Why does one need a Personal Dietitian?

Why does one need a Personal Dietitian?

Why does one need a Personal Dietitian?

We eat and we eat and we eat. But are we eating the right components? We eat what are grandparents, parents and friends eat do you think that is the ideal situation? Our body gains nutrition from what we consume daily and the necessity of nutrients varies from person to person. A common man is not well informed about the various nutrients his body needs and tends to overlook the situation and does not understand the importance of consumption of the right nutrients.

And this is exactly why Nutritionists exist. A Nutritionist is trained personnel who are capable to understand every unique body and allot the necessary nutrients accordingly. Nutritionist curate personalized nutrition plans for the clients depending upon their age, gender, height, weight, lifestyle, allergies and other aspects. Customization is essential to gain the optimum health and weight status.

The diet plan made by the diet consultant is made by keeping in mind factors such as culture, religion, staple food. Clients have different physiological conditions. For.eg. a pregnant lady requires different nutrients than a lady who is not pregnant.

Other factors such as personal physical health, frequency of exercise and fitness matters while deciding the personal nutrition plan. The diet consultant puts together many factors and then decides the amount and type of nutrient that each client requires. For.eg the diet for a sportsman is completely different than that of an ordinary human. The nutritionist will make sure that the meals are filled with energy and protein giving ingredients.

Factors like money, time also play major role in the level of nutrients we consume via our meals. If the income band is low, people usually settle to eat what fits in their budget and nutritious food takes a back seat. If an individual is always running late and has no time to cook proper meals, he or she ends up eating something quick and unhealthy. For.eg Many youngsters consume maggi as a meal when they are late or are extremely exhausted and don’t want to cook.

This when done once in a blue moon is acceptable but when becomes a routine is threatening to the body in the long term.

Some individuals have higher or lower tendency to absorb certain nutrients. Such people require the guidance of a nutritionist to incorporate similar equivalent nutrient giving via other ingredients which the client is adaptable too. For.eg. for those who are lactose or gluten intolerant the dietician has to be very careful while making meal plans.

The Nutritionist has to make sure that the following points are considered and covered while making a personalized diet plan:

  • The meals must satisfy the daily nutrients demand of the body.
  • Consider economic status of the client.
  • Understand the daily habits of the client.
  • Personal likes and dislikes.
  • Food availability

A generic Diet chart is not suitable for everybody. As each individual is different so is his need of nutrients. If you work towards nutrition today it will work for you tomorrow.  

10 tips for a Healthy Lifestyle

Healthy Lifestyle

In today’s fast paced world, in spite of increased awareness Health and Nutrition has taken a backseat. Even kids today, suffer from obesity and high cholesterol due to increase in junk food and lack of physical activity.

Here are some of the ways to achieve a Healthier Lifestyle:-

  • Water: – Begin your day with water (warm/hot optional). On an average we should drink 8-10 glasses of water every day. To be specific, you can simply take a minimum of 40 ml per kg of your body weight to ensure enough hydration throughout the day.
  • Weigh Yourself: – Keeping a check on your weight leads to better and disciplined weight management. You should always weigh yourself on an empty stomach early morning. Weighing at same time can help to guide us better to be on track.
  • Breakfast: – Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If you start the day right, you tend to eat better overall. Skipping breakfast is one of the major reasons for obesity. It is very essential to break the overnight fast with a sumptuous meal containing majority of nutrients.
  • Walk: – Walking can do wonders to the immune system and helps you in getting rid of a number a diseases and pains. It can range from a 20 minute outdoor walk to an hour of yoga, swimming or any other fitness activity. A minimum of 30 minutes activity minimum 5 to 6 days a week is recommended for best results.
  • Consume Fresh and Whole fruits and foods: – Vegetables contain Potassium, Folate, Vitamins A & C and other micronutrients which keeps us healthy and helps fight infections. Fruits contain fiber which helps in protecting against strokes and heart diseases and also lowers cholesterol. 
  • Sleep: – A solid, continuous 7 or 8 hours of night sleep is a marker of good heart health. Sleep aids in weight loss. Depression, heart diseases, stress etc can be cured and curbed by qualitative sleep.
  • Healthy Habits: – People who tend to live by strict habits/routines tend to be more physically and mentally fit than their counterparts who follow an ill lifestyle. Going to bed, waking up at the same time each day, following a particular diet etc keeps your body in steady equilibrium.
  • Taking up a Hobby/Activity: – Doing something you love boosts your immunity and releases feel good hormones. Be it reading, painting, writing, sketching, volunteering etc, anything that we have a flair for and makes us feel good about ourselves and hones our talent and potential.
  • Reduce Salt and Saturated/Transfat: – Salt and saturated transfat are freely available in processed or prepared foods served in hotels or in packets. They increase risks of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, acidity etc which increase risk for heart disease and stroke. Home cooked meals are the best solution for the same.
  • Cut down Smoking and Drinking: – Smoking (even passive smoking) is one of the leading causes of deaths. Heavy drinking is one of the worst risk factors for many diseases. Smoking as well as drinking alcohol in excess leads to addiction and it increases your risk of disease.

Healthy living isn’t impossible, or even difficult. It’s just a Habit/commitment which we need to gift ourselves for a long, fit and blessed life.

This article is sourced from Dt. Siddhi Takalkar Deshpande, a dietitian, clinical nutritionist and lifestyle consultant, one amongst the best in Pune, Maharashtra.