Ask the Dietitian in Houston, TX
Patients who are considering bariatric surgery often have quite a few questions concerning diet and nutrition. Our staff dietitians take a personalized approach to nutrition, recognizing that each person has unique needs best addressed one on one. The Woodlands and Houston-area patients also tend to ask some of the same questions, which is why this information is being provided at our Cypress practice.
Q. What should be included in a healthy diet plan?
Foods in a healthy diet plan should contain a variety of nutrient-dense foods. The amount of sugar, salt, and solid fat you consume should naturally be limited when you include foods from all the major food groups in the right portion sizes.
Q. How many calories should I consume daily?
That depends on your gender and activity level. Men who are moderately active should generally consume between 2,000 and 2,500 calories per day, while moderately active women may only need between 1,800 and 2,000 calories.
Q. How many calories must be burned to lose one pound?
One pound equals 3,500 calories. This means you will either need to reduce your caloric intake or exercise more to eliminate these calories. A combination of both is recommended for the safest results.
Q. What is the best way to get the right nutrients without taking in too many calories?
Eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, and lean protein will help ensure you get the right vitamins and minerals without adding too much fat, starch or sugar to your diet. You should also avoid adding sugar to your food and limit the number of alcoholic beverages you consume as well.
Here at our Houston clinic, our knowledgeable dietitians will work with you one on one to develop a nutritional plan that best suits your needs. This will allow you to lose weight safely, while taking into account any other obesity-related disorders you may have such as diabetes.
Located in Cypress, Dr. Matthew St. Laurent is committed to total patient care, which is why he offers consultations with registered dietitians as part of his service to The Woodlands and Houston-area patients. To find out more, contact us at 281-301-1404.