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  • What is the difference between a Dietitian and a Nutritionist?
    Dietitians specialize in providing dietary advice to treat various diet-related diseases and medical conditions, including medically managed weight loss. Nutritionists work primarily in the community, but they also contribute to laboratories, food manufacturing, private clinics, sports clubs, and gyms to promote healthy living through diet and nutrition. The Irish law protects the profession of "Dietitian," requiring that individuals register with the national health regulator, CORU. In contrast, the term "Nutritionist" is not protected, leading to the possibility of anyone labeling themselves as a Nutritionist. Therefore, it is important to be cautious when selecting a Nutritionist. Spectrum Health Dietitians, who partner with the Medical Weight Management Clinic, hold either a degree or master's degree in Dietetics and all dieticians are registered with CORU and the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute (INDI), the professional body for Dietitians in Ireland.
  • What are some healthy food options that can help manage obesity?
    Incorporating high-fiber, nutrient-dense foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats into your diet can help manage obesity. Reducing or eliminating processed and high-calorie foods like sugary drinks, fried foods, and snacks can also be beneficial.
  • How much water should I be drinking to help manage obesity?
    Drinking at least 8 cups of water per day can help manage obesity by reducing hunger and promoting feelings of fullness. Water can also help flush toxins out of the body and improve digestion.
  • Is it necessary to cut out all fats from my diet to manage obesity?
    No, it is not necessary to cut out all fats from your diet to manage obesity. Consuming healthy fats like avocados, nuts, seeds, and fatty fish in moderation can actually be beneficial for weight management and overall health. However, it is important to limit or avoid unhealthy fats like saturated and trans fats found in processed foods.
  • Can tracking my food intake help manage obesity?
    Yes, tracking your food intake can help manage obesity by increasing awareness of calorie intake and identifying areas where adjustments can be made. There are many apps and websites that can help track food intake and monitor progress towards weight loss goals.

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