.

national nutrition month
Categories National awareness

Celebrate National Nutrition Month® With Us!

Join us this month as we celebrate National Nutrition Month®! National Nutrition Month® is put on by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The celebration brings important points about nutrition and the impact that it has on health to light during the month.

It also brings to mind the important role that Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) play as authorities in the field of nutrition. The information that RDNs provide is credible, timely, and scientifically-based. RDNs are committed to helping their clients enjoy living a healthy life.

While National Nutrition Week has been enacted since the early 1970s, National Nutrition Month® came in 1980 as the public’s interest grew in the field of nutrition. National Nutrition Month® helps to bring awareness to the cause.

According to their website, the Academy has a vision of “a world where all people thrive through the transformative power of food and nutrition.” Over 100,000 practitioners are credentialed and a part of the organization, helping to spread the message of good health via nutrition throughout the world, and to their clients and patients.

Our RDNs are members of the Academy and qualified and credentialed to help you achieve your health goals through nutrition and diet. In honor of NNM, RDNs recommend initiating these habits:

  • When it comes to food and drinks, make good decisions for your health
  • Eat a variety of foods in a variety of colors on a regular basis
  • Make small, manageable changes
  • Stay physically active
  • Make healthful selections, especially if you do not get to eat at home
  • Be aware of the sizes of portions of food you are eating

Our registered dietitian nutritionists are here for you not just during National Nutrition Month®, but all throughout the year! Whether you are looking to manage weight or improve a chronic condition, schedule a consultation with one of the registered dietitian nutritionists at The Nutrition Professionals today.

tips for clean eating
Categories Patient Education

Tips For Clean Eating

While you may have heard of clean eating as one of the latest health trends, the truth is there is nothing about this that is faddish and instead, clean eating is a basic way of making healthful food selections. The idea of clean eating is bringing attention to more healthful ways of eating.

The basics of clean eating line up with the basics of making healthful food choices. Either way, this will lead to making better decisions when it comes to selecting the food that you eat. These small changes can add up to improvements in your health and well-being, or can help you in managing chronic health conditions.

Tips For Clean Eating

Eating this way can be a lifestyle change. Follow these tips for clean eating.

  • Eat real food
  • Eat whole foods
  • Eat fewer processed and packaged foods
  • Eat for nutrition
  • Prepare food at home in healthy ways
  • Pack food for lunches
  • Choose wisely when eating out
  • Eat more organic foods (fruits and vegetables)

For protein, select plant based foods such as beans, lentils, peas or high protein whole grains like quinoa, barley, and buckwheat. Also pay attention to and cut back on sugar, salt, refined grains, additives, preservatives, and unhealthy fats in the foods that you choose.

Following these tips for clean eating can help you to make small changes in your diet and lifestyle that will add up to improvements in your health. While all ways of eating are not right for all people, a registered dietitian nutritionist can help you determine the ways of eating that are right for you.

Our RDNs customize and personalize meal plans that take your health, condition, and goals into consideration. They partner with you to find food and nutrition options that are right for you.

To get started, contact the registered dietitian nutritionists at The Nutrition Professionals today.

nutrient dense foods
Categories Patient Education

What Are Nutrient Dense Foods?

Nutrient dense foods can be important to incorporate into meals and diet, especially as we age. The older we get, the less our bodies are able to absorb nutrients like they used to. Also as we age, our bodies do not need as many calories and we tend to eat less.

All of these things can lead to vitamin and mineral deficiencies and have an impact on health. While eating nutrient dense food is important for people at all ages and stages of life, it is especially important the older we get, so make the most of what you do eat by incorporating nutrient dense foods into your diet.

The main benefits of these types of foods is that they contain a high ratio of nutrients versus calories. They may also contain healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, fiber, complex carbohydrates, and the lean proteins that our bodies need.

Good examples of nutrient dense foods include:

  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Broccoli
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Pomegranates
  • Oily fish (salmon, sardines)
  • Mushrooms
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Bell peppers
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Cantaloupe
  • Quinoa
  • Seaweed

Also, many fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat or fat-free milk products, seafood, lean meats, eggs, peas, beans, and nuts are considered nutrient dense.

If you are not used to taking nutrient density into consideration when planning your meals, start with small steps. For example, adding one new fruit or vegetable serving daily from the list above is a good place to start.

In addition to adding more vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients to your diet, eating whole foods, especially whole plant foods that are nutrient dense, has been shown to lower your risk of some types of cancers.

