Diet and exercise – diet and exercise – diet and exercise.
No doubt you’ve heard about the importance of diet and exercise so often, the words have become almost meaningless.
Then comes the moment when you are faced with the possibility, or even a diagnosis, of a lifestyle disease.
Common Lifestyle Diseases
Nobody wants to learn that they have – or are at risk of developing – a serious chronic condition, such as:
” Heart disease;
” Type 2 diabetes;
” Arthritis; or
These all fall into the category of lifestyle diseases, simply because your lifestyle can play a significant role in whether you will be affected.
The Top 2 Risk Factors
Although some of the risk factors are things out of your control (such as age, race, gender and genetics), you can take steps to better manage the top two risk factors for lifestyle disease:
1. Undesirable food choices; and
2. Weight gain.
With almost two in three Australian adults now regarded as overweight or obese, as a nation we are obviously guilty of poor eating habits. That’s a lot of individuals with serious potential health problems walking (or sitting!) around.
So how can you improve your outlook for a healthy future? It all comes back to those two unpopular words: diet and exercise.
Allies help you win the War
The good news is you don’t have to fight the battle alone. A dietitian can be a great ally if you want to lose weight and/or prevent lifestyle diseases.
It’s all very well knowing that you need to improve your eating habits – putting it into practice however, is not always so simple.
There is no such thing as a “one size fits all” approach to weight loss. We all have different body shapes, lifestyles, medical histories, and preferences – which is why the diet in a magazine that your friend swears by, does nothing for you.
Or what if your GP has raised concerns about osteoporosis, knowing that you are allergic to cow’s milk, or that you are a vegan? Dairy products might be the best source of calcium for strong bones, but that information doesn’t help if you never eat them.
If you are serious about fighting lifestyle disease, book an appointment with a Sunshine Coast dietitian at our clinic. Research has shown that people with chronic disease experience better outcomes when they are supported by a multidisciplinary team of health providers (for example, their GP plus a dietitian and/or other allied health practitioners).
How a Sunshine Coast Dietitian Can Help
Once your dietitian has undertaken a comprehensive assessment of your current health, they can work with you to:
” identify and problem solve your barriers to healthy eating;
” dispel any nutrition myths you might be harbouring;
” create a personalised eating plan; and
” provide motivation and monitoring.
People are sometimes nervous about seeing a dietitian, thinking it will mean giving up their favourite chocolate, cheese, or alcoholic beverage, forever. They assume that they will be placed on such a strict eating regime, it will strip all the joy from their lives.
At Sunshine Coast Dietetics, we understand that the best diet or eating pattern is one you can maintain over the long term. We want to help you make better choices so that you will have the best chance of sticking to them.
If that sounds good to you, contact us today and start pursuing a healthier lifestyle!