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At our clinic, we understand that weight loss is not just about physical health, but also mental and emotional health. That's why we offer a comprehensive approach to weight management that includes support for mental health and wellbeing.

Our mental health support page is designed to provide information, resources, and guidance to help you address the mental health challenges that can arise during weight loss and weight management. Here you will find helpful tips for managing stress and anxiety, strategies for coping with emotional eating, and guidance for developing a positive body image and self-esteem.

We believe that a healthy mind and body are essential for successful weight management, and we are committed to providing our patients with the tools and support they need to achieve their goals. Our mental health support page is just one of the many resources we offer to help our patients achieve long-term success in their weight loss and weight management journeys.

Whether you are just starting your weight loss journey or have been struggling with weight management for years, we are here to help. Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to providing compassionate, personalized care that addresses your unique needs and goals. So please, take a look around our mental health support page and let us know if you have any questions or concerns. We are here to support you every step of the way.

  • 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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Benefits 

There are many benefits to taking mental health support during weight management treatment. Here are just a few:

  1. Improved emotional wellbeing: Weight management can be a stressful and emotional process, and having the support of a mental health professional can help you manage difficult emotions and improve your overall emotional wellbeing.

  2. Increased self-awareness: Working with a mental health professional can help you become more aware of your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors related to food and weight, which can help you make more informed choices and develop healthier habits.

  3. Better coping skills: Mental health support can provide you with the tools and strategies you need to cope with stress, anxiety, and other emotional challenges that can arise during the weight management process.

  4. Greater motivation and accountability: Working with a mental health professional can help you stay motivated and accountable to your weight management goals, which can increase your chances of success.

  5. Improved body image and self-esteem: Weight management can be challenging, and it's easy to become overly focused on numbers and external appearance. Mental health support can help you develop a more positive body image and self-esteem, which can improve your overall quality of life.

 

In short, taking mental health support during weight management treatment can help you achieve better overall physical and emotional health, increase your chances of success, and improve your overall quality of life.

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