How can a dietitian boost your exercise regime?
Diet is a crucial part to exercise. You need food to fuel your body to move and to perform at it’s best. Whether you want to loose weight, body sculpt, manage a chronic illness, train for a marathon or just be your healthiest best, you need to understand food and it’s effect on your body. This is where a dietitian can help. Everyone’s body makeup is different, and so we all have individual needs when it comes to food. When your exercise efforts are supplemented by the knowledge of a dietitian, you are on your way to the best outcome possible.
What is a Dietitian?
There are a lot of different people out there who sell their advice on all things food and nutrition. It is a good idea to know who you are talking to as there are lots of different ways you can be ‘accredited’. There are online courses you can do that can give anyone a little bit of knowledge to pass on. A dietitian, on the other hand, is someone who has done tertiary training. Dietitians have studied the applied science of nutrition in dietary change in people. They study anatomy, physiology, psychology, disease states and statistical analysis as foundational to their practice. This means that they are able to interpret new studies and up to date data revealed in the field. The advice that a dietitian gives you will be from an evidence-based position, not some idea or hypothesis that someone has because of merely individual experience. Experience and evidence have to go hand in hand to give you expert advice.
In Australia, to be an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) means that the dietitian has a national credential recognised by the Dietitians Association of Australia. To be registered annually, dietitians have to complete a certain number of continuing education activities and hours to ensure they remain up to date with the latest scientific research. They are dedicated to understanding the application of research studies to humans and the effect diet can have on our bodies. Even more so, they are skilled at understanding medical needs, complex biochemistry and tailoring diet to complement and boost nutritional needs. To put it simply, they have the highest level of knowledge when it comes to diet and nutrition out there.
Dietitians can work with you to prescribe for you a tailor-made diet for you and your goals. They can help you understand which foods are best for you right now and work with you to adapt those foods as you progress. They will help you make actual dietary changes in your life by giving you real world advice, which is supported by helping you with meal plans or giving you recipe ideas. Dietitians understand how critical diet is to our every day living; that a good diet will make you feel better and live a healthier life.
Want to lose weight?
Dietitians are excellent at sitting down with you and creating a tailored eating plan coupled with physical activity for weight loss. They will rarely prescribe you a ‘diet’, so much as understanding what foods you enjoy and helping you reduce your calorie intake whilst still enjoying food. If you have been struggling to lose weight, a dietitian may actually be able to help you discover some underlying problem that is preventing you from doing so. Maybe your gut has difficulty breaking down certain proteins or you have an allergy or intolerance you are unaware of. Maybe you have a hormone or endocrine problem that a dietitian can work with your GP to understand what is going on. Sometimes dietary intervention is more complex than meets the eye.
“Losing weight and losing weight in a healthy manner are two very different things. Learning how to lose weight—while eating healthy and avoiding nutritional deficiencies—is key to sustaining good health and even keeping the weight off.” Lisa Hayim
Been diagnosed with a chronic illness?
If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, diabetes or a chronic illness, a dietitian can help you change your eating plan to help you eat better for a healthier body. As crucial as exercise is for managing a chronic illness, diet plays just as an important role. A dietitian can guide you and help you understand which foods can make a big impact on the way your body responds to exercise. If you are feeling well, you will be more likely to be active which will reduce your risk of further complications and enable you to manage your illness better.
Training for a comp?
Dietitians are skilled at knowing which foods can maximise your physical performance. They know which micro and macro nutrients you need to get the most out of your exercise and training regime. If you are training for a marathon, they will be able to work out your pre-, during- and post-race diet. They can help you know what foods to eat the week before a triathlon and which foods to eat after to help you recover. A dietitian can work out with you the best foods to build muscle and the best foods to eat for energy output.
Here at AJ’s we promote healthy lives and we know how important nutrition is to a good exercise regime. So if you’ve been exercising with us but haven’t made any changes to your diet, and don’t know where to start, a visit to our onsite dietitian might just be a good move.
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