I have been on lots of diets and I am back where I started. How will seeing a Dietitian help?
Dietitians can help people get off the diet merry go round and make changes that will be sustainable for life. At Optimum Intake we tailor advice to fit with peoples lifestyles and take the time to listen and assist with breaking down barriers to change. If you have tried dieting in the past or have been beginning to make dietary changes to manage a health condition, seeing a Dietitian can help to confirm whether these changes are appropriate for your needs, as well as discuss practical solutions to follow a diet plan in the real world.
We provide a non-dietiting approach to weight management. The reason this is so successful is that going on a diet is often seen as a punishment, you feel deprived, and it is often imposed on you by others. People are told not to eat any of the foods they enjoy and value and to eat foods that they find unappealing. Most people finds diets to be ‘too hard’ or feel that they don’t have enough ‘will power’. Long term adherence to and success in a diet is rare. It only takes one year and most people have slipped back into their old eating habits and have regained any weight they may have lost, plus some more.
We understand that people eat/drink for many reasons other than hunger. Reasons such as boredom, loneliness, feeling upset, stressed, hard day at work, celebrations, because its meal time, to finish off the plate, snacks are readily available and the list could go on. When we eat for reasons other than because we are hungry we tend to eat foods that are higher in fat/sugar, we eat at a faster pace, leading to overeating and in the end weight gain over time. Often we don’t even truly enjoy the foods we are consuming. We focus on all the aspects of creating a nutritious food intake and lifestyle for you as an individual, not a one-size fits all meal plan.
Food labels and food claims can be both misleading and confusing! Though many don’t think about it, grocery shopping is an integral part of eating healthy. To see products explained is better than just hearing about them making it more memorable experience and you will be surprised at what you can gain from such a tour! We providing hands-on, practical information so that you can make healthy choices quickly and with confidence. If you buy and stock more nutritious food, you will eat healthier.