There are various practitioners working in the field of weight management including nutritionists, dieticians, nutritional therapists, hypnotherapists and psychotherapists. Practitioners may also specialise in other methods which can help in maintaining a healthy weight such as fitness instructors or personal trainers.
It is advisable for anyone considering visiting a weight management practitioner or therapist that you check they have undergone thorough training and have accreditation with a relevant governing body or professional association. Before booking an appointment, you should also consult with your GP.What to expect
Your first session is likely to include an assessment of your current medical health. This may include a number of questions and tests such as:
- Medical History
- BMI Calculation
- Weight History
- Waist Measurement
- Dieting History
- Blood Pressure
- Physical Activity
It is important to be open and honest during this assessment. If you have any chronic medical conditions make your therapist aware of them as this could affect your treatment programme.
Your therapist will then begin to suggest methods that will be beneficial to you in managing your weight such as foods that should be eaten or avoided. They may recommend a specific diet and the use of supplements aimed at helping you achieve your ideal weight. They may also suggest lifestyle changes such as relaxation or exercise.
You may also be asked to keep a diary of what foods you eat or changes you make to your lifestyle and their results. This can then be taken to your next appointment so the practitioner can make any adjustments should they be required.