Stay on track during the holidays with nutrition counseling

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Stay on track during the holidays with nutrition counseling

Don’t let the holiday season derail your ambitions for healthy eating. Weight gained from bad eating habits can take nearly half a year to lose, according to research findings in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Curbing your appetite with the guidance of diet and weight-loss programs work for some. But it can be overwhelming to stay on track and find what’s best for you.

Like many trying to lose weight, Sara McKinnon, director of benefit operations at Unum, needed something different. She needed a change.

That’s when she discovered nutritional counseling.

With the guidance of her nutrition counselor, a licensed and registered dietitian, Sara has lost 56 pounds so far, decreased medication intake and experienced positive blood results. And, that’s not all.
“I’ve gotten so much out of this service personally,” she said. “I’ve learned I really can do anything I set my mind to.”

The result? She can’t stop sharing about it.

“I talk about this program with everyone,” she said. “If you want to feel better and learn how to incorporate small changes, consider this benefit. You won’t be disappointed.”

Accountability and setting realistic goals can help you feel your best self. Something as small as 5 percent weight loss is considered a significant health improvement.

“People sort of think of nutrition counseling as a last resort, and they think they will miss their favorite foods,” said Laurie Mitchell, assistant vice president of Global Wellness & Health at Unum. “That’s not the case: It’s like having a personal trainer for your diet.”

Unum is one of a growing number of companies that offers on-site nutrition counseling for its employees. The costs of these services may also be covered at 100 percent under medical plans that focus on preventive care.

Sara continues to see her nutrition counselor every two weeks, and she loves seeing her improvement towards a healthier and happier lifestyle.

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