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Can I Lose Weight with Nutritional Counseling?

Written By Coastal Integrative Health on April 17, 2019

iStock 178591109Maybe you have tried losing weight on your own, but the numbers on the scale haven’t budged. Is it time to try a new weight loss plan? There is no shortage of options today, but every program has its drawbacks as well as its benefits.

Check out these four popular diets to see if any might be the right plan for you.

The Ketogenic Diet

High in fat with almost no carbs, the ketogenic or keto diet puts your body into a metabolic state known as ketosis. It allows your body to burn fat faster, shedding pounds at the same time.

The Keto diet has been touted as an effective way to lose pounds and lower some disease risk factors. However, people that have used the program have complained of a foggy state for the first few weeks, commonly known as the “keto flu.”

Paleo

The Paleo diet is considered the “hunter-gatherer diet.” It consists of raw foods, including meats, eggs, fresh produce, nuts, seeds, and healthy fats. Restricted foods include legumes, grains, dairy, and sugar.

Studies on the Paleo diet indicate it could be effective for weight loss and provide significant health improvements. The restrictive nature of a plan can be both expensive and difficult to maintain, however.

Vegetarian and Vegan Diets

Millions of Americans over the age of 55 enjoy a vegetarian or vegan diet, according to Harvard Medical School. Vegetarian diets eliminate meat and poultry, while vegan diets are restricted to plant-based foods, prohibiting even eggs and dairy. 

While both these diets are considered healthy, they can lack some essential nutrients like iron, calcium and vitamin B12. Supplements are usually needed.

If you are serious about weight loss, nutritional counseling in Shallotte might be the right approach for you. At Coastal Integrative Health, our nutrition experts offer customized plans to work with your body and budget. Contact us today at 910-755-5400.


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