What Diet is Right for You
by Cassidy Bancroft, RDN
You’ve googled it. You’ve asked your friends. You’ve even questioned your neighbor about just exactly how they lost the weight. But what diet is actually the best for you, your body, and your mind? Read on to find out!
You’re always hungry. While a variety of factors impact your hunger, following a low carb diet can help manage appetite levels. In a nutshell, carbohydrates increase a hormone called insulin in your body. Insulin, in turn, makes you hungry and more likely to gain weight. When you reduce your carb intake, you also reduce your insulin, resulting in less hunger and fat storage. Sounds great, right? Well, figuring out your personal threshold for carbohydrates can be a challenge and some people find it more difficult than others to give up foods like bread. Need support to do it? We can help you with an individualized approach!
You need a night time treat. Some diets, like Weight Watchers, are designed to give you the flexibility to include any food, even things like sweets or potato chips. If you’re someone that struggles with a sweet tooth or always reaches for a snack after dinner, using a flexible program may be the best fit. But if you also suffer from medical complications, sometimes the one-size-fits-all app-based approach doesn’t give you enough support. Need help figuring out how to navigate a medical condition without a rigid plan? We have you covered!
You never want to eat breakfast. Intermittent fasting is everywhere these days. A quick internet search spits out dozens of different protocols and supposed results. You’ll lose 5 pounds in a week or get off medications in a month or other magic claims. So if you’re never hungry in the morning, it must be a good fit for you, right? Not always! We can help you figure out if fasting is the right approach for you and exactly how much and how often it will give you the best results.
You get bloated when you eat dairy. If dairy, beans, or gluten give you tummy troubles, Paleo might be the diet for you. Without processed foods or cow’s milk, many people see an improvement in their GI function. However, knowing which foods are on your “yes” list and which are on your “no” list can be a challenge to figure out on your own. Generic lists you find online might not work for you. We can help you with an individualized approach to find the underlying issue and provide suggestions on how to improve your symptoms that you probably won’t find through Dr. Google.
Your joints feel achy. If you wake up with stiff joints or have an autoimmune disease, chances are your doctor (or someone on the street!) has recommended the Mediterranean diet. Filled with great anti-inflammatory foods like olive oil, fish, and fresh veggies, this approach can help you move and feel better, overall. Complicated health conditions, like rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, need more support than just “eat more omega 3s” though. We’re here to provide you with medical insight and dietary suggestions tailored to you that are designed to help you feel your best.
You think it’s just a portion problem. Think you just eat too much? Download an app and start counting your calories, problem solved! You know it’s not that easy, though. Apps lack real, in-person support and don’t take any of your health issues or concerns into account. If you’ve struggled to remain committed to your nutrition in the past, we’re here to help you because we know there is more to it than just ‘portions’.
You just don’t know where to start. We do! If you have no clue what the right diet or lifestyle is for you, we can help you figure it out. We know what works for one person might not work for the next and are dedicated to finding the solution that best fits you. Reach out today to work with our doctors, physician assistants, and registered dietitians.