Being overweight comes with many physical and emotional problems that might be costly to treat and manage. An effective solution for weight loss includes some adjustments of dietary habits. Nutritional counseling is a professional service that can help people shed some extra pounds. The long-term goal of such counseling is to maintain a steady weight within a normal range, which is defined by guidelines such as the Body Mass Index.
In order to understand how diet can impact a person’s weight, it’s important to become familiar with basic nutritional concepts. Weight gain is typically caused by an excessive intake of calories from food and beverages. In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has set up some basic guidelines on the consumption of calories and other nutrients. A healthy adult should get just over 2,000 calories and less than 65 grams of fat per day. Therefore, the first step in diet-related weight loss typically involves the limitation of calories per day. A reasonable nutritional plan shouldn’t call for drastic reductions in calories that can lead to health complications.
In order to lose a noticeable amount of weight within a few weeks or months, fat intake has to be limited. Ideally, a person should get most of his or her calories from protein and carbohydrates rather than fat. More specifically, saturated fat should be avoided and replaced with unsaturated fat that offers some benefits. Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are unsaturated fat molecules that actually improve the cardiovascular system and other parts of the body.
In addition to managing the intake of daily calories and fat, a person who wants to lose weight should try to consume products that can boost metabolism. The metabolic rate of a human depends on an array of factors that might be beyond the control of an individual. For example, the thyroid gland plays a vital role in managing metabolism. A person with a relatively slow metabolism is likely to gain weight because calories and nutrients aren’t used by the body in an efficient way. Fresh fruit, vegetables and nuts can naturally speed up metabolism and improve other digestive functions. These items are loaded with dietary fiber, which can prevent constipation.
Another way to control one’s metabolism is to limit the consumption of processed food that’s loaded with artificial ingredients. Even if a processed item isn’t packed with fat, sugar and calories, it still has plenty of complex molecules that are difficult to digest.
A comprehensive nutritional plan should also focus on adequate hydration. A person who exercises often but doesn’t drink enough water per day might get a false impression of weight loss. It’s important to realize that an individual can lose several pounds of bodily liquids after an intense physical activity.
Nutritional counseling services can be incorporated into a weight loss plan at Exquisite MD Spa for optimal results. Schedule an appointment at our office in San Diego to learn more about how nutritional counseling can help you in your weight loss efforts. Contact us today to book a consultation!