My name is Asa House. I am a registered dietitian with a background in clinical nutrition but with heart and soul in sports and family nutrition. I created “AHealthyHouse” with the intent of providing education in healthy and functional diet for anyone interested in learning how to eat according to individual needs and preferences.
I find that most of the clients I counsel have a good idea of what constitutes a healthy diet. We have information available at the tip of our fingers at all times. Problems come up when there is either a confusion over fact versus fad or if the diet habits need to change to meet the needs of a new workout routine. I meet clients who are “stuck” and don’t see progress or results despite a consistent workout schedule and a “clean“ diet. Finding the balance between reducing the caloric intake to promote fat loss while still providing enough energy in order to sustain and/or increase lean body mass can be tricky and it’s easy to get frustrated when we don’t see immediate results.
Many gyms offer nutritional advice and might have a health coach on staff. It would, however, be worth your time and money to meet with a registered dietitian who can back up advice with evidence based science. Someone who has the clinical understanding of metabolism and energy pathways on a molecular level and who also can relate to the delicate balance between life and work, to related health conditions, even to poor kitchen skills.
We eat to peak our performance, we eat to get energized, we eat to get and stay healthy and one should not exclude the other. We are all individuals with individual tastes and needs and a good diet should reflect all of this. In all reality, weight loss should ideally be the pleasant side effect from a healthy diet. You are the most important piece in the puzzle when getting a good diet together. It is an ongoing process that keeps changing and it needs consistent attention.