Nutrition Santa Rosa, CA

Nutrition

Good nutrition is crucial to healthy weight loss — but it can be challenging to implement the changes you need for lifelong weight loss without some guidance. The team at Healthy Steps Weight Loss Center in Santa Rosa, California, specializes in healthy weight loss, which starts with customized nutrition advice and comprehensive support. Call to book your appointment today.

What kind of nutrition plan will I use for weight loss?

At Healthy Steps Weight Loss Center, you’ll get customized nutritional counseling throughout your weight loss journey. During your one-on-one nutritional counseling sessions, your dietitian at Healthy Steps Weight Loss Center tailors a low-glycemic modified Mediterranean or low-carb eating plan just for you.

You start with a 12-week intensive program that resets your metabolism, and then continue on with monthly visits throughout your weight loss journey. Your dietitian adjusts your diet as needed to help you reach your goals and feel your best.

Why is low-glycemic nutrition so good for health and wellness?

Low-glycemic index diet is similar to a standard low-carb diet in some ways, but it allows select carbs. When you eat low-glycemic foods, you’re eating protein along with the healthy carbs that don’t cause huge blood sugar spikes. With stable blood sugar, you can process and eliminate food effectively.

Low-glycemic eating also helps with health conditions like diabetes. Some patients at Healthy Steps Weight Loss Center have been able to reduce or eliminate their diabetes medication with medical guidance by following a healthy low-glycemic index eating plan and losing extra weight.

Do I need to exercise to lose weight on my nutrition plan?

Regular exercise helps you lose weight, and also improves your whole-body health. In the beginning of your weight loss journey, you may not feel up to exercising a lot if you have physical limitations. Your Healthy Steps Weight Loss Center team takes that into account when designing a realistic activity plan to help you lose weight faster.

As you start dropping pounds and inches, you’ll notice that you feel better and better. You may increase your activity level accordingly, and your Healthy Steps Weight Loss Center team can adjust your eating plan based on your activity changes.

How can I make sure my nutrition is on track?

You meet with your dietitian at Healthy Steps Weight Loss Center regularly for support. You can also monitor your nutrition at home with testing kits like the Omega Quant® omega-3 testing kits. These kits check your omega-3 fatty acids to make sure you’re getting the nutrition you need to succeed.

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Body Composition Analysis Santa Rosa, CA

Body Composition Analysis

A detailed body composition analysis can help you make sure that you lose unwanted fat rather than precious muscle tissue. At Healthy Steps Weight Loss Center in Santa Rosa, California, you have a bioelectric impedance analysis every week. This computerized reading reveals your fat-mass and other crucial info at a glance. Your dietitian helps you correct any imbalances right away so you can stay healthy and happy. Book your appointment by calling today.

What is body composition analysis?

Healthy Steps Weight Loss Center uses a state-of-the-art system, bioelectric impedance, to evaluate your body composition data including your body fat and lean muscle levels. You undergo a bioelectric impedance analysis every week while you're in the 12-week metabolic reset program at Healthy Steps Weight Loss Center.

How does body composition analysis work?

Your Healthy Steps Weight Loss Center care provider attaches two small electrodes to your right hand, and two to your right foot. A painless low-level current moves through your body. The way that the current moves depends on your body composition.

The current moves through any tissue with lots of fluid (water) with ease, but it's more difficult for it to travel through dense fat. The machine calculates how resistant your body tissues are to the current to determine your body's water level as well as your body fat and your lean muscle mass.

Why do I need bioelectric impedance?

Bioelectric impedance is such a helpful tool for a few different reasons. First, it helps you keep track of your fat loss. With any weight loss program, the goal is never dropping lean muscle mass. When you have lean muscle mass, you're better able to burn fat, you're in better physical condition, and you can enjoy better overall health.

But excess fatty tissue does exactly the opposite: It worsens your health and can even put you at risk for serious issues like diabetes. So losing extra fat is the goal and bioelectric impedance helps you see your progress towards that goal on a weekly basis.

Another important benefit of body composition analysis is that it tells you about the changes in your body that don't necessarily show up on the scale.

For example, you may feel discouraged if you hit a weight loss plateau and don't see the numbers dropping on the scale for a week or two. The body composition analysis might reveal the encouraging fact that you're losing fat mass and replacing it with lean muscle. From there, weight loss will continue.

Want to learn more about how a body composition analysis can help you reach your weight loss goals? Call Healthy Steps Weight Loss Center today.

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Supplements Santa Rosa, CA

Supplements

Eating healthy and maintaining stable blood sugar are important steps in your weight loss plan — but reaching optimal health while losing weight can sometimes be challenging. That’s where supplements can help. At Healthy Steps Weight Loss Center in Santa Rosa, California, your care providers include a medical doctor and dietitians who customize a supplements plan based on your blood work results. Call the office to get started today.

Why are supplements so important?

When you’re losing weight, it can be extremely difficult to get all the nutrients you need from food alone. This may be especially true following bariatric surgery because you’re limiting your food intake so significantly.

The bariatric surgeon and trained dietitians at Healthy Steps Weight Loss Center fully understand how important it is to maintain optimal nutrition as you move through your weight loss journey. For this reason, they offer a wide range of medical grade supplements that you can take as needed.

How do I know which supplements I need?

