No matter how you look at it, weight loss is a scary and overwhelming thing.  Most people feel embarrassed at the concept of trying to lose weight.  But weight loss doesn’t have to feel like such a difficult and negative thing.  Whether you need to lose 5 pounds or 500 pounds this should be an exciting journey to a new healthier you.  And, like most journeys it doesn’t have to be taken alone.  When you join a sports team you have a coach, when you start a new job you have a mentor or a trainer, and when you want to lose weight you need a weight loss specialist.  Finding a weight loss specialist can be as simple as opening up the yellow pages.  However, finding the right weight loss specialist for you can be a little more challenging.

New-york-nutritionistThe first thing and hardest for most people is identifying your personal needs.  Weight loss success for one person looks completely different for another.  So, your needs, thoughts, feelings are of paramount importance.  Your preferences, past experience, budget, personality, lifestyle, goals, and nutritional needs are all part your personal needs.  Each one needs careful consideration in order to find a weight loss specialist that is going to work for you.  Since they are so important, let’s look at them a little closer.

Preferences –

Do you prefer one-on-one meetings, or do you like group support?  Do you prefer weekly meetings, or do you need more accessible constant support?

Past Experience –

Take the time to consider not only what has worked and not worked for you in the past, but also think about why those things work or don’t.  Was it a particular type of diet, or was it the group of people you were dieting with?

Budget –

There are a lot of differences in diet programs.  What might be included on one program, meeting with a weight loss specialist, might cost extra on another program.  Be sure you know all the details and determine what works best for you personally and financially.

Personality –

Not all personality types work well together.  Your weight loss specialist needs to be someone you can trust and rely on.  They’ll be your mentor and your motivator.  Be sure to select someone you feel comfortable with.

Lifestyle –

Obviously, if you travel a lot you have different needs than a stay at home parent.  Someone who travels might want a weight loss specialist that is easily reached by phone or email when they’re on the road.  These are all things to consider and discuss as you are making your selection.

Nutritional Needs –

It’s very important that you take the time to consider your dietary needs and that you discuss those needs with any potential weight loss specialist.  If you are diabetic, or vegetarian, or vegan, or have thyroid disease, you need a weight loss coach who is familiar with your particular needs and can make recommendation or choices that are going to be consistent with your dietary needs.

Selecting the right specialist can make all the difference in your success.  Most programs will offer a free consultation so you can meet their specialist in person and be sure they’re a good match.  To schedule your free consultation please click below or call (212) 759-8118.


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