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NUTRITION

NUTRITIONAL SUPPORT

Spectrum Nutrition Specialist Dietitians
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The Doctor may advise you to speak to the dietetic team if they feel you would benefit from specialist dietary advice in relation to your weight loss journey.

Nutrition is the study of how food affects the body and how the body uses food for growth and maintenance. Good nutrition is essential for optimal health and well-being, and it plays a crucial role in the prevention and management of various health conditions.

The amount and types of nutrients required vary depending on age, sex, physical activity level, and health status. It is important to choose foods that provide a balance of macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, and fats) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) to support the body's various functions.

Spectrum nutrition will discuss your diet and different topics around nutrition and weight loss to help you on your journey. These topics include:

  • Basics of weight loss

  • Basics of nutrition

  • Meal planning and preparation tips

  • Maintaining a healthy relationship with food

  • Benefits of exercise for weight loss

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Meet our team of qualified dietitians today and take the first step towards a happier, healthier you!

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You can choose between a once off appointment or book a 6 session package

  • 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.

Common Questions 

Common Benefits 

  • Weight management: Eating a healthy balanced diet that is rich in nutrient-dense foods like fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains can help with weight management by providing essential nutrients while keeping calorie intake in check.

  • Reduced risk of chronic diseases: A healthy balanced diet can help reduce the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and certain types of cancer by providing the body with the nutrients it needs to function properly and maintain optimal health.

  • Improved mental health: Eating a healthy balanced diet can also benefit mental health by reducing symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress. Nutrient-dense foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains contain vitamins and minerals that support brain function and mood.

  • Better digestion: A healthy balanced diet that is rich in fiber can improve digestion by promoting regular bowel movements and reducing the risk of constipation. Fiber also helps to promote the growth of healthy gut bacteria, which can support overall health and immunity.

  • Improved energy and productivity: A healthy balanced diet that provides the body with essential nutrients can improve energy levels and productivity by supporting physical and mental performance. Nutrient-dense foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains provide the body with the energy it needs to function at its best.

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