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Cafe Mom: What Does a Nutritionist Do — And Should I Use One?

“If I had more discipline, I could lose the weight.”

“I know what’s healthy and what isn’t. I just make bad choices.”

Even if you don’t tell yourself some version of one of these “excuses,” chances are you’ve heard them from a friend or coworker. In our culture, there’s a pervasive perception that weight loss is a result of superior willpower and virtue, and that if you could just be “good” or “stronger” you’d be able to find success. More than anything, this theory goes, struggles with weight are linked to some moral deficit. That couldn’t be more untrue.

A better (and more empowering) word association might be education. A journey toward health is all about learning how to change habits in a sustainable way. And while yes, you can look up information about proper nutrition on the internet, that doesn’t mean you know what to do with it or how to apply it to your real life. That’s where a nutritionist comes into play.

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