High Cholesterol: How a Dietitian Can Help
Millions of Americans struggle to lose weight and improve their diets. Finding a diet that works for you and then staying with it can be a huge challenge. Registered dietitians are experts in diet and nutrition, particularly for promoting general health and treating conditions, such as high cholesterol. A dietitian can evaluate your diet and create a cholesterol-lowering plan and detailed menu to work with your lifestyle and daily routine.
A dietitian will ask about your eating habits. For example:
A dietitian can suggest strategies and tips for adjusting to your new diet. Most will recommend that you switch to your new diet gradually. The dietitian can also teach you how to keep track of the amount of saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, and calories in your diet and how to continually make gradual adjustments until you achieve your basic goals. Most of all, a dietitian can help make your new diet fun by suggesting creative recipes and helping you find ways to eat the foods that you enjoy the most.
The American Dietetic Association maintains a directory of registered dietitians and can help you find one in your area. You can visit the organization's Web site at www.eatright.org or call 1-800-877-1600.
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