Nutrition Notes V
In the world of a Registered Dietitian, weight loss is the number 1 concern for most of my patients. While I understand this concern, it may surprise you to find out that I don’t really care what my patients weigh. Yes, you can make a case that some lab levels, and orthopedic impairments are improved with weight loss. But, what we are really talking about is improved muscle to fat ratio (body composition). I strive for this improved ratio with all my clients. I don’t focus on numbers on the scale, or the height/weight norms, or the BMI chart. Think of it: is your A1c level, or your knee pain better by cutting your hair, trimming your nails and dehydrating yourself in the sauna? You may have “lost weight” but you have not improved your health status. By taking the pressure off “weight loss”, I can refocus my patients on their overall health: are they feeling better? Is there less drama around food? Are they able to do things more easily due to improved fitness? With less stress around weight, health improves!
Lisa Richardson MA, RDN AND#11008