Role of Dietician in weight Loss programs

A good dietician has a major role to play in a successful and effective weight loss program.  A dietician is trained in the subject of Dietetics which deals with nutrition, its effects on health and the possible role of nutrition in health care. This is the Science of Dietetics in which any dietician has to be proficient.

However, a good dietician has to go beyond weight loss and counting calories. A good dietitian not only considers the nutritional aspect in a weight loss program but has a more holistic approach, considering psychological aspects along with physiological ones.

Whereas normally weight loss or gain is directly associated with the calories consumed and the calories expended by a person, some people find it difficult to put on weight and for some weight loss is an impossible task. It is these people that a good dietitian can help by examining and extrapolating physical as well as psychological tests and symptoms to draw a customized nutrition and exercise program for each individual. For people residing in Delhi and Gurgaon, there are many good dieticians who can help patients with this holistic approach.

Many life style diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension are more prevalent in our fast-paced Metro cities such as Delhi, Mumbai etc. rather than in small towns and villages where life does not move on the high-speed lane. As metro cities expand to gobble up surrounding smaller towns, like Gurgaon or Faridabad almost merging with Delhi, the malaise of these diseases spreads there too. In most cases the first thing that the Doctor prescribes is weight loss and reduction in stress.

When a person suffers from these ‘diseases of opulence’, as they are often called, only a good dietician who is not only trained in nutrition and dietetics but also experienced in the non-science facet of finding unrelated mental and psychological causes that adversely affect health, can truly help in combating and overcoming the detrimental effects of these diseases.

Thus, a walk for 30 minutes every day could be recommended along with a 1500 calories diet for one person while a vigorous aerobics exercise could be recommended with a 1800 calories diet for another and yoga and meditation for an hour with 1600 -1800 calories intake program can be devised for yet another person, although all three may need the same weight loss; say 10 kilograms.  

Delhi and the NCR Regions like Gurgaon, Faridabad, NOIDA etc. has some very good dieticians available for consultation.

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Niti Munjal

Dietician by Profession but an IT professional by heart who believes that marriage of IT and Healthcare is the way to go to improve lifestyle and health of people in the country.

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