Most Americans go through life spending hours and hours on the phone. What’s more; many of them are also on diets. For people belonging to both of these groups, listen up: one new study says that you can use the first to make the second a success.
Researchers conducted a study including both phone use and proper dieting counseling, and came to some interesting results. They concluded that dietician counseling done over the phone can be a great (and less expensive) substitute for face-to-face dietary counseling. Plus, its convenience could actually better your personal adherence to your weight-loss regimen.
Below are two simple ways you can call in for weight loss.
• Call Up An R.D.
Have an in-person appointment with a registered dietitian to mull over your comprehensive weight loss goals and ways to achieve them. Next, schedule regular phone-in sessions to keep track of your progress.
“Being accountable to someone other than yourself definitely increases the likelihood that you’ll continue the healthy behaviors that helped you to lose weight in the first place,” says Elisa Zied, R.D., spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.
When it comes to your recommended phone-call frequency rate, “It depends on the person and his or her budget,” the author of Feed Your Family Right! continues. “Once every week, two weeks or month should be realistic, however.”
Your dietitian might prorate his/her typical 30- to 60-minute in-session fee for 10-minute phone calls, though it’s ultimately up to each doctor. While fees probably vary depending on your specific situation, your health insurance could cover much of it.
• Phone Home
If you can’t spend money on a dietician right now– use your mother instead (or anyone else who will support and encourage you during your weight-loss journey).
“A lot of studies show that having a buddy can help weight loss because you’re accountable to each other,” Zied explains. “The same applies to buddy calls.”
Still, the strategy can turn sour quickly if your phone-helper turns from your biggest fan to your guilt-tripping taskmaster, Zied warns.
Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.
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