If you are looking for a nutritionist to help you achieve your health goals, use the following 10 questions to help you find the right nutritionist for you.

  1. What foods are considered to be carbs?

The nutritionist should know that carbs include vegetables and fruits as well as good and bad carbs. Carbs are found in breads, pasta, cereals, potatoes, beans, quinoa, squash, rice, turnips and other root vegetables.

  1. Is a low-carb diet recommended?

Low-carb diets are not always a good idea if you perform hard workouts.  Eating healthy carbs after a workout helps to replace glycogen, control you appetite and prevent you from craving sugar and/or alcohol.

  1. Can I lose weight just by monitoring my calories?

What you eat influences weight, not just how much you eat.  The insulin hormone plays a key role in influencing weight gain, the 24-hour fat oxidation rate and more.

  1. Can the nutritionist modify the food plan for lifestyle factors?

Yes, the food plan should be able to yield for lifestyle factors such as frequent business travel and or doctor’s recommendations.

  1. What is best to eat after a workout?

Eat carbs and protein with a 3:1 ratio within 30 minutes after a workout.

  1. Do foods impact my moods?

Yes, food modifies brain chemistry.

  1. Can I get rid of sugar cravings?

Yes, you can get rid of sugar cravings.  Any other answer may mean the nutritionist may not be ideal for you.

  1. Should any food or food groups be eliminated?

Eliminating whole groups of food such as carbs or fats may not work for you.  Eliminating a type of food such as white flour or sugar is okay.

  1. I don’t like vegetables. Do I need to eat vegetables or can I just eat fruit?

Vegetables and fruits are not equal and not interchangeable.  A food plan that modifies the brain chemistry to change your food preferences so that vegetables are palatable is recommended.

  1. How can I tell if I am hungry?

Hunger is when the body sends a signal that is needs food.  If you eat for any other reason such as boredom, anxiety, etc., that is a desire to eat and not hunger.

Remember to consult with your physician before making any changes to your health regime.
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