of people struggle to lose weight and improve their diets. Finding a diet that works
for you and then staying with it can be a huge challenge. Registered dietitians are
experts in diet and nutrition, particularly for promoting general health and treating
conditions such as high cholesterol. A dietitian can evaluate your diet and create
a cholesterol-lowering plan and detailed menu to work with your lifestyle and daily
A dietitian will ask about your eating habits. For example:
times of the day do you usually eat?
Do you skip meals?
When do you
eat your largest meal of the day?
Where do you typically eat? At work? At
How do you prepare meals at home? From packaged or fresh foods?
are your favorite foods?
A dietitian can suggest strategies and tips for
adjusting to your new diet. Most will recommend that you switch to your new diet gradually.
The dietitian can also teach you how to keep track of the amount of saturated fat, trans fat, and calories in your diet and how
to continually make gradual adjustments until you achieve your basic goals. Most of
all, a dietitian can help make your new diet fun by suggesting creative recipes and
helping you find ways to eat the foods that you enjoy the most.
of Nutrition and Dietetics has a directory of registered dietitians and can help you
find one in your area. You can visit the organization's website at www.eatright.org
or call 1-800-877-1600.
Raymond JL, Couch SC (2012). Medical nutrition
and therapy for cardiovascular disease. In LK Mahan et al., eds., Krause's Food and
the Nutrition Care Process, 13th ed., pp. 742-781. St Louis: Saunders.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary
Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal
Medicine Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Adam
Husney, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical
ReviewerRhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes
Educator Colleen O'Connor, PhD, RD - Registered
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