Nutrition Isn’t Dieting: Understand the Difference and Unlock Your Weight Loss Goals

Nutrition Isn’t Dieting: Understand the Difference and Unlock Your Weight Loss Goals

You can read advice regarding what you should and shouldn’t eat and walk away understanding even less than you did before you started. Should you follow a diet like keto? Should you restrict yourself to steamed broccoli and boiled chicken? 

Providing guidance about nutrition and diet is a big part of what we do at Dallas Family Medical Health & Aesthetics in Dallas, Texas. By helping you understand the principles of good nutrition and how they apply to weight loss, we can help you reach your goals. 

Nutrition defined

In general terms, nutrition refers to the supply of protein, fats, carbohydrates, micronutrients, and macronutrients your body requires for good health. Nutrition may focus on how to minimize or prevent some conditions through what you eat. Conditions like malnutrition, allergies, and food intolerances are examples of conditions that can be minimized or prevented with careful attention to what you eat and drink. 

Following good nutritional principles doesn’t guarantee you’ll lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. You can most certainly overeat healthy foods, which causes weight gain. Nutrition advice is valuable, but it’s only one piece of the weight loss puzzle. 

Dieting is different 

When you’re dieting, you’re working to lose weight. That means you need to reduce the number of calories you consume and choose foods that provide nutrients but are low in calories. The goal is to maximize the number of nutrients you eat while limiting the consumption of excess energy. Extra energy (calories) is the reason you gain weight. 

Julie Reihsen, MD can help you develop a plan that includes your favorite foods, but shows you how to use portion size to stay on track. We help you understand what to eat in order to feel satisfied, but without eating more calories than you need so you can lose weight. The plan is also designed to prevent cravings and binge-eating, making it easier to reach your goals. 

It’s not just food

What you eat and drink is an essential component of weight loss, but exercise is important, too. However, for many people, understanding what kind of exercise and how much is as confusing as figuring out what to eat. We can help you know what’s likely to work best for you. 

Nutritional supplements and vitamins may also play a role in your weight loss. When you reduce the number of calories you consume, you may need supplementation in order to get the nutrients you need. 

We also offer other services such as Lipo Lite, Vibra, and shots that can help you shed unwanted pounds. Dr. Reihsen may suggest appetite suppressants for some patients, as well. 

If you’ve been struggling to lose weight, we can help. We address your overall health, take any underlying conditions into consideration, and create a weight loss plan designed to meet your unique needs. Schedule an appointment today to find out how we can help you. 

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