Millions of Americans struggle to lose weight and improve
their diets. Finding a diet that works for you and then staying with it can be
a huge challenge. Registered dietitians are experts in diet and nutrition,
particularly for promoting general health and treating conditions, such as high
cholesterol. A dietitian can evaluate your diet and create a
cholesterol-lowering plan and detailed menu to work with your lifestyle and
A dietitian will ask about your eating habits.
You’ve probably heard of triglycerides, and you’ve probably also heard that
consistently high blood levels of triglycerides can be a bad thing.
But what are triglycerides, exactly? Why would your doctor shake his
head if your cholesterol report says that your triglycerides are high? And what
do they have to do with diabetes and a group of worrisome symptoms called the
How do you prepare meals at home? From packaged or fresh
What are your favorite foods?
A dietitian can suggest strategies and tips for adjusting to
your new diet. Most will recommend that you switch to your new diet gradually.
The dietitian can also teach you how to keep track of the amount of
saturated fat, trans fat,
cholesterol, and calories in your diet and how to
continually make gradual adjustments until you achieve your basic goals. Most
of all, a dietitian can help make your new diet fun by suggesting creative
recipes and helping you find ways to eat the foods that you enjoy the
The American Dietetic Association maintains a directory of
registered dietitians and can help you find one in your area. You can visit the
organization's Web site at www.eatright.org or call 1-800-877-1600.