How to prepare for a visit to a dietitian

How to prepare for a visit to a dietitian

There are many reasons to visit a dietitian. From the difficulty in maintaining weight, through various health problems, to the desire to move on to a healthier lifestyle and nutrition. However, for whatever reason, you should know how to prepare for a visit to a dietitian and what to expect from her.
Who needs a dietitian?
A nutrition specialist should be visited by anyone who dreams of a slim figure, improved health condition, better mood, or simply learning the secrets of healthy eating.
It is worth remembering that a good dietician will cope not only with problems with weight loss, but also with tasks such as eating disorders, eating disorders, setting up an individual nutrition plan for people with symptoms of food intolerance or allergy, or for people with specific nutritional requirements at that time (e.g. the diet of a breastfeeding mother or a diet for a person during long-term treatment).
How do I prepare for my first visit to a dietitian?
The first step, of course, is to sign up for a visit. However, in order to make the most of it, it is not worth going to it just like that, “from the street”. You have to prepare yourself well.
Results of laboratory tests
Before a meeting with a dietician, it is advisable to do a few tests and take the results to a consultation. What kind of tests is this? Morphology, OB, CRP, glucose (fasting), thyroid profile, lipidogram (cholesterol in general, as well as its individual fractions – LDL and HDL and tri-glycerides), liver indices, urine examination.
If treatments or other examinations, such as gastroscopy or colonoscopy, have been performed recently, the results should also be available to a nutrition specialist. The point is that the more the doctor learns about our state of health, the more effectively he or she will be able to choose a diet.
Dietary journal
In order for a dietician to easily determine the habits of a patient and the amount of energy consumed in meals, it is necessary to prepare a diet diary, i.e. a list of all meals, at least from the last three days. It is good if one of these days is a weekend day.
A correctly compiled diary should include the time of consumption of a given meal, a list of products that comprised it, as well as their measurements (e.g. 1 slice, 2 handful, 1 teaspoon). Do not forget about snacks, unplanned eating and drinking!
It’s not about showing off your best side, but about giving the doctor a chance to get to know the actual, flagship diet of the patient every day. Honesty is essential!
Body composition analysis
The analysis of body composition, which allows to determine the content of fat tissue, muscle mass and water in the body, should also be a fixed point of the programme during the first visit to a dietitian.
For such an analysis it is necessary to be properly prepared, i.e. about 3 hours before the visit not to eat or drink large amounts of fluids, not to exercise intensively, in the case of women – not to put on tights that day (the analysis is done on bare feet, so it is easier this way) and not to put cream on the feet.
However, be careful not to analyse the body composition of people with pacemakers or pregnant women.
After such a diagnosis, reading the results of the tests, a diary and an interview, the dietitian may start further activities.
The way to the goal
It is worth knowing that a good dietician is one who approaches the patient individually, not only takes care of the menu, but also explains how important a healthy lifestyle is for health and well-being. Such specialists can be found in the dietary outpatient clinic in the Health Centre Panaceum. Moreover, all the necessary tests can be done there on the spot. A visit to the Panaceum is a guarantee of professional advice, help in setting the goal, and support in achieving it.

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