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What is a registered dietitian?

A registered dietitian is a food and nutrition expert who has met specific educational and professional requirements including:

What is the difference between a registered dietitian and a nutritionist?

The "RD" credential is a legal title that can only be used by experts who have earned and satisfied the above requirements.

It is very common for Registered Dietitians (RDs) to refer to themselves as "Nutritionists". While it is true that all registered dietitians are "nutritionists," not all nutritionists are registered dietitians. States have varying licensure laws. New York and New Jersey are 2 states that do not have licensure laws for Registered Dietitians; however, all of the Team members at North Jersey Nutrition are licensed, qualified and experienced Registered Dietitians.

A registered dietitian provides the most credible, reliable and objective nutrition information and research. They separate the facts from the myths and translate the latest scientific findings into information that is easy to understand and use.

What is a medically supervised weight loss program?

A medically supervised weight loss program is a joint effort between a patient and licensed health care professionals (Medical Doctor and a licensed dietitian) in an effort to assist in weight reduction, treatment in weight-related conditions, and improvement of quality of life. They provide a safe, effective weight loss strategy with medical supervision. The client is provided with real-life behavioral modification techniques to help conquer weight and health concerns.

How is medical weight loss different from a commercial weight loss program or going to my primary care physician?

As opposed to simply asking a physician how to lose weight, a patient in a medically supervised program meets on a weekly basis with the health care team. The Physician initially asses the patients' health and monitors their progression throughout the program. He will follow their labs closely, making sure they remain medically able to participate in our program and consume a low calorie diet. Once a patient is enrolled in the program, they are assessed weekly by our Licensed dietitian where they will undergo weekly nutritional, behavioral and exercise education.

Why does medical weight loss require weekly sessions?

Numerous studies support: long term weight loss success is greatest when supported by consistent and frequents visits. Weekly visits help you stay on track. In these sessions, we support your progress by customizing your program and developing strategies to cope with your unique challenges. This gives you the opportunity to personalize the program to fit your specific needs. You will be able to ask questions and raise any personal concerns as you educate yourself to maintain your weight loss. For your convenience, sessions can be done over the phone, e-mail, or skype. As your move through the phases of the program, your sessions with your RD will be less frequent and will differ from person to person.

Are appetite suppressants required? How safe are they?

WE believe that medications that suppress appetite can be a helpful tool and like all tools, have their place in an overall approach. Your healthcare providers will listen and tailor a treatment plan that works for you. If that plan includes and appetite suppressant, we will prescribe the dosage to your individual needs and monitor their safety and effectiveness through your weekly visits. Only the appetite suppressants that are FDA approved will be prescribed.

How many pounds will I lose a week?

On average, patients that follow their customized diet will lose up to 5 pounds a week. The result may vary depending on gender, age, if any medical conditions, starting weight and body composition. Men on average lose closer to 4-5 pounds per week compared to women who may lose on average, 2-3 pounds per week.

Do I need to buy special foods?

No, at North Jersey Nutrition we don't believe in "special foods" but often, the plans will involve eating meal replacements and taking nutritional supplements that are recommended because they provide most if not all of your nutritional needs.

Will I be told that I can't eat a particular food or food group?

Unless you are allergic to a particular food, there is no reason why you would have to eliminate a food or food group from your diet. All foods can be enjoyed. We strive to teach you how.

Does health insurance cover nutrition counseling services?

Most health insurances cover nutritional counseling by a registered dietitian. However, in some cases insurance may only cover for specific medical conditions for example diabetes. They also may only cover for an in network registered dietitian. An insurance specialist will work with you to ensure that you are getting accurate coverage from your insurance carrier.

Does health insurance cover medical weight loss or Medically Supervised Weight Management services?

We work with all insurance companies and have insurance specialists that will contact your individual insurer and let you know what they cover since different insurances provide different reimbursements. Since last year, Medicare and most other commercial insurance companies offer preventative, nutritional, and medical weight loss coverage and/or reimbursements. We also offer affordable plans for self-pay clients or for clients who do not receive adequate coverage from their insurance.

