We’d love to have some on our website to help you make your decision. However, fully qualified and accredited dietitians, along with GPs, Physiotherapists and other health professionals are prohibited from using testimonials due to government regulations.
The many weight loss programs and practitioners who do use testimonials, do so as they are unregulated. What does this mean to you as the client? Just remember there is no way to check if a testimonial is authentic or not, and testimonials can easily be fabricated.
Have a read though the pros and cons of going on diet versus seeing a dietitian and this may help with your decision.
JUST EAT FOOD
Forget the diet stuff, forget artificially sweetened foods, forget fructose free* foods, forget shakes, forget the latest fad.
In the words of Michael Pollan;
“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
Diet vs Dietitian
Pros of going on a diet;
1) Weight loss can be fast, which appeals to many despite the fact most people regain the weight.
2) The method appears easy when all you need to do is replace meals with shakes/bars or other supplements.
3) They often advocate complete avoidance of a food or food group which requires less work than learning how to change your mindset and behaviour to achieve moderation and balance.
4) Celebrities use them and get great results (or so we are told).
Cons of going on a diet;
1) The overwhelming majority of people who go on a diet regain the weight.
2) You don’t learn how to make better food choices to manage your eating and health long-term.
3) You are unlikely to improve your relationship with food or your body leaving you vulnerable to becoming a yoyo dieter.
3) You don’t learn to reconnect with your internal cues of hunger and fullness which is fundamental to managing your eating and health long-term.
4) You are less likely to address or manage psychological factors that trigger food cravings, binges or non-hungry eating.
5) In a few months (or few years) time you’ll probably end up back where you started.
6) If you have kids, you won’t be setting a good example or teaching them healthy habits.
7) You’ll most likely end up wasting your money.
Pros of seeing a dietitian;
1) You learn how to listen to your body cues again which enables you to eat intuitively rather than relying on someone else, or a meal plan, telling you what and when to eat.
2) You don’t need to change your eating patterns radically or eat different meals to the rest of your family.
3) You don’t need to eat ‘diet’ food or supplements.
4) You don’t have to ‘diet’ or restrict certain food and you can learn to enjoy treats without feeling guilty or feeling you’ve blown your diet.
5) You will experience a change in mindset and a change in your psychology and this enables you to establish a better relationship with food that helps reduce cravings, binges or non-hungry eating.
6) You can address and start to manage psychological factors that trigger food cravings, binges or non-hungry eating.
7) Learning how to eat sensibly and in moderation are skills you can pass onto your kids so they too develop healthy eating habits.
8) You may find you enjoy the process (as my clients tell me they do). To be able to enjoy all food and feel in control of your health is truly liberating and allows you to be in control of what you eat rather than food controlling you.
Cons of seeing a dietitian;
1) Most people will need to commit to regular appointments, at least in the short term.
2) You will need to allow time to plan, shop and cook food.
3) There is a level of effort required and you will need to juggle your priorities.
4) Addressing the psychological aspects of why you over-eat can be uncomfortable and confronting (but well worth it).
One could argue that these are not actually cons, but necessary measures to take care of your health.
“To help you stop dieting, help you rediscover the pleasure in eating and to nurture
a healthy relationship with food and your body”