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Thursday, October 01, 2009

I had a free session with a nutritionist at the JCC yesterday, part of the Biggest Loser challenge they're doing.

On the plus side, I got confirmation that I needed to focus on the protein and maybe up the fat a little bit.

On the down side, said expert was recommending going down to 1100 calories (red alert!) and was unduly concerned about my carbs. Never mind that I regularly go under my allotment of carbs here, and that they consist of whole grains, veggies and fruit.

Also had never heard of SparkPeople or nutritiondata.com. You'd think there would be some familiarity with some of the tools out there.....

I'm sticking with this. Thanks, SP!
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    It just seems to me that, while there are many valid approaches to nutrition and diet, if one specializes in this field, one should be aware of the tools that are out there.
    I've just done this long enough to know what doesn't work for me. I discover every day what does.

    All the right questions were asked in this case, no worries. But your comment reminds me of all the times a nurse has looked at my cholesterol level and told me to lay off the fried foods, not knowing a thing about my diet. Oh, and totally ignored my HDL of 93. LOL
    4175 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/1/2009 2:59:56 PM
  • JLITT62
    Well, I'm not real surprised she hadn't heard of SP -- many people haven't. There are so many here it seems like everyone should, but in reality, we're small potatoes.

    Now, the 1100 calorie thing would have me run screaming from the room.

    Hey, I once had an endocronologist take one look at me & tell me about some 1000 calorie diet they had that she thought I ought to be on. Before doing any bloodwork, before talking to me about my diet or asking me about my activity level.

    Needless to say, I didn't take her advice!
    4175 days ago
    Congrats on being a smart consumer....there are so many "experts" out there not to mention the advertising gimmicks in this world as well that would lead a person down a less than healthy path. We must always be critical consumers and I agree, SP has given us tools and info to use while we follow a healthy lifestyle. I agree with FGOETTLER too....give your body what it needs and enjoy life and have fun!
    4175 days ago
  • JULIEQ2011
    Congrats on sticking with SP! I would never recommend going below 1200 calories a day for any reason, especially when you're active. That person doesn't sound incredibly knowledgable to me. I think its great that you stay confident in what you know is right and don't change your way because of some "expert". Way to go!
    4175 days ago
  • FREDI59
    From what I see on your spark page, you don't need to be overly concerned about your weight anyway - just focus on eating healthy, have fun exercising and give your body what it needs to function and enjoy life. Some nutritionists barely deserve the name - "starvationist" might be a better match
    4175 days ago
    WAY TO GO !! Sparkpeople rocks. It was good that you went though. You learn what other people know.
    4175 days ago
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