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RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
9/12/13 11:59 A

I think that you will find that an insurance company would LOVE to allow you to go to a dietitian, instead of paying for you to fight diabetes, cancer, or heart disease. Prevention is cheaper.

Get a referral from your doctor, and once you get a dietitian you like, you will be sitting down at a table with them, and they will be answering any questions you have. Ask a LOT of them. You want to lose weight. Have them set a calorie limit, and design a menu for you. They will write out EXACTLY what you have to eat at every meal, if you want. Over time, you will take over writing these menus, and learn to do it on your own. DON'T lie about what you ate. If you cheat, that is an issue to address. They won't scold you like a doctor, they will look for a solution. A doctor wants YOU to fix the problem, and a Dietitian wants to fix the problem for you, and then teach you how to continue to do so for yourself.

We all want to fix the problem, so our doctor won't give us " the look ", but don't know how. That is what dietitians are for. The more information you give them, and the more questions you ask, and get answers to, the more they can help you. A visit may not be that cheap, but you may find that a few visits will get you on the right track, and then you can just go in every 3-6 months to make sure yo are on the right track. The cost of a few dietitian sessions, is a LOT cheaper than disease management, whether your insurance, or you personally have to pay for it. It is worth the investment, if at all possible.

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9/12/13 11:05 A

If you cannot get a referral, go to a local college or university and see if they have an office for nutritional studies. I work at a large university and we have an office where you can meet with a RD, have a body composition test done, have a full 1 hour consultation and get 3 1/2 hour follow up sessions for $20. The reason it is so cheap is because there is a student in the room observing.

9/11/13 9:12 P

I would start with your doctor or local hospital and ask for a referral for a Registered Dietitian.
Depending on the state in which you live and your insurance coverage ---this will determine if there is any payment provided. Being overweight/obese is an insurance code--in which meal planning would be a part of the intervention.

Once in touch with the dietitian, tell the person what you want/need. Find out if they have experience. Be as specific as possible. If you want meal plans and menus, food ideas...ask just that.

If you are paying out of pocket, ask about the fee.

Your SP Registered Dietitian

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9/11/13 6:47 P

Yes, indeed, there are registered dieticians. SparkPeople's Dietician Becky is in that group. I would not want to work with one that was not registered.

I would ask for references to a reputable registered dietician at your doctor's office, local hospital and/or friends. Any registered dietician should be able to help you with a weight loss/maintenance diet that will work for you; their work is not limited to working with people with medical conditions.

Another thought - do you have a Spark team in your particular city? If so, you could put a question out to them to see if anybody else is working with a dietician that they know is good.

Hope this helps!!

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9/11/13 5:21 P

A few people have mentioned working with a dietician. But I'm not really sure what that means.

Are there "registered dieticians?"

How do you find and pay for one who is reputable?

How do you determine whether a dietician will be able to help you if you are not dealing with a medical condition, but rather looking for some help in developing a weight loss /maintenance diet that will work for you?


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