Your blood work reveals deficiencies that proper supplementation can correct, so your Healthy Steps Weight Loss Center care providers create a personalized supplementation plan for you. You may need vitamins D, C or B12, iron, a multivitamin, or other supplements to stay healthy as you lose weight.

Do I still need supplements if I drink meal replacement products?

It depends on your specific situation. Sometimes after bariatric surgery, you may have difficulty eating at first. Meal replacement products like those from Metagenics® or other medical grade supplement companies can give you all the nutrition you need at once. But, it’s very important to use meal replacement products as directed by your medical care providers.

Depending on your blood work and what type of deficiencies that you have, you have use meal replacement products occasionally but also take supplements. As you recover from your bariatric surgery or go through the weight loss program, your Healthy Steps Weight Loss Center care providers monitor your health and make supplement changes as needed.

How long will I need to take supplements?

It depends on your specific nutrient deficiencies and individual body composition. Most men and women, including post-bariatric surgery patients, benefit from supplementation while in the active phase of weight loss. You may also need to continue supplementation when you’re in the maintenance phase of your weight loss, depending on what your blood work reveals.

To learn more about how medical grade supplements can help you maintain great health while you lose weight, call Healthy Steps Weight Loss Center today.

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Weight Management Santa Rosa, CA

Weight Management

Weight management is a lifelong struggle for many men and women, but you don’t have to keep suffering through one extreme diet after another. At Healthy Steps Weight Loss Center in Santa Rosa, California, a team of weight management experts is ready to help you lose weight or gain weight according to your goals. Their healthy eating plans can help you achieve your weight management goals while also improving your overall health. You may even be able to get off your diabetes medication. Call the office for your appointment now.

How does the weight management plan work?

The weight management plan at Healthy Steps Weight Loss Center is specially customized for your needs. When you come in for your first appointment, you meet with a physician for a health evaluation and discussion of your needs and goals.

The experienced Healthy Steps Weight Loss Center dietitians design a plan based on a low-carb or Mediterranean diet, with an emphasis on low-glycemic foods that help stabilize your blood sugar. This helps with weight management as well as whole-body health. You may even be able to stop taking diabetes medication.

In the 12-week intensive weight management program, you have regular appointments at Healthy Steps Weight Loss Center. Your dietitian tracks your progress and makes adjustments to your eating plan based on your needs.

Weight management at Healthy Steps Weight Loss Center also includes many forms of extra support. This includes:

  • Groups with other patients who are going through the same program
  • Food shopping guidance
  • Restaurant recommendations and help choosing the right menu options
  • Behavioral support and guidance

The weight management program at Healthy Steps Weight Loss Center is about changing your relationship with food and helping you make the changes needed for long-term success.

How does exercise impact my weight management plan?

Exercise is important for whole-body health, and it can help accelerate your weight loss too. In the beginning, especially post-surgery, you may not be ready to jump into an exercise program full-force just yet.

This gets better as you drop fat and gain muscle, and you’ll soon be ready to incorporate regular exercise into your life. Your dietitian at Healthy Steps Weight Loss Center can adjust your nutrition plan based on your activity level.

Which at-home tools help with weight management?

Many patients enjoy optimal success when they take supplements, so Healthy Steps Weight Loss Center offers Metagenics® and Bariatric Advantage® supplements to maintain the ideal levels of vitamins and nutrients in your body.

At-home testing can be an important part of weight management. Healthy Steps Weight Loss Center recommends at-home testing options like the Omega Quant® omega-3 testing kits, which evaluate your fatty acid levels in just seconds.

Tired of crazy diets that don’t work? Change your relationship with food and find lifelong weight management success at Healthy Steps Weight Loss Center today. Call the office today to get started.

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Behavioral Health Santa Rosa, CA

Behavioral Health

Whether you’re a bariatric surgery patient or simply someone who wants to get healthy, losing weight for long-term success requires a healthy body as well as a healthy mind. The team of weight loss experts at Healthy Steps Weight Loss Center in Santa Rosa, California, understands this, and that’s why you have access to behavioral health specialists as you move through your weight loss journey. To learn more about the comprehensive weight loss program and its behavioral health components, call the office to schedule an appointment now.

What kind of behavioral health issues do obese patients suffer?

While it varies considerably from one patient to another, some issues tend to be fairly common among obese patients. Some common problems include depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

There’s no doubt that obesity can impact mental health, and the Healthy Steps Weight Loss Center team understands this connection. To enjoy optimal mental health, and better whole-body health by extension, Healthy Steps Weight Loss Center offers behavioral health support for all patients who need it.

What kind of counseling do I need before bariatric surgery?

It's important to have a behavioral health evaluation prior to your bariatric surgery. With bariatric surgery of any type, your goal is to lose extra weight and become healthier in the process. Mental health is a very important component of overall health and wellness, and that's one reason that a behavioral health evaluation before your bariatric surgery is so important.

Your pre-surgery evaluation can verify that you understand the planned surgery. A behavioral health evaluation is often required by insurance companies that are covering bariatric surgery.

What happens during my pre-surgery evaluation?

The team and you discuss your relationship with food, your history with dieting, and past weight loss results. During your evaluation, you can learn valuable information. For example, your psychologist can help you determine your areas of strength and areas of vulnerability in regards to food. This is information you can use after surgery to help you achieve optimal success.

If you’re struggling both physically and mentally to lose weight, Healthy Steps Weight Loss Center has solutions for you. Call the office to make your appointment today.

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