Does health insurance cover fitness or metabolic fitness training and workout programs offered by North Jersey Nutrition?

Health insurance will cover fitness or metabolic fitness training and programs offered by North Jersey Nutrition if the employer elects to offer it to their employees. Usually employers who promote health awareness offer fitness or metabolic training programs to keep employees to keep them healthy. They offer these types of programs to their employees as part of their regular benefit packet. An insurance specialist will work with you to ensure that you are getting the appropriate coverage from your insurance carrier.

Are calorie counters on workout machines really accurate?

There are many different manufacturers of cardiovascular equipment and they all use different formulas to compute the amount of calories burned. Body weight should always be a factor when calculating calories burned. The more you weigh, the more calories will be expended if all the other factors are equal. Other factors such as temperature and what you have eaten will affect the total caloric expenditure too. Treadmills seem to be the most consistent since most of them operate the same way. Elliptical trainers usually vary the most because some brands calculate their caloric expenditure based on a walking formula and some are cycle based.

What type of exercise is optimal for losing weight?

That's a difficult question to answer because each individual has different limitations. Running or an indoor cycling class burns a lot of calories per hour but may not be an option to all and/or may cause injuries if done repeatedly. My recommendation is to change your exercise routine as much as possible. When doing exercise that typically burns less calories, such as a yoga class, couple it with some other activity for the day like a walk, cleaning the house or gardening. On high intensity exercise days, add stretching to your routine. Strength training is important for your bones. Be sure to do some weight bearing activity as well. It is best to do something that you will enjoy so it becomes part of your daily routine and you will be happy doing it.

What time of day is the best time to exercise when wanting to lose weight?

There is no scientific evidence that supports a fluctuation in daily caloric expenditure based on the time of day that you exercise. Exercise at any time of day has benefits. Although, exercising first thing in the morning is a great way to feel energized and get your internal fire burning. Exercising after dinner is a great way to burn off your last meal of the day. Exercising at lunch time could mean that you have a smaller lunch. Exercise when it fits into your schedule and listen to your body to determine when you feel best doing it. Typically your body adjusts to the pattern you create; but, if exercising at night will prevent you from getting a good night's sleep or doing it first thing is too hard on your body try another time.

Will weight training make me gain weight?

Weight Training is an important component of any exercise regime. Weight training when done in higher repetitions can burn the same amount of calories as a cardiovascular workout. Individuals looking to put on muscle mass for physical appearance typically lift weights that can only be done 8-10 repetitions in a row before muscle failure. If looking to tone your muscles and ultimately lose weight, do high repetitions, 15-20, before muscle failure is reached. Moving from one muscle group to the next in an interval fashion will keep your heart rate elevated as if you are working out on a piece of equipment such as a bike or treadmill.

Why do I need to work out with a personal trainer?

If exercising on a regular basis has not worked out for you in the past, it's a good investment to try working with a certified professional one on one. Even by doing just a few introductory sessions you will help you learn how to work out efficiently and most importantly safely. Our metabolic fitness trainer can design a personal program with just a few minor pieces of equipment for a total body workout to be done in your own home or at the gym of your choice. Having a weekly appointment is a great way to make sure exercise is part of your weekly routine.

The gym I want to join offers a complimentary session. Why not just do that?

Upscale gyms usually offer a complimentary workout for new members. I would highly recommend taking advantage of this but it's most likely that you will need more than just what they are offering. The introductory session at a gym is more like an orientation to the workout room. You will most likely spend a lot of time getting adjusted to their equipment but will need more than just that one session to understand what type of exercise is right for you.

I want to work out at home, what kind of equipment should I get?

There are a lot of great things you can get for your home. Most of the major equipment manufacturers are making light commercial versions of their machines to accommodate the home user. Before making this type of investment, set up an appointment with our metabolic fitness trainer so that you can hear the pros and cons. Our trainer can point you in the right direction to make a sound and just decision that will be right for you.