[Related article: Cancer Prevention Food and Nutrition Tips]

For help with creating an eating plan that incorporates the nutrient dense foods into your diet that are right for you, contact the registered dietitian nutritionists at The Nutrition Professionals today.

nutrition myths
Categories Dieting Myths

4 Nutrition Myths Busted!

When it comes to diet and nutrition, it is hard to decipher nutrition facts from nutrition myths. That is what we are here for. Due to confusion in the information out there, people may continue to make mistakes on how they eat.

To make matters even worse, this may lead to believing in some nutritional myths that are not based on scientific research but personal opinion. Below is a list of four nutrition myths that are not true.

Nutrition Myth 1: You need to stop eating carbs in order to lose weight.

Excess carbohydrates encourage weight gain because they are converted into glucose and stored in the body as fat. However, you can still eat foods that are rich in carbohydrates and still reach your weight loss goals.

Whole grains are a good source of healthy carbohydrates. Whole grains make you full for longer and contain fibers which are good for digestion.

Nutrition Myth #2: Believing that gluten-free food is healthier.

Unless you have a condition that limits the intake of gluten, gluten-free foods are not in any way healthier. When the gluten is extracted from these products, other substances such as sugar or salt are added into the product in order to compensate for the missing gluten.

[Related article: 3 Fad Diet Myths Busted]

Nutrition Myth #3: It is healthy to drink 8 glasses of water every day.

Water is very important for normal functioning of the human body, but at the same time people are different and bodies function differently. Drinking 8 glasses of water every day is not a sure way of remaining healthy to everybody.

A good rule of thumb is this: the darker your urine, the more water your body needs, while the more transparent the urine, the less water you need.

Nutrition Myth #4: Fruits have too much sugar.

Sugars in fruits are much more healthy than processed sugars. Excess processed sugars are stored in the body in the form of fats. Fruits contain naturally occurring sugars that is released into the body slowly giving the body the much needed energy to push on for longer.

For help from a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with clarifying food and nutrition information that is evidence and research based, contact us to schedule an appointment today.

 

Importance of Antioxidants In Foods
Categories Patient Education

Importance of Antioxidants In Foods

Antioxidants are an important component of our health and most often come from food. Knowing which food sources provide the types of antioxidants that our bodies need is important to health and wellness.

Antioxidants combat oxidation and oxidative stress caused by free radicals. Free radicals are a natural byproduct (waste) of normal body functions, such as when our bodies process food, UV exposure (sunlight) and toxins such as pollution or cigarette smoke. Free radicals come after our body’s healthy cells. Antioxidants protect our cells from free radicals by either stopping them entirely or breaking them down so that they cannot hurt us.

Examples of antioxidants are: vitamin C, vitamin E, carotenoids (beta-carotene, lycopene and lutein) and the minerals selenium and manganese. Flavonoids, phenols, polyphenols and phytoestrogens all come from plants and are antioxidants as well.

What types of foods contain these antioxidants?

Learn more about what types of foods contain the following antioxidants.

Vitamin E

A fat-soluble antioxidant, vitamin E, combats the free radicals in your body that attack fats in the cell wall. It may help to prevent cardiovascular disease. You can find vitamin E in whole grains, olive oil, sunflower oil and canola oil, as well as nuts and green leafy vegetables.

Selenium

Selenium is a mineral found naturally in soil and water and can be found in foods such as grains, onions, garlic, nuts, soybeans, seafood, meat and liver. Research has shown that this may help protect against cancer.

Vitamin C

A water-soluble antioxidant, your body stores vitamin C in water. It may help prevent certain types of cancer, including that found in the digestive system and lungs. You can find this in citrus fruits, raw green vegetables and tomatoes.

Flavonoids

Flavonoids can be found in different combinations in different plants. Scientists have identified thousands of flavonoids, which are antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables. Flavonoids may help prevent cancer and can be found in foods such as berries, grapes, green tea, and apples.

Carotenoids

Scientists have identified hundreds of carotenoids that can be found in our foods. Examples of carotenoids are beta-carotene, lycopene and lutein. Look for foods that are a deep yellow, red or orange color as a main indicator that they contain this antioxidant. For example: mangoes, tomatoes, carrots, winter squash and sweet potatoes. Also dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach, brussel sprouts and broccoli contain carotenoids.

There is not any one type of food that contains all of the antioxidants our bodies need to fight oxidative stress. Therefore, a good rule of thumb to follow when it comes to including foods in your diet that contain antioxidants is to eat whole and natural foods. Also, eat a variety of colored foods daily to increase your antioxidant intake.

For help with determining what foods to include in your diet that are rich in antioxidants to help your body fight oxidative stress, contact the registered dietitian nutritionists at The Nutrition Professionals today.