Spring Hill Dietitian
Why Do You Need a Registered Dietitian?
Sometimes getting professional help can be difficult for us. Our society was made to believe that asking for help is a sign of weakness. But in reality, it’s actually the exact opposite. Getting professional help is an indicator of a person’s courage and absolute determination to improve their current state or situation, whatever that might be. Contrary to popular belief, losing weight is neither a difficult nor a long process that requires a series of sacrifices. You do not have to give up everything that makes you happy. It seems difficult because we made it that way, but the truth is, the proper guidance and support from a registered dietitian can really do wonders. Guidance and support are two main components that influence the success – or failure – of your weight-loss efforts.
A source of knowledge
Our Hudson Dietitian Susan is not only an experienced weight loss specialist with over 20 years of experience, she’s also a passionate enthusiast who is constantly educating herself about the most effective – and healthy – ways to help her patients lose weight and achieve their goals. She’s the sort of person who can answer any of your diet-related questions, and you can be sure that the advice you get from her is supported by scientific proof and thorough research.
A source of support
Support is one of the most important factors on your weight loss journey. Should you decide to work with our Brooksville Dietitian, she will become your personal cheerleader. You will get all the encouragement and support you’ll need to succeed. When your levels of motivation drop, Susan will be there to ensure you stay on track and remind you of your goal.
A source of healthy recipes
When dieting, you may feel like your options are limited. “I can’t have this, I can’t have that…”. But losing weight doesn’t have to be boring! Our Dietitian will provide you with a diet plan that is not only effective, but also enjoyable. Taking into consideration your likes and preferences, Susan will come up with a weight loss program you will want to continue even after you reach your ideal weight.
3 things you didn’t know about losing weight
1. Sleep more and lose weight
Sound good? Did you know that lack of sleep causes not only stress and trouble with thinking and concentration, but also weakens your immune system and can lead to weight gain? Why? First of all, staying up late makes you eat more. That midnight snack is so tempting and by that time, your willpower is shot. But it is about more than that. You also wake up in the morning hungrier. Researchers at the University of Chicago reported that sleep deprivation disturbs our hormone balance, which triggers a decrease in leptin (which helps you feel full) and a simultaneous increase in the “hunger hormone,” ghrelin (which triggers hunger). As a consequence, we think we are hungry, even if we aren’t, so what we do? We eat. Another thing that happens when you don’t get enough sleep is that your body becomes stressed and produces more cortisol than necessary, which has a negative impact on your overall health and causes you to store extra fat. Moreover, according to a study by the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, you lose three times more fat while sleeping than sitting at a desk. When you are in a deep sleep (REM sleep), your body is working harder than normal and your brain is using 20 percent of your body’s daily energy. As you can see, long, uninterrupted sleep is full of advantages. To lose weight, make sure to get at least 8 hours of shut-eye every night.
2. Relieve stress to not gain weight
We all have stressors in our life; this is something we cannot avoid. A stressful job, loan payments or unplanned expenses generate stress; as you know, when you feel stressed, you body produces cortisol, the so-called “stress hormone.” When this hormone level rises, our insulin level increases and blood sugar drops, which makes us crave sugary and fatty foods. Be aware that this can turn into a bad habit. If every time when you are stressed out, you crave unhealthy food to calm your stress hormones down, and you consistently give in to these cravings, you will gain weight! Stress hormones also affect your weight by building up fat reserves. What is the best way to avoid this happening? Make time for stress relief, whether it is yoga class or time with your family or friends. There are many stress-relief techniques that you can choose to help your mental health and well-being without turning to unhealthy snacks or alcohol.