Step 1: AssessmentAn assessment of your current and optimal weight, your eating habits, your current nutrition, calorie usage, and any medical conditions you may have. The assessment includes developing an understanding of your family circumstances, the social aspects of food in your life, and what foods you most and least enjoy.
Step 2: Lifestyle Modification Plan
A comprehensive plan is developed to modify your lifestyle to achieve optimal weight balance. High-calorie/low-nutritional-quality foods are reduced and replaced by lower calorie, nutrient-dense foods. Calorie utilization is increased through lifestyle modification and exercise programs.
Step 3: Optional Home Intervention
If necessary, we can come to your home and develop a program for your whole family. We review the food in the house and suggest what could be added, and what could be replaced. We can suggest menus designed to be workable for your lifestyle, and to please all the people with whom you eat. If cooking skills are a limitation to making the dietary transition, we can provide resources for cooking instruction.
Step 4: Monitoring
We use various forms of communication to guide you through the lifestyle adjustment process. Office visits, phone calls, Skype, and email allow us to keep in touch while we review which lifestyle changes are working and which are proving to be more challenging. Based on this feedback we adjust the lifestyle modification plan to be more effective for you.
Step 5: Maintenance
When you achieve your weight-balance goals, we review with you the long-term lifestyle management issues you may face. With lifestyle nutrition management, there is no return to a "before the intervention" state, or “before I went on a diet”. Instead, your lifestyle is modified and it becomes a natural part of your daily life. During the weight-balancing period you will have been consuming the calories and expending the energy necessary to achieve your desired weight. At that point, you are in balance.
The lifestyle modification systems vary for each individual. Feel free to use our Contact Us page to ask any basic questions you may have regarding whether or not the Lifestyle Nutrition Management Approach is right for you.