What to Expect from your Dietitian Appointment
What happens when you attend your first Dietitian appointment?
You should arrive 5 minutes early to fill out the registration form. Your Dietitian will then greet you and bring you into the clinic room. They will start with a detailed medical history to get all the information about your current issue. From here they will do a complete body composition and nutritional assessment to figure out what the issue is. They will then explain the findings of the assessment to you and answer any questions you have. This assessment allows the Dietitian to develop a specific treatment plan for you and this will be started in the first session.
Your Dietitian will do their best to be on time, however in certain circumstances they may run a few minutes late.
What does the initial assessment involve?
Your dietitian will need to carry out a full assessment before any advice can be given. This includes:
1) Body Composition:
- Waist Circumference
- Body fat %
- Muscle mass
- Bone mass
- Metabolic age
- Body water %
- Visceral fat rating
2) Nutritional Assessment:
- Diet history and analysis
- Calorie requirements
- Activity level
3) Nutritional Goals:
- What are your goals?
- Goals will be set for you with a clear action plan
4) Nutrition Plan:
Your Dietitian will explain exactly which areas you need to work on to achieve your goals. This will be a complete overview of your current lifestyle.
You will receive a calorie specific nutrition plan to attain your goals. This is a starting point to ensure you have a good idea of how to improve your nutrition. This will develop and change over time.
Now you have completed the first appointment what will the follow up entail?
Follow up review appointments are important to review your progress, keep you on track and stay motivated. Follow up appointments are usually 30 mins. From here you can choose to embark on a structured programme or opt for individual consultations depending on your preferences.
All programmes will be tailored to the individual.
If you do not choose a programme, you can decide with your Dietitian how many visits you will need.
During your reviews, you will receive tailored advice to achieve your goals and to overcome barriers to change. Specific meal plans and recipes can be provided.
How many appointments do you need to attend?
This varies a huge amount from person to person depending on what the issue is. This depends on several factors:
- Your starting point and your desired goals
- Your current understanding of nutrition
- Your personal preference - do you like hands on support or do you prefer to action plans alone?
- Your progress - what you do between appointments will determine how fast you achieve your goal
Will I receive a tailored meal plan during my first consultation?
After your first consultation, your Dietitian will explain key points which need to be actioned to achieve your goals. You will be given a starter meal plan. This can be expanded upon in future consultations.
Will I be expected to do anything in between consultations?
Yes. For optimal results you will be asked to stick to a certain number of calories per day. You may be asked to track what you are eating and exercise may be included as part of your programme.