Nutritionists specialize in food and nutrition. You may need to see a nutritionist near you if you need help planning your menus, selecting what to eat, and if you may need advice on possible health effects of certain types of food.
You may also need an appointment with a certified nutritionist near you in Singapore at Andrea’s Digestive, Colon, Liver, and Gallbladder Clinic if you’ve been diagnosed with chronic diseases like cancer, IBD, autoimmune disorders, IBS, and high blood pressure, etc. Regular visits even before a diagnosis with any of these chronic conditions may be necessary if you have a family history of any of the chronic diseases listed above.
What do you talk about with a Nutritionist?
When you schedule an appointment with a nutritionist, you can expect them to lead the discussions. During the appointment, you will talk with the nutritionist about your eating habits, foods, medical history, and condition.
Now, a nutritionist may want to talk about a lot of things with you, but it is important always to consider what you really wish to learn and gain from the appointment. Because of that, it would be better if you walked into the appointment knowing the helpful questions that can guide the discussions towards your areas of concern.
Here are the five helpful questions you should be asking your nutritionist.
What are your Qualifications or Credentials?
Ideally, this would the first question you will need to ask your nutritionist. Now, nutritionists are generally not ‘really’ regulated, considering that in some states, anyone can legally accord themselves the title of a nutritionist if they offer general nutritional advice.
Nonetheless, you don’t want to be given nutrition advice by any regular person who is not an expert in this field. Therefore, it would be better to check the credentials of your nutritionist.
A qualified nutritionist should have advanced degrees and aced the nutritionist certification board exams. This means that they can be legally referred to as a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS).
A trained nutritionist can only be accorded these credentials if they have a master’s degree in nutrition or related field, among other qualifications. A Certified Nutrition Specialist should have the initials; “CNS” after their names.
What do you consider as Healthy Weight for me?
There isn’t a universal goal weight; therefore, your goal weight should be different from those of other patients. Usually, you will need to work closely with the nutritionist to determine an ideal healthy weight for you.
When estimating a practical ‘healthy weight,’ the nutrition specialist will consider weight ranges correlating with your height. After determining an ideal healthy weight, the nutritionist should also let you know how quickly you should be losing weight.
This is crucial because there is a risk of developing health complications if you abruptly lose too much weight quickly. Ideally, you should expect the nutritionist to recommend you lose an average of one pound or two for your weight loss goals.
What am I missing?
The nutritionist will review your eating habits. From this, they can identify important foods that could be missing in your diet or menus.
This is relatable, considering that you may be thinking that you have the most balanced diets. On the flip side, your body could be lacking fibers, and that could be the cause of your complications.
Interestingly, you may also be living in a less sunny region and observing the recommended dietary plans but lacking vitamin D. In this case, your nutritionist will recognize that you lack vitamin D and may recommend vitamin D supplements.
What is the best way for me to improve my Nutrition?
This could be the turning point in your nutrition needs. However, it may require that you be ready to make some sacrifices.
When it comes to improving your nutrition, if the nutritionist believes that you’re eating too much of something (which would be your best food), they may recommend that you ditch that food. You shouldn’t fret, though, because a qualified nutritionist may not put you on a crash diet or recommend that you totally cut off some foods from your diet.
Instead, they’ll give you recommendations to eat the said foods in balanced proportions. Alternatively, they may also recommend that you swap certain products. This will help you adjust to healthy dietary habits and not harm you in the process.
How much do I need to be Eating?
It is worth noting that we all have varied lifestyles. For instance, if you’re an athlete who engages in intense sports, you may be given the green light to consume as much as 12,000 calories in one day, whereas an average person might only consume around 2,500 calories in a day.
The biggest determiner in how much you need to be eating is usually your metabolic rate, exercise rates, and life demands. Therefore, a CNS will only recommend an ideal amount of calories to consume based on your personal needs as an individual.
Do you plan to see a qualified nutritionist in Singapore to help you improve your life? We can help. Be sure to get in touch with us to set up your consultation.
Andrea’s Digestive, Colon, Liver, and Gallbladder Clinic
101 Irrawaddy Rd
Royal Square at Novena, #21-11/12