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Millions of people struggle to lose weight and improve
their diets. Finding a diet that works for you and then staying with it can be
a huge challenge. Registered dietitians are experts in diet and nutrition,
particularly for promoting general health and treating conditions such as high
cholesterol. A dietitian can evaluate your diet and create a
cholesterol-lowering plan and detailed menu to work with your lifestyle and
A dietitian will ask about your eating habits.
A dietitian can suggest strategies and tips for adjusting to
your new diet. Most will recommend that you switch to your new diet gradually.
The dietitian can also teach you how to keep track of the amount of
saturated fat, trans fat,
and calories in your diet and how to
continually make gradual adjustments until you achieve your basic goals. Most
of all, a dietitian can help make your new diet fun by suggesting creative
recipes and helping you find ways to eat the foods that you enjoy the
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has a directory of
registered dietitians and can help you find one in your area. You can visit the
organization's website at www.eatright.org or call 1-800-877-1600.
Other Works Consulted
Raymond JL, Couch SC (2012). Medical nutrition and therapy for cardiovascular disease. In LK Mahan et al., eds., Krause's Food and the Nutrition Care Process, 13th ed., pp. 742–781. St Louis: Saunders.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerRhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes EducatorColleen O'Connor, PhD, RD - Registered Dietitian
Current as ofJanuary 27, 2016
Current as of:
January 27, 2016
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator & Colleen O'Connor, PhD, RD - Registered Dietitian
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